Race Report: Knockhill, 3 August 1975


All the usual runners arrived North of the border for the latest round of the BP championship and it was Modus that dominated practice with new boy Eddie Cheever and Danny Sullivan setting the first and third fastest times. Patrick Neve in the Safir split the two Americans at the front of the grid.

The field got away cleanly at the flag but as the cars entered the first corner with several drivers already dropping wheels off the track Eddie Cheever’s engine gave out and in the avoiding action that followed Alex Ribeiro, Richard Hawkins and Rupert Keegan made contact. All three were able to continue but Keegan’s March lost its damaged nosecone during the lap. At the next right hander Hervé Regout dropped his March 753 reducing the field by one. Out in front Neve was leading Sullivan and Gunnar Nilsson, next up Ingo Hoffman was ahead of Graham Hamilton who was having a good run in the Ecurie Ecosse March 753.
Over the remaining laps the field became more and more straggled out with no further changes of position amongst the leaders allowing Patrick Neve to take a comfortable victory. There was a protest after the race from the Modus team that Neve’s car had been started on a slave battery but it was confirmed that a recent RAC rule change now permitted this.



Race Report: Knockhill, 3 August 1975

Race Heat 1

1 Vittorio Brambilla

Birel Alfa Romeo 20:09.40

2 Fabrizio Noe

Lotus-Ford 69 20:09.50

3 Luigi Fontanesi

Tecno-Ford 20:13.10

4 Carlo Franchi (Gimax)

De Sanctis-Alfa Romeo 20:23.40

Race Heat 2

1 Giovanni Lo Voi

Brabham-Ford BT28 15:05.00

2 Adelmo Fossati

Brabham BT28 15:05.00

3 Patrice Compain

Martini-Ford MW7 15:21.00

4 Manfred Möhr

Lotus-Ford 15:34.10

5 Marcello Gallo

Brabham BT28

Race Final

1 Vittorio Brambilla

Birel Alfa Romeo 30:44.30 144.318

2 Marcello Gallo

Brabham BT28 30:44.34

3 Fabrizio Noe

Lotus-Ford 69 30:45.10

4 Adelmo Fossati

Brabham BT28 30:55.40

5 Patrice Compain

Martini-Ford MW7 31:08.00

6 Carlo Franchi (Gimax)

De Sanctis-Alfa Romeo 31:11.50

7 Manfred Möhr

Lotus-Ford 31:59.60

8 Giovanni Lo Voi

Martini-Ford MW7 31:08.00