Race Report: Monza, 31 August 1975
A round of the Italian F3 Championship, no other details available.
A round of the Italian F3 Championship, no other details available.
A huge entry of 75 cars arrived at Monza to try and win the latest round of the BP Championship. Due to the size of the entry there were four qualifying sessions which would decide the runners for the two 10 lap heats, the fastest 25 would make the final.
Larry Perkins set the fastest overall time one second under the circuit lap record, second quickest was the works March of Alex Ribeiro. Gunnar Nilsson was a disappointed non-starter, on a quick lap the Swede’s March clipped a kerb and was launched in the air, the 753 flipped over several times. The chassis was written off and Nilsson was lucky to escape with no worse damage than having the paint scraped off the top of his helmet. Conny Andersson’s team-mate Gianni Savoia also wrote off his March 753 in an end-over-end accident on the day before qualifying so the March factory would be busy making some new tubs.
Ribeiro took the win in Heat 1 from the similar March-Toyota 753 of Italian Gianfranco Brancatelli with the year old March of Richard Hawkins third. Savoia didn’t endear himself to his team by writing off a second tub at one of the chicanes, Pierre Dieudonné had to spin his B&O March in avoidance and fell to the back of the field and missed the cut for the final. Also involved in the aftermath of Savoia’s accident was the second works Modus of Swiss Fritz Stehlin who was struck by some of the wreckage which broke his shoulder. Amazingly Stehlin struggled to the finish holding the steering wheel between his knees and his uninjured arm, he didn’t qualify for the final although even if he had his injury would have precluded him from starting. Others in difficulty were Patrick Neve having a one-off outing in the ex-works Lotus 73B now run by Dr Joseph Ehrlich, he started 21st and a down on power engine saw him finish 15th. The usual Ehrlich of Tony Rouff retired after contact with a chicane tore out a radius rod from the chassis.
The second heat was a walkover for Larry Perkins as the works Ralt lead from start to finish, to add to the bad day at the office for Modus Danny Sullivan who had qualified seventh fell back through the field with a misfire and failed to make the final.
The final was initially a battle between three men, Larry Perkins, Alex Ribeiro and Fernando Spreafico (GRD 374). Perkins soon began to draw away from the other two men who then became embroiled in a particularly hairy battle for second. As the March and GRD had their final run to the flag Ribeiro administered a huge chop to Spreafico and the unfortunate Italian found himself crossing the line sideways and on the wrong side of the marker cones that delineate the new track from the old. For his pains Ribeiro found himself disqualified for dangerous driving after the organisers had viewed the incident on closed circuit TV. Of the other runners Richard Hawkins spun out whilst Graham Hamilton had been running well in sixth in the Ecurie Ecosse March until he too gyrated off the track. Conny Andersson (March 753) and Monaco winner Renzo Zorzi (GRD 374) were both retirees with engine bothers. Fastest lap went to Italian Luigino Grassi who had hired the Ralt RT1 normally driven by Terry Perkins for the day.
Very few details are available for round 2 of the Italian championship.
The Coupe AGIP was held over two heats and a final, the first heat went to Jacques Lafitte in his Martini from the similar car of Bernard Beguin. The second heat went to pole man Michel Leclere in his Alpine-Renault from the sister car of Alain Serpaggi.
Leclere won the final from team mate Serpaggi who was hampered with a recalcitrant gearbox, third was the March of Italian driver Cerulli. Jacques Lafitte retired on the twelfth lap with damaged suspension, Pierre-Francois Rousselot had been third but a moment dropped him back, he recovered to fifth despite an unhealthy engine.
The fifth AGIP F3 Cup was held over two heats and a final and was dominated by the Italian contingent.
It was four heats and two finals over two days for the Italian F3 runners at Monza. One surprise was that Vittorio Brambilla had given up on his Birel-Alfa Romeo and was now running a Brabham-Novamotor BT38, his elder brother Tino was having a run in the Birel, his first F3 race for several years.
On the 27th the first heat, after a typical Monza slipstreamer, went to Pino Pica from Giorgio Pianta, Vittorio Venturi and “Pibo” with just 0.4 seconds separating them at the finish. Heat two saw Vittorio Brambilla take a relatively easy 2 second win over Claudio Francisci, Alessandro Pessenti-Rossi was a further 0.2 seconds behind with Gaudenzio Mantova and Tino Brambilla fourth and fifth, 0.3 seconds apart.
The final was an incredibly close affair with the first five cars being separated by 0.2 seconds, Pino Pica took the win from Carlo Giorgio, Vittorio Brambilla, Sandro Cinotti and Alessandro Pessenti-Rossi.
On the 28th some more drivers arrived to join in the fun and it was Alberto Colombo winning heat one by 0.1 seconds from Vittorio Brambilla, “Pibo”, Marcello Gallo and “Gero”. Heat two and it was Carlo Giorgio heading Adelmo Bignami, Pino Pica and Sandro Cinotti.
The final was fought out between three drivers with Alberto Colombo taking the victory from Carlo Giorgio and Vittorio Brambilla, fourth and fifth were Adelmo Bignami and Sandro Cinotti.
This was the second round of the Italian F3 Championship and was apparently run to the “breakaway” Italian regulations which allowed a 23mm air restrictor.
Victory went to 24 year old Carlo Giorgio in his Brabham BT35 from the works Tecno’s of Fontanesi and Bodini. It was the usual tight Monza race with Giorgio only taking the lead at Parabolica on the last lap. Vittorio Brambilla won a heat with his Birel-Alfa Romeo but could only manage seventh in the final.
This was the first round of the Italian F3 Championship and it was originally planned to run it to the “breakaway” Italian regulations which allowed a 23mm air restrictor, however intervention by a CSI representative saw the normal 21.5mm restrictor fitted to all cars.
The race was held over two heats and a final in the pouring rain on the junior Monza circuit. Heat one went to Vittorio Brambilla after Jochen Mass retired his March 723 with a broken gear lever. The two Scuderia Italia Brabham BT35s of Pico Pina and Adelmo Bignani came second and third. The works Tecno of Luigi Fontanesi won heat two from a gaggle of BT35s, Italian lady racer Lella Lombardi took ninth in her Lotus 69.
Pico Pina took an easy victory in the final winning by 20 seconds from Brambilla, Fontanesi was a further 16 seconds down in third.
Unusually this round of the Italian F3 Championship was scheduled to be run on the same day as the Nations Cup at Thruxton which effectively prevented Italy sending a team to England.
The Coupe Agip was held over two heats and a final and pole position was taken by the Tecno of Luigi Fontanesi from the Martini of François Rabbione and the works Branca of Giovanni Salvati.
The first heat saw a win for the Brabham BT28 of Adelmo Fossati from Jean Blanc who was returning to F3 with his F2 car fitted with a Novamotor, third was the Martini of Phillipe Albera. All three cars were covered by 0.4 seconds at the flag.
Heat two was a victory for the Tecno of Giovanni Salvati by 0.1 seconds from the similar car of Carlo Giorgio with another Tecno, that of Sombanef, third a further 0.3 down and 0.4 seconds ahead of Claude Bourgoignie’s Lotus 69. The final saw a win for Salvati’s Tecno by 0.2 seconds from Bourgoignie with Giorgio and Rabbione a similar distance behind and Blanc trailing in 7 seconds behind these four.
By this stage of the season it is possible that all the cars might have 1600cc engines.