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John Player Grand Prix Support Race

Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 15/7/1972
Track length:
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 37
Starters: 35
Finishers: 21 classified

Pole position: Muir in 1.40,4 = 152,9 kmh
Fastest lap: Muir in 1.40,5

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 149,10 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1972 Cars

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The sixth round of the Wiggins Teape Paperchase '72 offered the now usual high standards of car preparation and a fair quota of drama was enacted during the 20 laps of the full circuit. Frank Gardner rumbled the SCA late model Chevrolet Camaro to a firm win on 5.7 litres of Alan Smith power after Brian Muir led the initial 16 laps, and sliced 0.7s off the overall Group 2 record before the beautiful blue Capri spun to rest on its own oil.
David Matthews and Brodie fought fiercely for second overall and class honours, Brodie taking the verdict whilst Finland's Heikki Kemilainen also upheld Escort honours in his Gulf-backed 1300 GT, scoring a fine victory against very strong UK opposition. No drama in the little class: Bill McGovern just got on with the job of scooping up yet another maximum point score in search of his third Championship title in the George Bevan Imp.


Touring Cars class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 34.19,3 2 1.41,0    
2 1 28 Norman Reeves/Stirling Cooper
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dave Brodie, GB
1987 L4 C 20 laps, 34.36,5 4 1.42,5    
3 2 30 Melton Racing with Broadspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dave Matthews, GB
1798 L4 C 20 laps, 34.37,9 3 1.42,3 1.42,0  
4 3 26 John Willment Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600
Mike Crabtree, GB
1800 L4 C 20 laps, 35.18,8 7 1.45,3    
5 2 4 W.M.G. Marketing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Martin Thomas, GB
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 35.25,9 5 1.44,0    
6 4 32 Willy Kay
Ford Escort RS 1600
Willie Green, GB
1850 L4 C 20 laps, 34.44,1 10 1.46,5    
7 3 6  
Ford Mustang Boss
Dennis Leech, GB
5700? V8 D 19 laps, 34.34,3 9 1.46,0    
8 1 54 Gulf Team Kamilainen
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Heikki Kemilainen, SF
1298 L4 B 19 laps, 35.04,7 16 1.49,7 1.48,6  
9 2 62 Richard Longman & Co.
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jonathan Buncombe, GB
1293 L4 B 19 laps, 35.17,3 17 1.50,1    
10 3 59  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jon Mowatt, GB
1293 L4 B 19 laps, 36.15,2 21 1.52,7    
11 4 52 Woodhead Shock Absorbers
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Brian Peacock, GB
1298 L4 B 18 laps, 34.23,0 20 1.52,2    
12 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 18 laps, 35.09,8 18 1.50,5 1.50,8  
13   70 VMW Motors
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Ted Savory, GB
1298 L4 B 18 laps, 35.25,9 26 1.54,3    
14   67  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Chris Parsons, GB
1293 L4 B 18 laps, 35.55,3 34 1.59,7    
15 3 82  
BMC Mini Cooper
Jeremy Bean, GB
998 L4 A 18 laps, 36.17,4 32 1.57,7    
16   68  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Gordon Dawkins, GB
1293 L4 B 18 laps, 36.49,1 33 1.58,0    
17 2 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 17 laps, 35.26,8 25 1.52,8   Including 1 minute penalty
18/NRF   8 Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir, AUS
2940 V6 D 16 laps, 27.08,9 1 1.40,4 1.40,5 Engine
19   79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 16 laps, 35.45,0 31 1.57,3    
20/NRF   62 Ken Costello
BMC Mini Cooper S
Rob Mason, GB
1293 L4 B 14 laps, 25.50,5 15 1.49,6   Split transmission casing
21   85  
Sunbeam Imp
Tony Charnell, GB
998 L4 A 14 laps, 35.36,6 35 2.05,0    
DNF   75  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Allan Jones, GB
1293 L4 B 10 24 1.53,5    
DNF   3 Cona Coffee
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Martin Birrane, IRL
ca. 5000 V8 D 9 13 1.49,4   Steering
DNF   55 VMW Motors
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Vince Woodman, GB
1298 L4 B 8 14 1.49,6   Gearbox
DNF   7  
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Colin Hawker, GB
2993 V6 D 8 36 2.05,0   Oil pressure
DNF   66  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Mike Drinkwater, GB
1293 L4 B 6 29 1.57,0    
DNF   33  
Ford Escort TC
Zekia Redjep, CY
1594 L4 C 5 19 1.51,3    
DNF   34 Gerry Edmonds Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600
Lawrie Hickman, GB
1800 L4 C 5 11 1.46,5   Engine
DNF   56  
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Jeremy Nightingale, GB
1298 L4 B 5 23 1.53,5   Fire
DNF   31 Gulf Team Kamilainen
Ford Escort RS 1600
Matti Kemilainen, SF
  L4 C 3 8 1.45,5   Oil pressure
DNF   10 Research Consultants Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro
Terry Sanger, GB
  V8 D 2 6 1.44,1   Accident
DNF   2  
AMC Javelin
David Howes, GB
6390 V8 D 2 12 1.48,1   Puncture
DNF   84  
Sunbeam Imp
Andy Holloway, GB
998 L4 A 2 30 1.57,3    
DNF   63  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
1293 L4 B   22 1.52,9    
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A   27 1.55,6    
DNS?   77  
BMC Mini Cooper
Mo Mendham, GB
998 L4 A   28 1.56,8    
DNQ?   83  
Sunbeam Imp
Terry Watts, GB
998 L4 A   37 no time    
DNS   115 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D     1.46,0   T-car