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Brands Hatch Race of Champions Meeting

Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 19/3/1972
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Pole position: Thomas in 1.42,8
Fastest lap: Matthews in 1.53,8

Distance: 20 laps
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Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1972 Cars

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With a cloud of oil smoke pouring from the back of his brand new SCA European Road Services 5.7 Chevrolet Camaro, Frank Gardner scored a tremendous victory in the final event of the afternoon, the 20-lap opening round of the Wiggins Teape Paperchase '72. This Group 2 contest provided the most thrilling racing on the programme, for Gardner had to wrestle his way to first place in the face of a strong challenge from Dave Matthews' Melton Racing Broadspeed Escort RS1600 and Martin Thomas in the WMG Marketing Camaro. Lap after lap the blue Escort would appear glued to Frank's bootlid, taking the brunt of the oil smoke over its windscreen, while Thomas kept the pressure up from third place. Gardner finally won by 0.6s from Thomas, Matthews having dropped to third with fading brakes on the last lap, although he was only another 1.3 seconds adrift. As he stepped from his car on the finish line, Matthews was cheered to the echo by delighted fans in the main grandstand. Jonathan Buncombe (Longman 1.3 Cooper S) proved very quick in practice, but was unable to prevent Vince Woodman's VMW Motors Escort 1300 GT Broadspeed from taking the class. Bill McGovern in the 1-litre Bevan Imp dominated the smallest class - could this be the start of a championship hat-trick for the team?


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, 35.33,5 2 1.43,3 1.43,9  
2 2 4 W.M.G. Marketing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Martin Thomas, GB
5736 V8 D 20 laps 1 1.42,8    
3 1 30 Melton Racing with Broadspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dave Matthews, GB
1798 L4 C 20 laps, 35.35,4 4 1.44,0 1.43,8  
4 2 29 Ford Motor Company
Ford Escort RS 1600
Erik Høyer, DK
1860 L4 C 20 laps, 37.03 7 1.45,9    
5 1 55 VMW Motors
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Vince Woodman, GB
1298 L4 B 20 laps, 37.09,4 10 1.49,8 1.49,1  
6 2 62 Richard Longman & Co.
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jonathan Buncombe, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 37.25 9 1.49,7    
7 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 19 12 1.50,4 1.51,9  
8 3 52 Woodhead Shock Absorbers
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Brian Peacock, GB
1298 L4 B 19 14 1.51,3    
9 4 60 Ken Costello
BMC Mini Cooper S
Rob Mason, GB
1293 L4 B 19 18 1.54,1    
10 5 57 AVJ Developments
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Paul Ridgway, GB
1298 L4 B 19 16 1.53,0    
11 2 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 18 19 1.55,1    
12 3 77  
BMC Mini Cooper
Mo Mendham, GB
998 L4 A 18 30 2.07,5    
13 6 68  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Gordon Dawkins, GB
1293 L4 B 18 24 1.57,3    
14 7 51  
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Freddie Jacks, GB
1298 L4 B 18 27 2.02,1    
15 4 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 18 29 2.03,1    
16 8 67 Chris Parsons
BMC Mini Cooper S
Richard Piper, GB
1293 L4 B 17 28 2.02,2    
DNF   54 Gulf Team Kamilainen
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Heikki Kemilainen, SF
1298 L4 B 13 13 1.51,1   Slides
DNF   33  
Ford Escort TC
Zekia Redjep, CY
1594 L4 C 11 15 1.52,8   Engine
DNF   31 Gulf Team Kamilainen
Ford Escort RS 1600
Matti Kemilainen, SF
1798 L4 C 10 6 1.44,6   Gearbox
DNF   28 Norman Reeves/Stirling Cooper
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dave Brodie, GB
1974 L4 C 5 5 1.44,2   Oil pipe
DNF   3 Cona Coffee
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Martin Birrane, IRL
5752 V8 D 2 11 1.50,2   Oil surge
DNF   8 Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir, AUS
2940 V6 D   3 1.43,8   Engine
DNF   59 Mowatt Motor Caravans
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jon Mowatt, GB
1293 L4 B   22 1.56,8    
DNF   26 John Willment Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600
Mike Crabtree, GB
1992 L4 C   31 2.12,2    
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A   20 1.56,2   Lost wheel
DSQ   63  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
1293 L4 B   17 1.53,9   Disqualified: Entered pits incorrectly
DNF   66  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Mike Drinkwater, GB
1293 L4 B   23 1.57,0    
DNF   82  
BMC Mini Cooper
Jeremy Bean, GB
998 L4 A   25 2.01,0    
DNF   69 Selhurst Business machines Ltd.
BMC Mini Cooper S
Barry Johnson, GB
1293 L4 B   26 2.01,7    
DNS   2  
AMC Javelin
David Howes, GB
6572 V8 D   8 1.48,6   Accident in practice
DNS   81  
Hillman Imp
Trevor Willcocks, GB
998 L4 A   21 1.56,7    
DNS   58 M&S International Race
BMC Mini Cooper S
Peter Semus, GB
1293 L4 B   32 2.12,9