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6 hours of Paul Ricard

Paul Ricard circuit, Le Castellet, France

Date: 3/9/1972
Track length: 5.809 m
Attendance: 20.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 31
Finishers: 22

Pole position: Glemser/Mass in 2.13,4
Fastest lap: Muir in 2.13,9

Distance: 6 hours
Average speed: 151,779 kmh
Weather: Sunny and hot
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1972 Cars

 

The attraction of Paul Ricard was money. Not only the amount of price money, but starting money for Big Names too. Like Stewart/Cevert in a Ford works car, with Elf sponsoring and Goodyear tires.

Gerry Birrell was the sensation of Friday, driving the Frami works-built Capri, still on 13” wheels unlike the factory cars with its Firestone tires to 2.13,7, half a second faster than the works cars, while the BMWs had difficulties with the set-up. Hezemans pushed Alpina to try Firestones too, and while Schnitzer did the same early on Saturday both improved on their times. Glemser finally managed to beat Birrell’s time, but no one else did. Then the rain came, allowing no further time improvements, while Akersloot, last-minute replacement for Quester who was not allowed to race by the doctor, could come to grips with the Alpina coupé. Ford Köln changed engines, ass well as the Malcolm Gartlan team, who installed at brand new experimental engine obtained from Weslake from the back door.

Stommelen made a fantastic start and took the lead, followed by Stewart, Birrell, Muir, Hezemans, Glemser and Larrousse. The cars kept close together, reaching lap times of 2.15 on full tanks.

The first one to break free was Muir, his engine seemingly very strong. The BMWs dropped back, Stommelen himself making a lengthy repair of the fuel injection belt.

After one hour, the Muir Capri was still in the lead, the works cars hardly capably to stay in the slipstream. Behind five Capris, Hezemans was still able to keep their pace. When the works cars came in for fuel, Hezemans stuck like a man possessed behind the leading Gartlan Capri, until the car had to be repaired in the pits. The other Alpina coupé did not make the start at all since its engine had broken during the warm-up.

After three hours, Cevert was in the lead for a short spell, followed by Muir, Soler-Roig, Franck and the Broadspeed Escort of Matthews/Rouse. Division 1 was lead by the Autodelta team as usual, after the fastest car in practice (Dona/Grano, Fiat 128 coupé) had retired after 19 laps.
Mass had retired by now, and was moved to the Larrousse/Soler-Roig car. Pankl, who had taken over from Hezemans, found himself in the wire fence after his left front tire had exploded.

The Ford works team waited until the Gartlan Capri had to come in for fuel to take over the lead, it had stopped one time less than them, so he would have to come in. Would he? No he did not, thanks to a modification in the Weslake engine, of which only a single version existed. Not enough for the works team, but sufficient for the Gartlan team. An exciting and unexpected victory for Muir and co-driver Miles.


Division 1, 2 and 3
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 10 Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir, AUS
John Miles, GB
2940 V6 Div. 3 157 6 2.15,3 2.13,9  
2 2 7 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jackie Stewart, GB
François Cevert, F
2940 V6 Div. 3 157 3 2.14,3    
3 3 8 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Gérard Larrousse, F
Alex Soler-Roig, E
Jochen Mass, D
2940 V6 Div. 3 156 4 2.14,5    
4 1 26 Team Broadspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dave Matthews, GB
Andy Rouse, GB
1800? L4 Div. 2 153 8 2.17,1    
5 4 11 Kent International Racing
Ford Capri RS 2600
Gerry Birrell, GB
Jean-Claude Franck, B
2940 V6 Div. 3 151 2 2.13,7    
6 5   BMW Belgium
BMW 2800 CS
Alain Peltier, B
Jean Xhenceval, B
2996 L6 Div. 3 149 12 2.20,9    
7 6 19 Luigi/Racing Team Marabout
BMW 2800 CS
Vincent Gaye, B
Willy Braillard, B
2996 L6 Div. 3 145 15 2.22,9    
8 1   Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Carlo Facetti, I
Gianluigi Picchi, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 142 19 2.26,0    
9 2    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani, I
Vincenzo Cazzago ("Pooky"), I
Vittorio Venturi, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 140 18 2.25,1    
10 3    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Harald Ertl, A
Massimo Larini, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 139 22 2.28,0    
11 4 46 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Gijs van Lennep, NL
Spartaco Dini ("Paco"), I
1290 L4 Div. 1 138 20 2.27,1    
12 2    
Ford Escort RS 1600
Freddy Semoulin ("Alain Dex"), B
Yves Deprez, B
1800? L4 Div. 2 134 13 2.21,1    
13 7 15 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
John Fitzpatrick, GB
Rolf Stommelen, D
2996 L6 Div. 3   5 2.14,6   DNF, injection pump
14 8   Faltz-Alpina Essen
BMW 2800 CS
Hinz, D
Horst Bonefeld, D
2996 L6 Div. 3   14 2.22,6    
15 5   Écurie Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Jean-Claude Boucher, F
Lucien Guitteny, F
1296 L4 Div. 1 128 27 2.37,7    
16 6   Écurie Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Daniel Dupré, F
A. Soulard, F
1296 L4 Div. 1 126 30 2.47,9    
17 3    
BMW 2002
Massimo Torre, I
Vineis
1990 L4 Div. 2 121 31 2.48,3    
18 7    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Jean-P. Moers, B
Bernd Clauberg, D
1290 L4 Div. 1   33 2.50,2    
19 8 54 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 Rallye
Jacques Coulon, F
Philippe Albera, F
1290 L4 Div. 1   25 2.31,5    
20 4   Jolly Club
Ford Escort RS 1600
Martino Finotto, I
Manfred Mohr, D
Ernst Berg, NL
1800? L4 Div. 2 109 16 2.23,2    
21 9 52  
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Walter Dona, I
Umberto Grano, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 109 17 2.25,0    
22 10    
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jallot, F
Gérard Masset, F
1293 L4 Div. 1   28 2.37,7    
DNF      
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Hartwig Bertrams, D
Hans Hessel, D
1290 L4 Div. 1   29 2.45,8    
DNF      
BMW 2002 TI
Rudy Host ("MacIntosh"), B
Claude De Wael, B
1990 L4 Div. 2   32 2.49,4   Engine
DNF   53 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Bernard Chenevière, CH
Gérard Pillon, CH
1290 L4 Div. 1   24 2.28,3    
DNF      
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Vince Woodman, GB
Dave Brodie, GB
1298 L4 Div. 1   23 2.28,2    
DNF      
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jean-Claude Geurie, F
Cyril Grandet, F
2940 V6 Div. 3   11 2.20,4    
DNF      
Ford Mustang
Martin Birrane, IRL
Chris Craft, GB
  V8 Div. 3   10 2.20,3    
DNF      
BMW 2002 TI
Pierre Rubens, B
Jean-Marie Detrin, B
1990 L4 Div. 2   26 2.33,6   Engine
DNF   18 BMW-Alpina
BMW 2800 CS
Toine Hezemans, NL
Gerold Pankl, A
2996 L6 Div. 3   7 2.15,4   Tyre, accident
DNF   9 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jochen Mass, D
Dieter Glemser, D
2940 V6 Div. 3 ca. 50 1 2.13,4   Water in fuel
DNS      
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Ernst Berg, NL
Anton Keizer, NL
1999 L4 Div. 2   21 2.27,9   Piston ring
DNS     BMW-Alpina
BMW 2800 CS
Helmut Kelleners, D
Han Akersloot, NL
Dieter Quester, A
2996 L6 Div. 3   9 2.17,6   Crankshaft
DNQ      
Chevrolet Camaro
Robert Eberhard, D
  V8 Div. 3          

Remarks: Spanish TCC coefficient: 9,6