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The 19th International Gold Cup was a non-championship Formula One race, which was held on the Oulton Park circuit, located near Tarporley, Cheshire, England on 29 May 1972.[1]

1972 International Gold Cup
Non-championship race in the 1972 Formula One season
Oulton Park circuit
Oulton Park circuit
Race details
Date 29 May 1972
Official name XIX International Gold Cup
Location Oulton Park, Cheshire
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.4434 km (2.761 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 177.749 km ( mi)
Pole position
Driver BRM
Time 1:24.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Brian Redman Chevron-Chevrolet
Time 1:25.8
First McLaren-Cosworth
Second Lotus-Cosworth
Third Surtees-Cosworth



The race had been brought forward to the Bank Holiday weekend in the hope of attracting more entries. However, a competing Formula Two race at Crystal Palace took away some potential entrants. As a result, ten of the cars that had competed in the European Formula 5000 round earlier in the day joined the eight Formula One cars on the grid.[2]

Although the race regularly attracted the top teams from across Britain and Europe, the increasing costs of F1 and more countries wishing to have their own Grand Prix, the Gold Cup fell by wayside with this being the last true F1 race.[3]


Peter Gethin took pole position for the Marlboro BRM, in their BRM P160B, averaging a speed of 117.433 mph. Denny Hulme in a McLaren M19A was second fastest, just 0.2 of a second behind. The fastest of the F5000 cars was Alan Rollinson in fifth, in his Alan McKechnie Racing Lola-Chevrolet T300.[4]


The race was held over 40 laps of the Oulton Park circuit. Denny Hulme took the winner spoils for Yardley Team McLaren, driving their McLaren-Cosworth M19A. Hulme won in a time of 1hr 24.400mins., averaging a speed of 115.408 mph. The second car home was that of Emerson Fittipaldi, for the John Player Team Lotus in their Cosworth powered Lotus 72D. The podium was completed by Tim Schenken, in a Surtees-Cosworth TS9B for Team Surtees outfit albeit one lap adrift. The first F5000 car home was that of Brian Redman in a Sid Taylor Racing entered, Chevron-Chevrolet B24 in fourth.[5][6][7]


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 46   Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth 40 57:15.6 2
2 44   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth 40 + 37.4 s 3
3 47   Tim Schenken Surtees-Cosworth 39 +1 lap 11
4 1   Brian Redman Chevron-Chevrolet 39 +1 lap 8
5 43   Vern Schuppan BRM 39 +1 lap 6
6 8   Ray Allen McLaren-Chevrolet 38 +2 laps 10
7 4   Guy Edwards McLaren-Chevrolet 38 +2 laps 16
8 6   Ian Ashley Lola-Chevrolet 37 +3 laps 14
9 33   Teddy Pilette McLaren-Chevrolet 35 +5 laps 12
10 10   Ray Calcutt McLaren-Chevrolet 35 +5 laps 18
NC 21   David Prophet McLaren-Chevrolet 31 +9 laps 13
Ret 25   Keith Holland McLaren-Chevrolet 33 Engine mounting 17
Ret 9   Gijs van Lennep Surtees-Chevrolet 30 Shock absorber mounting 15
Ret 45   David Walker Lotus-Cosworth 25 Gearbox 4
Ret 12   Alan Rollinson Lola-Chevrolet 19 Rear cross-member 5
Ret 41   Peter Gethin BRM 10 Wheel bearing seizure 1
Ret 42   Reine Wisell BRM 2 Accident/Broken finger 7
Ret 48   Ronnie Peterson March-Cosworth 1 Accident 9



  1. ^ "International Gold Cup 1972". Racing Sports Cars. 1972-05-29. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  2. ^ Peter McFadyen, “Motor Racing at Oulton Park in The 1970s " (Veloce Publishing Ltd, ISBN 9781845841645, 2008)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "International Gold Cup 1972 - Qualifying Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  5. ^ "International Gold Cup 1972 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  6. ^ a b Darren Galpin. "1972 Non-World Championship Formula One Races". Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  7. ^ a b "XIX International Gold Cup • STATS F1". 1972-05-29. Retrieved 2014-03-15.

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