1972 Rothmans F5000 European Championship

The 1972 Rothmans F5000 European Championship [1][2][3] was a motor racing series for Formula 5000 cars.[4] The series was organized in the United Kingdom by the British Racing and Sports Car Club but also included rounds in Belgium and Ireland.[5] It was the fourth European Formula 5000 Championship,[6] and the second to be contested under the Rothmans F5000 European Championship name. The championship was won by Gijs van Lennep, driving a Surtees TS11 and a McLaren M18.[4]

CalendarEdit

 
Gijs van Lennep won the championship driving a Surtees TS11 and a McLaren M18

The championship was contested over fourteen rounds.[4]

Round [7] Name [8] Circuit [7] Date [7] Winning driver [8] Car [7]
1 Brands Hatch Rothmans F5000   Brands Hatch 18 March   Brian Redman McLaren M10B Chevrolet
2 Mallory Park Rothmans F5000   Mallory Park 26 March   Alan Rollinson Lola T300 Chevrolet
3 Snetterton Rothmans F5000   Snetterton 31 March   Gijs van Lennep Surtees TS11 Chevrolet
4 Brands Hatch Rothmans F5000   Brands Hatch 3 April   Graham McRae Leda GM1 Chevrolet
5 Trophée de la Mer   Nivelles 9 April   Graham McRae Leda GM1 Chevrolet
6 GKN Vanwall Trophy   Silverstone 22 April   Graham McRae Leda GM1 Chevrolet
7 Dublin Grand Prix   Mondello Park 30 April   Brian Redman McLaren M10B Chevrolet
8 Oulton Park Rothmans F5000   Oulton Park 29 May   Brian Redman Chevron B24 Chevrolet
9 Mallory Park Rothmans F5000   Mallory Park 18 June   Steve Thompson Surtees TS8 Chevrolet
10 Charles Heidsieck Challenge Trophy   Brands Hatch 13 July   Graham McRae McRae GM1 Chevrolet
11 Silverstone Rothmans F5000   Silverstone 6 August   Gijs van Lennep Surtees TS11 Chevrolet
12 Brands Hatch Rothmans F5000   Brands Hatch 24 September   Alan Rollinson Lola T300 Chevrolet
13 Oulton Park Rothmans F5000   Oulton Park 14 October   Graham McRae McRae GM1 Chevrolet
14 Brands Hatch Rothmans F5000   Brands Hatch 21 October   Brian Redman Chevron B24 Chevrolet

Points systemEdit

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places at each of the first thirteen rounds and on an 18-12-10-8-6-4-2 basis for the first six places at the final round.[4]

Championship standingsEdit

Position [4] Driver [4] Car [4] Entrant [4] Points [4]
1   Gijs van Lennep Surtees TS11 Chevrolet
McLaren M18 Chevrolet
Speed International Racing 65
2   Brian Redman McLaren M10B Chevrolet
Chevron B24 Chevrolet
Sid Taylor 61
3   Graham McRae Leda GM1 Chevrolet[7]
McRae GM1 Chevrolet
Crown Lynn Potteries 57
4   Alan Rollinson Lola T300 Chevrolet
Kitchmac Chevrolet
Alan McKenchnie Racing 51
5   Teddy Pilette McLaren M18 Chevrolet
McLaren M22 Chevrolet
Racing Team VDS 25
6   Ray Allen McLaren M18 Chevrolet
Surtees TS11 Chevrolet
Speed International Racing 23
7   Steve Thompson Surtees TS8 Chevrolet Alan Brodie 19
8   Keith Holland McLaren M10B Chevrolet   16
9   John Cannon March 725 Oldsmobile   15
10   Frank Gardner Lola T330 Chevrolet Lola Cars 8
11   Ian Ashley Lola T190 Chevrolet Rocky Plumridge 6
=   David Prophet McLaren M18 Chevrolet
McLaren M10B Chevrolet
Speed International Racing 6
13   Clive Santo McLaren M10B Chevrolet   5
14   Gordon Spice Kitchmac Chevrolet   4
15   Fred Saunders Crosslé 15F Rover Mermaid Racing 3
16   Guy Edwards McLaren M10B Chevrolet John Butterworth 2
=   Pierre Soukry McLaren M10B Chevrolet   2
=   Roger Williamson Kitchmac Chevrolet   2
19   Ray Calcutt McLaren M18 Chevrolet Speed International Racing 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Programme, 1972 Rothmans F5000 European Championship, Mallory Park, Sunday 18 June 1972
  2. ^ Programme, 1972 Rothmans F5000 European Championship, Brands Hatch, Sunday 24 September 1972
  3. ^ Programme, 1972 Rothmans F5000 European Championship Car Races, Oulton Park, Saturday 14 October 1972
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula 5000 in Europe - Race by Race, 2004, pages 90 to 91
  5. ^ European Formula 5000 races 1969-1977, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 23 December 2014
  6. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula 5000 in Europe - Race by Race, 2004, Table of Contents
  7. ^ a b c d e Rothmans European F5000 Championship, Motor Racing Year, 1973 Edition, page 122
  8. ^ a b F5000 championship races in Europe, jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr Retrieved on 23 December 2014