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The Rothmans 50,000 was a non-championship race, held at Brands Hatch on August 28, a holiday Monday. It was run as a Formula Libre, and the organizers hoped to attract up to 100 of the fastest cars from different racing classes. The "50,000" came from the amount of the prize fund, in pounds.

The race was run over 500km, the longest race for F1 cars in a number of years. It was dominated by Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus 72D, ahead of Brian Redman in a McLaren M19C and Henri Pescarolo in a March 721.

BackgroundEdit


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1972 Rothmans 50,000 is outlined below:

No. Driver Entreat Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom Yardley Team McLaren McLaren M19A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
3 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
4 New Zealand Howden Ganley United Kingdom Marlboro BRM BRM P160C BRM P142 3.0 V12 F
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom World Wide Racing Lotus 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
6 France Henri Pescarolo United Kingdom Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
7 France François Migault United Kingdom Connew Racing Team Connew PC1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
8 France Herve Bayard France Privateer Surtees TS8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
9 United Kingdom Robert Lamplough United Kingdom Fiddlers Three Racing Team BRM P133 BRM P142 3.0 V12
10 Netherlands Gijs van Lennep United Kingdom Speed International Surtees TS11 Chevrolet 5.0 V8
11 United Kingdom Ray Allen United Kingdom Speed International McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 F
12 United Kingdom Tony Lanfranchi United Kingdom Speed International McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 F
14 United Kingdom Steve Thompson United Kingdom Servis Appliances Racing Team Surtees TS8 Chevrolet 5.0 V8
15 United Kingdom Alan Rollinson United Kingdom McKechnie Racing Organisation Lola T300 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 G
16 United Kingdom Clive Santo United Kingdom Privateer McLaren M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8
17 United Kingdom David Prophet United Kingdom Privateer McLaren M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8
18 West Germany Pierre Soukry West Germany Privateer McLaren M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8
19 United Kingdom Keith Holland United Kingdom Chris Featherstone Lola T190 Chevrolet 5.0 V8
20 United Kingdom Clive Baker United Kingdom Privateer McLaren M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8
21 United Kingdom Jock Russell United Kingdom Privateer McRae GM1 Chevrolet 5.0 V8
22 Canada John Cannon United Kingdom Sid Taylor March 725 Oldsmobile 5.0 V8
23 United Kingdom Dave Berry United Kingdom Privateer Brabham BT16/21B Rover 5.0 V8
24 United Kingdom Ian Ashley United Kingdom WMG Marketing Lola T190 Chevrolet 5.0 V8
25 United Kingdom Gordon Spice United Kingdom Tony Kitchiner Race Developments Kitchmac M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8
26 New Zealand Graham McRae United Kingdom Crown Lynn Potteries McRae GM1 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 G
30 South Africa Jody Scheckter United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M21 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4
31 Australia Tim Schenken United Kingdom Rondel Racing Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4 G
32 Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Rondel Racing Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4 G
33 Denmark Tom Belsø United Kingdom Team Viking Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4
34 United Kingdom Dave Morgan United Kingdom Edward Reeves Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4 F
35 United Kingdom Richard Scott United Kingdom Uniacke Chemicals Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4
36 United Kingdom Peter Westbury United Kingdom Felday Engineering Ltd Brabham BT38 Ford Cosworth BDA 1.9 L4

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time
1 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:22.5
2 1 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:23.4
3 3 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise BRM 1:24.5
4 4 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 1:24.5
5 6 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford Cosworth 1:25.2
6 40 United Kingdom Gerry Birrell March-Ford Cosworth 1:25.3
7 26 New Zealand Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet 1:25.9
8 48 United Kingdom John Watson Chevron-Ford Cosworth 1:26.0
9 36 United Kingdom Peter Westbury Brabham-Ford Cosworth 1:26.0
10 30 South Africa Jody Scheckter McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:26.0
11 44 United Kingdom James Hunt March-Ford Cosworth 1:26.1
12 22 Canada John Cannon March-Oldsmobile 1:26.4
13 41 United Kingdom David Purley March-Ford Cosworth 1:26.5
14 33 Denmark Tom Belsø Brabham-Ford Cosworth 1:26.6
15 14 United Kingdom Steve Thompson Surtees-Chevrolet 1:26.6

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Cosworth 118 2:50:49.1 1
2 United Kingdom Brian Redman McLaren-Ford Cosworth 118 + 47.6 2
3 France Henri Pescarolo March-Ford Cosworth 116 + 2 Laps 5
4 United Kingdom Gerry Birrell March-Cosworth 116 + 2 Laps 6
5 United Kingdom James Hunt March-Cosworth 115 + 3 Laps 11
6 United Kingdom John Watson Chevron-Cosworth 115 + 3 Laps 11
7 United Kingdom Allan Rollinson Lola-Chevrolet 112 + 6 Laps 17
8 Denmark Tom Belsø Brabham-Cosworth 110 + 8 Laps 14
9 United Kingdom David Prophet McLaren-Chevrolet 109 + 9 Laps 23
10 Belgium Claude Bourgoignie GRD-Cosworth 108 + 10 Laps 26

NotesEdit

V T E 1972 Formula One Season
Constructors Brabham • BRM • Connew • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Politoys • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Tecno
Drivers de Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Brack • Cevert • Charlton • Depailler • Ferguson • E. Fittipaldi • W. Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hulme • Ickx • Lauda • Love • Marko • Merzario • Migault • Oliver • Pace • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Redman • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Revson • J. Scheckter • Schenken • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • Brabham BT37 • BRM P153 • BRM P153B • BRM P160B • BRM P160C • BRM P180 • Connew PC1 • Ferrari 312B2 • Lotus 72D • March 711 • March 721 • March 721G • March 721X • Matra MS120C • Matra MS120D • McLaren M19A • McLaren M19C • Politoys FX3 • Surtees TS9B • Surtees TS14 • Tecno PA123/3 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003 • Tyrrell 004 • Tyrrell 005 • Tyrrell 006
Tyres Firestone • Goodyear
Races Argentina • South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Belgium • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
Non-championship Races Race of Champions • Brazil • International Trophy • Gold Cup • Italian Republic • Rothmans 50,000 • World Championship
See also 1971 Formula One Season • 1973 Formula One Season • Category
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