Round Four: TERETONGA 13th Teretonga International
Bell had a new DFW Cosworth V8 flown out from Britain and fitted into the Brabham while Norinder had a new Chev installed. A piston failed in Faloon's Rorstan, so yet another FPF was patched together for this race. Simpson had his Chev rebuilt but Campbell had to scratch after he cracked the block in the Ford V8. George Begg had extensively modified the rear end of his cars to get better handling. Hughes now proudly owned the BRP-Ford but it suffered from ignition problems and brake failure and could not make the grid for the main race.Practice began with a Thursday afternoon sorting session as a prelude to Friday morning time trials to determine preliminary heat grid placings. Wheatcroft Racing was on the scene early and accompanied by Chris Amon who had flown down from the family home at Bulls to try and help Bell rectify the Brabham's handling problems. A brand new engine had been fitted since Wigram. Bell did a few laps before Amon took over. In all the car covered 13 laps of the 1.6-mile circuit before the engine blew disastrously. A connecting rod punched a hole through the block. With the engine damaged at Wigram on its way back to Britain Tom Wheatcroft had no option but to scratch from the race and after further consideration it was decided to abandon the Tasman series altogether. The rest of the session was a desultory affair, Lawrence being the most energetic and also the quickest, although his best time of 59.8 sec did not approach the 57.9 sec outright record Jochen Rindt had set the previous year.
Derek Williams (Lola T142) finished sixth.
Friday morning's timed trials also failed to produce 1969 par figures. McRae, under-geared for the main straight, made 58.1 sec (99.2 mph) and this was subsequently equaled by Goth. Lawrence returned 58.4 sec and Bartlett and Norinder shared 59.0 sec. Frank Radisich and Stewart were given 59.6 sec each, the Radisich effort being queried by some. Grable worked down to 60.3 sec before oil pressure fluctuation set in and sent him off to investigate. Pierre Phillips managed 60.7 sec before a head gasket blew and Bill Simpson did likewise. Derrick Williams began to display form to be next with 61.9 sec. The session ended with lap times well down on those of the final 1969 session when Piers Courage (2.5 Brabham BT24 Cosworth V8) did 57.2 sec and the Gold Leaf Team Lotus men Rindt and Graham Hill were only 0.1 sec slower.
Two six-lap preliminaries were used to determine main race grid positions, which were allotted on the basis of individual lap times and were won by Norinder and McRae, the latter equaling the lap record of 57.9 sec in the process. In the first, Norinder and Stewart shared the front row and Michael Campbell scratched because of a cracked engine block. Grable snatched the lead from the start but the greater speed of the Norinder Lola T190 told on the main straight in the second lap, although the American momentarily headed it again in lap 3. Missed gear changes had dropped Grable to third behind Stewart at the finish. Begg cars, the FM2s of Pierre Phillips and Geoff Mardon, and 1600cc twin-cam of Russell Thomson filled the next three places.McRae won the second heat convincingly after he had taken Goth in lap 2, the latter finishing second, 6.6 sec in arrears. Third was Lawrence, a second ahead of Bartlett; then came Radisich and Simpson. As McRae's morning effort gained him pole position and as no one else had improved on Goth's practice time he was outside him for the main race rolling start in which the pace car was driven by Bell.
Stewart and Bartlett in the Mildren-Waggotts.
The final grid positions for the main race were as follows:- McRae and Goth, Lawrence and Bartlett, Norinder and Radisich, Stewart and Grable, Phillips ands Simpson, Williams and Marwood, Faloon and Mardon, Taylor and Thomson, Smith and Baker, Murdoch and Watson.
The race got underway with Goth out-dragging the rest but was closely followed by Bartlett who hit the front briefly on the twisty back section of the course, only to drop back again as the power of the F5000 cars began to tell. At the end of the first lap it was Goth from McRae and Norinder, Bartlett, Grable, Simpson, Lawrence, Stewart, Phillips and Radisich. Marwood was out already on lap 1 with a broken clutch. Two laps later McRae was challenging Goth, Norinder was next and then came Grable, Bartlett, Lawrence and Stewart. Next time round McRae was in the lead and he began to go away at the rate of nearly a second a lap. On lap 7 Grable took Norinder as Bryan Faloon pitted with an oil leak. Mardon retired with a broken gear linkage.
With eight laps gone, the leaders were doubling the tail-enders, McRae comfortably leading Goth who was followed by Grable, Norinder, Lawrence, Bartlett and Stewart, nose to tail, Phillips, Radisich, Williams, Graham Baker and Ken Smith. Eight laps later Grable took Goth, who had damaged a front spoiler in a minor brush with a tail-ender and Stewart crashed off the track through a wire-stranded fence, fortunately suffering only minor injuries, but ending up with a very sorry looking Mildren. Simpson also retired on lap 18 with low oil pressure.
By the time McRae had completed 20 laps he was 14.5 sec clear of Grable, who had 3.5 sec on Goth. Then there was 5 sec to Norinder and Lawrence, running wheel-to-wheel. Next was Bartlett on his own, and he was followed a long way back by Phillips, Radisich and Williams. Major interest was the in-fighting of Norinder and Lawrence. The bout abruptly ended at the half-way mark when the burly Swede pitted in a state of collapse from heat exhaustion. Lawrence automatically took fourth place and for the remainder of the race moved in on Goth. Phillips spun the Begg on lap 30 while seventh and retired with a bent radius arm.
McRae eased his pace a little and Grable came up to be less than 7 sec behind after 45 laps. At 50 the gap was 5 sec and McRae was in trouble with a sticking throttle and gear-changing difficulties. But a lap later he had extended his lead to 12 sec as Grable slowed with a deflating tyre. In the concluding laps Lawrence moved in on Goth, but was unable to take the American. Bartlett finished fifth, a lap down, while Williams was next two laps farther back.
Ron Grable (McLaren M10A) had two seconds in a row.
13th Teretonga International
24th January 1970
Venue: Teretonga Park
62 laps of 2.575kms (159.65kms)
|1||Graham McRae||NZ||McLaren M10A / Chevrolet 4948cc V8||62||63m 03.6s|
|2||Ron Grable||USA||McLaren M10A / Chevrolet 4995cc V8||62||63m 16.1s|
|3||Mike Goth||USA||Surtees TS5 / Chevrolet 4995cc V8||62||63m 55.0s|
|4||Graeme Lawrence||NZ||Ferrari 246T / Ferrari 2417cc V6||62||63m 56.4s|
|5||Kevin Bartlett||Aust||Mildren / Waggott 1992cc 4cyl||61|
|6||Derrick Williams||UK||Lola T142 / Chevrolet 4995cc V8||59|
|7||Frank Radisich||NZ||McLaren M4A / Cosworth 1598cc 4cyl||58|
|8||Ken Smith||NZ||Lotus 41B / Ford 1598cc 4cyl||55|
|9||Wayne Murdoch||NZ||Brabham BT18 / Ford 1598cc 4cyl||53|
|10||Bryan Faloon||NZ||Rorstan 1 / Climax 2495cc 4cyl||47|
|Russell Thomson||NZ||Begg FM1 / Ford 1598cc 4cyl|
|Cary Taylor||NZ||Brabham BT21 / Ford 1598cc 4cyl|
|Graham Baker||NZ||Brabham BT21 / Ford 1598cc 4cyl|
|Graham Watson||NZ||Brabham BT18 / Ford 1598cc 4cyl|
|Ret||Ulf Norinder||Swed||Lola T190 / Chevrolet 4991cc V8||32||Exhaustion|
|Ret||Pierre Phillips||USA||Begg FM2 / Chevrolet 4948cc V8||30||Radius Arm|
|Ret||Bill Simpson||USA||Eagle 51 / Chevrolet 4995cc V8||18||Oil Pressure|
|Ret||Max Stewart||Aust||Mildren / Waggott 1860cc 4cyl||17||Accident|
|Ret||Geoff Mardon||NZ||Begg FM2 / Chevrolet 4948cc V8||9||Gear Linkage|
|Ret||Dennis Marwood||NZ||Eisert JE67 / Chevrolet 4948cc V8||1||Clutch|
|DNS||Derek Bell||UK||Brabham BT26 / Cosworth 2495cc 4cyl||Engine|
|DNS||Mike Campbell||USA||Forsgrini 14 / Ford 4998cc V8||Engine|
|DNS||Peter Hughes||NZ||BRP 64 / Ford 4948cc V8||Engine|
|DNA||Frank Matich||Aust||McLaren M10A / Chevrolet 4995cc V8|
|DNA||Niel Allen||Aust||McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 4995cc V8|
Fastest lap: G. McRae, 58.7 sec
G. McRae, 57.9 sec in preliminary heat * *equaled record
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