Focus on 1972 F2 European Championship
Three images from the 1972 Formula 2 European Trophy meeting at Mallory Park have just been added to the Mike Hayward Collection.
This was the opening round of the season and the first year of cars with 2 litre production based engines, after seven successful seasons with 1600cc units.
The race provided a surprise winner in Dave Morgan driving a spaceframe 1971 Formula Atlantic Brabham BT35.
Niki Lauda was a close second in an STP March 722, followed by Carlos Reutemann's Rondel Brabham.
Mallory provided brilliant photographic vantage points with a 200mm lens proving plenty long enough to fill the frame at the hairpin and Devil's Elbow.
The cameras I used in those days would have been a Pentax Spotmatic and perhaps a Ricoh Singlex using Kodak Tri-X film.
Niki Lauda ended the season as champion, with March team mate Ronnie Peterson in second place.
The new images can be seen below. They are, from left: Jody Scheckter, McLaren M21; Niki Lauda, STP March 722; and Peter Gethin, Chevron B20.
Gethin was disqualified in the second heat because his wing was too high.
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