With only four rounds remaining in the Shell Super Oil F3 series for the Motor Sport Trophy, Gold Leaf Team-Lotus driver Dave Walker has all but clinched the championship. At the most recent round at Oulton Park on August 21st he was, for the first time this season, beaten fairly and squarely. The man who did it was the former Anglia driver Roger Williamson in the Wheatcroft March 713M and he now lies a strong third in the points table.
Still in second position in the Championship, but having a most unhappy second half to the season, is the very experienced Hampshire driver Bev Bond. He crashed the works Ensign in practice for the Championship qualifying race at the British Grand Prix and subsequently left the team. He then acquired a brand-new March 713M for the Oulton Park Gold Cup race only to crash that heavily and now looks unlikely to catch Walker. The leading positions before the next round at Mallory Park on September 26th are as follows:
1st, Dave Walker (Lotus 69) 68 pts.; 2nd, Bev Bond (Ensign LNP) 47 pts.; 3rd, Roger Williamson (March 713M) 35 pts.; 4th, Colin Vandervell (Brabham BT35) 20 pts.; 5th, Patrick Depailler (Alpine) 15 pts.; 6th, James Hunt (March 713 S & M) 13 pts.
—A. R. M.