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1970 Montjuich Park F2

Gran Premio de Barcelona

Sunday, April 26, 1970
Fastest Lap:
Bell, 1m29.5
1970 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

WITH race Meetings scheduled in three different countries on the same weekend, Barcelona's Formula Two event around the scenic Montjuich circuit in the city's park might well have suffered badly. This however, was very far from the case and in spite of a few nonstarters there were 31 cars in the paddock vying for the 22 available places on the grid and points in the European Trophy. Missing were Rindt and Stewart (in Formula One cars at Silverstone), while Sports-car men Beltoise, Pescarolo and Stommelen were all racing at Monza in the 1,000 km. on the previous day. The three Monza men were all flown to Spain especially for the Barcelona race and had to qualify for grid positions on the morning of the race. They all fared differently and it was Pescarolo (the only nongraded name among them!) who came off best, for he climbed straight into Bob Gerard's Brabham BT30 with a determined set to his jaw and dis-placed Derek Bell's Brabham from pole position, earned in three hard days of practice. Bell replied with another fast lap, trying the car's handling with lull tanks, for second best time. The front row was completed by John Watson, a 23-year-old from Belfast, who was having only his third ever Formula Two race!