Jim Clark, 30-year-old Scottish driver, stormed to a tremendous victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northamptonshire today (Friday).
Jim Clark, 30-year-old Scottish driver, stormed to a tremendous victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northamptonshire today (Friday). Twice winner of the world drivers' championship, Clark again put himself in the reckoning for the title with today's victory which moved him up to joint second place in the table -- nine points behind the leader, Denny Hulme of Australia.
Clark, driving a Lotus Ford, took the lead from the start, but lost it in the 26th lap to team-mate Graham Hill, who yesterday escaped injury when his car lost a wheel at 70mph (112.65 kph). Hill held the lead until the 54th lap before being forced into the pits with rear suspension trouble. He got going again, but was two laps behind Clark and a few laps later was forced to abandon the race with engine trouble.
With Clark unchallenged in the lead, and Denny Hulme, in a Brabham Repco, lying second, the final laps of the 80-lap race developed into a great battle between Jack Brabham and Chris Amon for third place. Amon overtook the current world champion just two laps before the end.
Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico in a Cooper-Maserati finished 5th and John Surtees in a Japanese Honda came sixth.
Dan Gurney, the only American in the field of 21 starters, driving his own Eagle Weslake, was forced out in the 33rd lap with fuel trouble when he was in sixth place.
A record crowd of over 120,000 saw the race.