• Short Summary

    THE FORMER WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION, JIM CLARK, BEGAN 1965 IN FINE STYLE BY WINNING THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX AT EAST LONDON ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

  • Description

    THE FORMER WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION, JIM CLARK, BEGAN 1965 IN FINE STYLE BY WINNING THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX AT EAST LONDON ON NEW YEAR'S DAY. HE COVERED THE 85 LAPS OF THE 210 MILES (327 KMS) COURSE IN TWO HOURS SIX MINUTES AND 46 SECONDS.

    CLARK, WHO HELD THE POLE POSITION ON THE GRID, WENT INTO THE LEAD FROM THE START AND WAS NEVER REALLY CHALLENGED. FOR MOST OF THE RACE, CLARK AND HIS LOTUS TEAM-MATE, MIKE SPENSE, MADE IT A FRIENDLY DUEL, BUT A SPIN NEAR THE FINISH OF THE RACE COST SPENSE ABOUT 15 SECONDS AND HE FELL BACK TO FOURTH PLACE.

    THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACES WERE FILLED BY THE DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPION, JOHN SURTEES, DRIVING A FERRARI, AND GRAHAM HILL IN A BRM. TWO SECONDS SEPARATED SURTEES AND HILL, BUT BOTH WERE ABOUT HALF-A-MINUTE BEHIND CLARK.

    THERE WERE NO ACCIDENTS, BUT FOUR OF THE TWENTY STARTERS WERE FORCED TO WITHDRAW DURING THE RACE BECAUSE OF MECHANICAL TROUBLE.

    A HIGHLIGHT OF CLARK'S PERFORMANCE WAS HIS SETTING OF A NEW RECORD OF 100 POINT 1 MILES-AN-HOUR ABOUT HALF-WAY THROUGH THE RACE. HIS AVERAGE SPEED FOR THE RACE WAS 97 POINT 97 MILES AN HOUR, ABOUT TWO MILES AN HOUR FASTER THAN HIS WINNING AVERAGE SPEED LAST YEAR. CLARK'S OTHER PREVIOUS WIN IN THE GRAND PRIX WAS IN 1961.

    A MISTAKE BY THE JUDGES COULD HAVE COST CLARK THE RACE. AT THE END OF THE 84TH LAP HE WAS GIVEN THE CHEQUERED FLAG, BUT HAVING BEEN WARNED BY HIS PIT CREW OF ONE LAP TO GO WENT ON TO COMPLETE ANOTHER CIRCUIT. AND IT EARNED A VALUABLE NINE POINTS TOWARDS REGAINING HIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

    (THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX IS THE FIRST EVENT OF 1965 WHICH COUNTS TOWARDS THIS YEAR'S WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA648CAYELWF0DZDBUC5L3GNMXG
    Media URN:
    VLVA648CAYELWF0DZDBUC5L3GNMXG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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