Stirling Moss (UK), in his first race since sustaining injuries practising for the BELGIAN Grand Prix in June, won the international sports car event at Karlskoga, Sweden, Aug 7, driving a Lotus.
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SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Stirling Moss (UK), in his first race since sustaining injuries practising for the BELGIAN Grand Prix in June, won the international sports car event at Karlskoga, Sweden, Aug 7, driving a Lotus.
The race started Le Mans style - drivers running to cars and jumping in. Moss sprinted to his car - despite ribs, nose and legs broken - made a flying start, and soon found himself involved in a duel with Maserati-driver Bonnier (Sweden). Twice passed, he finally took the lead, and won with six seconds to spare at an average speed of 67.9 m.p.h., breaking a lap record at 69.4 m.p.h. Bonnier was second and Piper (UK) in a Lotus, third.
Standing to receive cheers of 40,000 spectators, Moss said he was happy and satisfied. The Le Mans start had worried him, but he had managed, and felt no ill-effects from his injuries. A group of wellwishers mobbed him as he got out of his car.
The sports car race did not count for the world championship. Moss will race in the championship-class Portuguese Grand Prix at Oporto. Aug 14. He lies third in the championship table with 11 points to leader Jack Brabham's 32.