Just a week after Stirling Moss's great victory in the Pescara Grand Prix, in Italy, comes another all-British meter racing victory; this time in the Belgian B.
L.V.PAN DRIVERS PREPARING CARS.
S.V. CAR No 6. BACKING IN.
G.V. IN FOREGROUND CAR NO. 43 JAG BEING PUSHED OUT TO STARTING POINT.
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G.V. START OF RACE CARS TOWARDS PASS CAMERA TO B.V.
GROUND SHOT TOWARDS. CAR No 2. JAGUAR DRIVEN BY SEIDEL, THEN CAR No 35 FERRARI DRIVEN BY RINGOIR (BELGIUM), THEN CAR No 7. JAG DRIVEN BY BIANCHI, CAR No 10 FERRARI BY MAIRESSE (BELGIUM) PASS CAMERA TO BACK VIEW
G.V. CARS TOWARDS CAMERA UPHILL No 12 LEADING (T BROOKS A. MARTIN FOLLOWED BY No 9. GREGORY IN FERRARI THEN No 3 GENDEBIEN FERRARI PAN TO B.V.
L.V.TOWARDS. No 12 T BROOKS PASSES CAMERA ROUND BEND TO B.V.
G.V. T. BROOKS UP SLOPE PASS CAMERA TO B.V.
L.V. TOWARDS. CAR No 3 (GENDEBIEN, FERRARI), THEN CAR No 9 GREGORY. ROUND BEND PASS CAMERA TO B.V.
L.V. TOWARDS. CAR No 3. DOWN TO STADIUM PASSES CAMERA TO B.V.
L.V.PAN. T. BROOKS IN LEAD PASS CAMERA TO B.V.
G.TOP.V. T.BROOKS AROUND BEND & UPHILL TO B.V.
L.V.PAN. T.BROOKS ROUND BEND PAN TO B.V. DOWN TO FINISHING POINT.
L.V. T.BROOKS PASSES WINNING POST.
S.C.U. BROOKS DRINKING.
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Just a week after Stirling Moss's great victory in the Pescara Grand Prix, in Italy, comes another all-British meter racing victory; this time in the Belgian B.A.C. Grand Prix, at Francorchamps.
The victor here was Tony Brooks, and the car an Aston Martin. The 25 year old qualified dental mechanic averaged 118.56 mph for the three hours race for La Mans type sports cars.
Brooks' car led the race from start to finish (Car No 12). He opened with a standing start lap of 106.25 mph and gradually get faster and faster until he wound the race average up to close on 120mph.
The American driver, Mosten Gregory, driving a works Ferrari was never far from his tail (Car No 9), but from a lead of only point two seconds in the first lap he gradually widened the gap to finish nearly a minute and a half in the lead.
Iver Eueb of Cheltenhem held third place in the early stages in a Jaguar with his team mate Jack Fairman fourth. But Fairman fell away and Belgium, Olivier Gendebien, driving a Ferrari (No 3), overtook Eueb.
Gendebien, in fact, broke the absolute course record with a 4 min 9.4 sec lap--five seconds faster than the previous record, held by Stirling Moss in a Formula 1 Maserati.
The race continued in that order: 1. Brooks, 2. Gregory, and 3. Gendebien. Brooks' Aston Martin averaged around 125mph --and that was just a little too fast for the Ferraris, Maseratis and Jaguars.
Another Briton, Roy Salvadori was fourth in an Aston Martin.