The first four places in the Pau Formula II Grand Prix were filled by British Cooper cars, May 18.
The first four places in the Pau Formula II Grand Prix were filled by British Cooper cars, May 18. French Maurice Trintignant, with a time of 2hr. 35 mins. 34.5 secs. and an average speed of 57.334mph over the 136.7 mile-long race, was the winner.
New Zealander Bruce McLaren was second, followed by Lucien Bianchi, Belgium, and Tony Marsh, Britain.
The race was very nearly washed out by a heavy rain-storm. Cars skidded frequently on the soaked track but there was only one crash - Norman Barclay of Britain crashed his Cooper into a sidewall. It overturned several times and he escaped with minor cuts on face and hands.
Jean Behra, France drove a Porsche he made himself and set the day's lap record. He went out of the race with a blown tyre on the second lap but started off again two laps behind the leaders. After some fine driving he finished fifth.
The prizes were 500,000 francs (GBP370) for first place, 300,000 for second 200,000 francs for third.
It was Cooper's day. Of the twelve cars that finished nine were Coopers.