1961 Danish Grand Prix

The II Grote Prijs van Danske (or 2nd Danish Grand Prix) was held on 26–27 August 1961, at the Roskilde Ring circuit, Roskilde, Denmark. The race was a non-Championship event run for cars complying with Formula One rules. The race was run over three heats, one of 20 laps and two of 30 laps, and was won overall by Stirling Moss, who won all three heats in his Lotus 18/21.

1961 Danish Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Race details
Date 27 August 1961
Official name II Grote Prijs van Danske
Location Roskilde Ring, Roskilde
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 1.19 km (0.74 miles)
Distance 1 x 20, 2 x 30 laps, 95.27 km (59.2 miles)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 0:42.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Time 0:47.0 / 0:42.8 / 0:43.1
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Cooper-Climax

This was the first Formula One event to be held at the Roskildering, which was eventually closed in 1969. The first heat was held on the 26 August, a Saturday, with the final two heats on the Sunday.[1]

Race summaryEdit

The first heat saw Moss win by two tenths of a second from Australian Jack Brabham, with Innes Ireland in third. Moss also took the second heat, with Ireland in second this time, and Roy Salvadori in third, with Brabham retiring with gearbox failure. Jim Clark retired from the second heat but returned for the third. The first three home in the second heat crossed the line in the same order in the third heat, with an easy overall win for Moss, who, having claimed pole at the beginning of the proceedings, also drove the fastest lap in all three heats.[2]

Overall resultsEdit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Qual
1   Stirling Moss UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 59:28.5 1
2   Innes Ireland Team Lotus Lotus-Climax + 1:14.0 s 5
3   Roy Salvadori Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax + 2:06.8 s 6
4   Henry Taylor UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax + 2:53.9 s 4
5   Tim Parnell Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax + 3:19.4 s 7
6   Keith Greene Gilby Engineering Gilby-Climax + 4:31.6 s 10
7   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 60 laps (Ret from Heat 2 - Steering) 11
Ret   John Surtees Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Cam follower (DNS Heat 3) 3
Ret   Jack Brabham Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Gearbox (Heat 2) 2
Ret   Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax Gearbox (Heat 2) 8
Ret   Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche Puncture (Heat 2) 9
WD   Lucien Bianchi Equipe Nationale Belge Lotus-Climax No car -


  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  2. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.

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