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The 7th Kanonloppet was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 20 August 1961 at the Karlskoga Circuit, Sweden. The race was run over 30 laps of the little circuit, and was won by British driver Stirling Moss in a Lotus 18/21, run by the UDT Laystall Racing Team.

1961 Kanonloppet
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Race details
Date 20 August 1961
Official name VII Kanonloppet
Location Karlskoga Circuit, Karlskoga
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.998 km (1.863 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 89.95 km (55.89 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1.30.1
Fastest lap
Drivers United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Fastest lap United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax
Time 1:30.4
First Lotus-Climax
Second Porsche
Third Cooper-Climax

This race featured some local drivers who did not compete regularly in Formula One, and also the multiple world motorcycle champion Geoff Duke.

Stirling Moss arrived late at the circuit and missed the practice and qualifying sessions, but was allowed to start from the back of the grid.[1]



  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.

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