1961 Pau Grand Prix

The 21st Pau Grand Prix was a non-Championship motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 3 April 1961 at Pau Circuit, the street circuit in Pau. The race was run over 100 laps of the circuit, and was won by Jim Clark in a Lotus 18. This was Clark's first Formula One victory.

1961 Pau Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 3 April 1961
Official name XXI Pau Grand Prix
Location Pau Circuit, Pau
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 2.758 km (1.714 miles)
Distance 100 laps, 275.842 km (171.4 miles)
Pole position
Driver Cooper-Climax
Time 1:32.7
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:34.1
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Cooper-Maserati

The cars entered by Scuderia Centro Sud were fitted with engines that were bigger than the 1.5 litres allowed by the regulations. Lorenzo Bandini had a 2.5-litre engine, and Mário Cabral a 2-litre.[1]


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 2.39:35.5 2
2   Jo Bonnier Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax + 1:30.8 s 10
3   Lorenzo Bandini Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati 98 laps 5
4   Mário Cabral Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati 97 laps 9
5   Jack Lewis H & L Motors Cooper-Climax 96 laps 4
6   Graham Eden Graham Eden Cooper-Climax 92 laps 12
7   Jo Schlesser Inter-Autocourse Cooper-Climax 77 laps - Misfire 11
Ret   Maurice Trintignant Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Climax Ignition 3
Ret   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Gearbox 6
Ret   Wolfgang Seidel Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax Gearbox 15
Ret   Olivier Gendebien Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati Accident 8
Ret   Lucien Bianchi Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati Accident 7
Ret   Ian Burgess Camoradi International Lotus-Climax Gearbox 16
Ret   Jack Brabham Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Fuel pump 1
Ret   André Wicky André Wicky Cooper-Climax Big-end bearings 14
Ret   Gino Munaron Gino Munaron Cooper-Alfa Romeo Con-rod 13
DNS   François Santé François Santé Cooper-Climax Engine in practice -
WD   Masten Gregory Camoradi International Cooper-Climax Car not ready -
WD   Wolfgang von Trips Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax Seidel drove car -
WD   Bernard Collomb Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax No car -


  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp. 15.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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