1961 Rand Grand Prix

The 4th Rand Grand Prix was a motor race, run to South African Formula One-style rules, held on 9 December 1961 at Kyalami, South Africa. The race was run over 75 laps of the circuit, and was won by British driver Jim Clark, who led from start to finish in his Lotus 21.

1961 Rand Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 9 December 1961
Official name IV Rand Grand Prix
Location Kyalami, Johannesburg
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.096 km (2.545 miles)
Distance 75 laps, 307.184 km (190.875 miles)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:38.5
Fastest lap
Driver Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche
Time 1:39.1
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Porsche

There were no great differences between the local rules to which this race was run and the international Formula One rules, but for example sports car bodies were permitted, such as those driven by Jennings and Bosman.


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 2.06:26.3 1
2   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax + 0.1 s 2
3   Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche + 22.0 s 4
4   Edgar Barth Porsche System Engineering Porsche 74 laps 9
5   Bruce Johnstone Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 73 laps 8
6   Ernie Pieterse Scuderia Alfa Heron-Alfa Romeo 72 laps 7
7   Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 72 laps 6
8   Fanie Viljoen G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax 70 laps 16
9   Bob van Niekerk Equipe Judette Lotus-Ford 70 laps 13
10   Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati 69 laps 15
11   Bruce Jennings Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche 67 laps 19
Ret   Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax Overheating 3
Ret   Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo Gearbox 14
Ret   Bernard Podmore Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford Accident 21
Ret   Helmut Menzler Ecurie Wolman Lotus-Borgward Overheating 10
Ret   John Guthrie Ecurie Rhodes Cooper-Alfa Romeo Water pipe 17
Ret   Tony Maggs Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Overheating 5
Ret   Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo Engine 23
Ret   Don Philp Don Philp Quodra-Climax Overheating 11
Ret   Rauten Hartmann Rauten Hartmann Netuar-Peugeot Engine 24
Ret   Gene Bosman Scuderia Alfa Lotus-Alfa Romeo Engine 20
Ret   Jack Holme Jack Holme Lotus-Climax Accident 22
Ret   Trevor Blokdyk Trevor Blokdyk Cooper-Ford Accident 18
Ret   Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax Puncture 25
DNS   Adrian Pheiffer Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo Engine in practice (12)
WD   Neville Lederle Neville Lederle Lotus-Ford Car not ready -
WD   John Love A.H. Pillman LDS-Porsche Car not ready -
WD   Dawie Gous Dawie Gous Porsche RSK Car not ready -
  • Bonnier was still on his warm-up lap when the race started, thus he was half a lap down at the start.


  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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