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The 1961 South African Grand Prix, formally titled the 8th International RAC South African Grand Prix,[1] was a non-championship Formula One motor race held at Prince George Circuit, East London, South Africa on 26 December 1961. The race, run over 80 laps of the circuit, was won from pole position by Scotland's Jim Clark, driving a works Lotus-Climax. Englishman Stirling Moss finished second in a private Lotus-Climax, while Swede Jo Bonnier was third in a Porsche.

1961 South African Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Race details
Date 26 December 1961
Official name 8th International RAC South African Grand Prix
Location Prince George Circuit, East London, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.92 km (2.436 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 313.6 km (194.88 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:33.9
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:33.1
Podium
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Porsche

ResultsEdit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 80 2.06:49.2 1
2   Stirling Moss UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 80 + 15.7 2
3   Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 79 + 1 Lap 4
4   Tony Maggs Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 79 + 1 Lap 6
5   Edgar Barth Porsche System Engineering Porsche 78 + 2 Laps 7
6   Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 77 + 3 Laps 8
7   Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati 77 + 3 Laps 12
8   Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 76 + 4 Laps 15
9   Bob van Niekerk Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 76 + 4 Laps 16
10   Helmut Menzler Ecurie Wolman Lotus-Borgward 75 + 5 Laps 14
11   Adrian Pheiffer Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo 75 + 5 Laps 10
12   Bill Jennings Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche 71 + 9 Laps 17
13   John Guthrie Ecurie Rhodes Cooper-Alfa Romeo 71 + 9 Laps 19
14   Don Philp Don Philp Quodra-Climax 70 + 10 Laps 11
15   Dave Wright Dave Wright Cooper-Climax 65 + 15 Laps 21
Ret   Fanie Viljoen G. E. Mennie LDS-Climax 59 Engine 13
Ret   Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo 31 Engine 23
Ret   Gene Bosman Scuderia Alfa Lotus-Alfa Romeo 31 Accident 20
Ret   Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax 27 Ignition 22
Ret   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 16 Radiator 3
Ret   Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 9 Brake Pipe 5
Ret   Ernie Pieterse Scuderia Alfa Heron-Alfa Romeo 7 Gearbox 9
Ret   Bernard Podmore Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford 5 Con-rod 18
DNS   Bruce Johnstone Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Practice Accident
WD   John Love A. H. Pillman LDS-Porsche Car Damaged

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1961". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 10 July 2017.


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