1962 Natal Grand Prix

The 2nd Natal Grand Prix was a motor race, run to South African Formula One-style rules, held on 22 December 1962 at Westmead Circuit, South Africa. The field was split into two heats, with a subsequent final. The heats consisted of 22 laps, and the final was run over 33 laps, and was won by British driver Trevor Taylor in his Lotus 25.

1962 Natal Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1962 Formula One season
Race details
Date 22 December 1962
Official name II Natal Grand Prix
Location Westmead Circuit, Durban
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:22.11
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax
Time 1:24.2
Podium
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third BRM

The event was marred by the death of Rhodesian driver Gary Hocking, who was killed in practice driving the Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus 24.

Jim Clark posted the fastest time in practice, and was on pole position for the first heat. However, after exchanging the lead several times with Richie Ginther, he experienced problems during the heat and was classified 12th. Ginther won the heat with local driver Bruce Johnstone finishing second. Graham Hill was on pole for the second heat, which was won by Taylor with Hill second, after a battle throughout the race.

Clark started at the back of the grid for the final, with Ginther, Taylor and Hill forming the front row. Hill's car suffered ignition failure, but Clark raced through the field to beat Ginther and take second behind Taylor, who led throughout.[1]

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 1:22.11 -
2 3   Graham Hill BRM 1:22.67 + 0.56
3 2   Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 1:22.79 + 0.68
4 4   Richie Ginther BRM 1:24.06 + 1.95
5 6   Gary Hocking Lotus-Climax 1:25.10 + 2.99
6 26   Bruce Johnstone BRM 1:25.95 + 3.84
7 9   Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax 1:26.20 + 4.09
8 14   Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Climax 1:26.62 + 4.51
9 15   John Love Cooper-Climax 1:27.35 + 5.24
10 12   Peter de Klerk Alfa Romeo Special 1:27.92 + 5.81
11 7   Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax 1:27.96 + 5.85
12 11   Doug Serrurier LDS-Alfa Romeo 1:28.89 + 6.78
13 17   Bernard Podmore Lotus-Climax 1:29.27 + 7.16
14 10   Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 1:30.17 + 8.06
15 18   Fanie Viljoen LDS-Climax 1:30.22 + 8.11
16 21   Bob van Niekerk Lotus-Climax 1:30.35 + 8.24
17 16   Mike Harris Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:31.38 + 9.27
18 25   Gene Bosman LDS-Alfa Romeo 1:31.43 + 9.32
19 31   Peter van Niekerk Lotus-Ford 1:32.59 + 10.48
20 35   Clive Trundell Cooper-Maserati 1:33.54 + 11.43
21 32   Brausch Niemann Lotus-Ford 1:33.65 + 11.54
22 19   Trevor Blokdyk Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:33.80 + 11.69
23 29   Gordon Henderson Scorpion-Alfa Romeo 1:34.28 + 12.17
24 37   Dave Riley Cooper-BMC 1:34.97 + 12.86
25 30   Vern McWilliams Lotus-Borgward 1:36.44 + 14.33
26 39   Jack Holme Lotus-Climax 1:36.46 + 14.35
27 33   Errol Hammon LDS-Ford 1:36.61 + 14.50
28 36   Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 1:36.83 + 14.72
29 27   Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:37.13 + 15.02
30 5   Bill Scheepers Lotus-Alfa Romeo 1:37.23 + 15.12
31 20   Ray Cresp Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:37.94 + 15.83
32 38   Eric Glasby Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:40.30 + 18.19
33 24   Tony Neave Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:45.82 + 23.71

Non-startersEdit

Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor
DNS 6   Gary Hocking Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax
WD 8   John Guthrie John Guthrie Cooper-Alfa Romeo
WD 22   Neville Austin Neville Austin Cooper-Climax
WD 23   Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati
WD 28   Tony Kotze Bond Cars Assegai-Alfa Romeo
WD 34   Lionel Wilmot Lionel Wilmot Lotus-Ford
WD 40   Peter Bosch Windhoek Motor Club Heron-Alfa Romeo
WD 41   Peter Bosch Windhoek Motor Club Cooper-Climax
  • Car #23 was withdrawn by Serrurier, who drove #11 in the race. The withdrawn car was ultimately driven by Trundell and wore #35.

ResultsEdit

Heat oneEdit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   Richie Ginther Owen Racing Organisation BRM 31:56.8 2
2   Bruce Johnstone Bruce Johnstone BRM + 53.5 s 3
3   Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Climax + 1:00.9 4
4   Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 8
5   Fanie Viljoen G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax 9
6   Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Maserati 10
7   John Love John Love Cooper-Climax 5
8   Jack Holme Jack Holme Lotus-Climax 14
9   Peter van Niekerk Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 11
10   Doug Serrurier Otelle Nucci LDS-Alfa Romeo 6
11   Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo 15
12   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 1
13   Bernard Podmore Grosvenor Motors Lotus-Climax 7
14   Vern McWilliams Vern McWilliams Lotus-Borgward 13
Ret   Brausch Niemann Brausch Niemann Lotus-Ford 12
Ret   Eric Glasby Eric Glasby Cooper-Alfa Romeo 16

Heat twoEdit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 32:19.6 2
2   Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM + 2.2 s 1
3   Neville Lederle Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax + 51.0 s 3
4   Peter de Klerk Otelle Nucci Alfa Romeo Special + 1:15.6 4
5   Ernie Pieterse Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax + 1:22.2 5
6   Bob van Niekerk Equipe Judette Lotus-Climax 6
7   Gene Bosman Gene Bosman LDS-Alfa Romeo 8
8   Ray Cresp Hoffman Racing Team Cooper-Alfa Romeo 15
9   Dave Riley Dave Riley Cooper-BMC 11
10   Trevor Blokdyk Hoffman Racing Team Cooper-Alfa Romeo 9
11   Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Scorpion-Alfa Romeo 10
Ret   Mike Harris Mike Harris Cooper-Alfa Romeo 7
Ret   Errol Hammon Errol Hammon LDS-Ford 12
Ret   Dave Charlton Ecurie Tomahawk Lotus-Ford 13
Ret   Bill Scheepers H. Muller Lotus-Alfa Romeo 14
Ret   Tony Neave A & G Conversions Cooper-Alfa Romeo 16

FinalEdit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 48:08.7 2
2   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax + 6.1 s 22
3   Richie Ginther Owen Racing Organisation BRM + 22.1 s 1
4   Neville Lederle Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax 32 laps 6
5   Ernie Pieterse Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax 32 laps 8
6   John Love John Love Cooper-Climax 32 laps 13
7   Peter de Klerk Otelle Nucci Alfa Romeo Special 32 laps 7
8   Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 31 laps 9
9   Gene Bosman Gene Bosman LDS-Alfa Romeo 14
10   Doug Serrurier Otelle Nucci LDS-Alfa Romeo 18
11   Bob van Niekerk Equipe Judette Lotus-Climax 12
12   Fanie Viljoen G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax 10
13   Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Maserati 11
14   Jack Holme Jack Holme Lotus-Climax 16
15   Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM 3
16   Ray Cresp Hoffman Racing Team Cooper-Alfa Romeo 15
Ret   Dave Riley Dave Riley Cooper-BMC 19
Ret   Peter van Niekerk Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 17
Ret   Trevor Blokdyk Hoffman Racing Team Cooper-Alfa Romeo 20
Ret   Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo 21
Ret   Bruce Johnstone Bruce Johnstone BRM Oil leak 4
Ret   Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Climax Accident 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp.64-65
  • "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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