1966 BRDC International Trophy

The 18th BRDC International Trophy was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 14 May 1966 at the Silverstone Circuit, England. The race was run over 35 laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, and was won by Australian Jack Brabham in the Brabham-Repco BT19. With no Race of Champions in 1966, the International Trophy formed the first major race of the European season, being run just a week before the start of the FIA World Championship in Monaco. The 1966 season was significant, as changes to the F1 formula had allowed an increase in engine capacity from 1.5L to 3L. This then was the first opportunity for many teams to test their new cars against top-line opposition.

1966 BRDC International Trophy
Non-championship race in the 1966 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 14 May 1966
Official name XVIII BRDC International Trophy
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.711 km (2.927 miles)
Distance 35 laps, 165.003 km (102.528 miles)
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Repco
Time 1:29.8
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Time 1:29.8
First Brabham-Repco
Second Ferrari
Third Cooper-Maserati


The "return to power" caused some manufacturers significant problems, as the supply of suitable large-capacity engines was restricted.[1] Only four teams managed to provide true 3-litre cars this early in the season. Regular front runners Ferrari and Lotus were both prepared with new vehicles, as was former World Champion Jack Brabham's eponymous team, fielding Australian Repco engines. The fourth team to have a 3L car was Cooper, however, their engine was far from new. The team's first monocoque chassis, the Cooper T81 was fitted with what was in essence Maserati's 1950s engine, which had seen success in the Maserati 250F, bored out to the new capacity limit.[2] BRM's new H16 engine was also slated to appear, but reliability problems resulted in Peter Arundell being forced to withdraw his Lotus-BRM prior to qualifying.

Race ReportEdit

From the beginning of practice it became apparent that the race would be a straight fight between the Ferrari of John Surtees and Jack Brabham's Brabham. The pair qualified at the head of the field, with Brabham taking pole by only 0.2 of a second. The race went the same way, with Brabham being forced to equal his pole time in order to stay ahead of Surtees's hard-charging Ferrari. Despite qualifying an impressive third, Jochen Rindt's Cooper developed mechanical troubles and dropped him back to fifth by the end of the race. However, the surprise of the field was the sister Cooper of Jo Bonnier - run by Bonnier's Anglo-Suisse Racing Team and painted in Swiss racing red and white - who managed to climb from sixth to take the third place on the podium. It would prove to be Bonnier's last podium finish in a Formula One car, after a prolific career dating back a decade. Close behind Bonnier, Denny Hulme managed to bring an ageing Brabham home in fourth.


Pos. Driver[3] Constructor Time/Ret. Grid
1   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 52:57.6 1
2   John Surtees Ferrari + 7.4 s 2
3   Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 35 laps 6
4   Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax 35 laps 5
5   Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 34 laps 3
6   John Taylor Brabham-BRM 33 laps 10
7   Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 32 laps 9
8   Paul Hawkins Lotus-Climax 31 laps 13
9   Vic Wilson BRM 24 laps 11
DNF   Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati ret 14*
DNF   Richie Ginther Cooper-Maserati overheating 8
DNF   Mike Spence Lotus-BRM engine 4
DNS   Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati (12)

* Qualified 7th, but started from the back of the grid in replacement car.


  1. ^ Diepraam, Mattijs. "The start of the 3-litre era". 8W (Summer 2001). Archived from the original on 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  2. ^ Hales, Mark. "The Last Cooper". Motor Sport. LXXXII (December 2006): 50.
  3. ^ "XVIII BRDC International Trophy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-02-12.

External linksEdit

  • Race Report at A Second A Lap [1]

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