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The 1968 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on Monday 1 January 1968. It was race 1 of 12 in both the 1968 World Championship of Drivers and the 1968 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 80-lap race was won by two time World Drivers' Champion and 1965 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Clark for Lotus-Ford after starting from pole position. The race is significant as not only the last Formula One race to be won by Clark, but also the last in which he ever competed, due to his fatal crash at the Hockenheimring in Germany three months later. At this race Team Gunston became the first Formula One team to paint their cars in the livery of their sponsors when they entered a private Brabham for John Love.[1]

1968 South African Grand Prix
The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
Race details
Date 1 January 1968
Official name XIV South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami, Midrand, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 328.320 km (204.009 mi)
Weather Very hot, dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:21.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford
Time 1:23.7 on lap 73
Podium
First Lotus-Ford
Second Lotus-Ford
Third Brabham-Repco

The first six slots on the grid were filled by either previous or future world champions. However the reigning champion, Denny Hulme, only started in ninth.

This was also Mike Spence's final race, as he too was killed a few months later, while practising for the 1968 Indianapolis 500.

Clark broke many records during the weekend, such as leading the most Grands Prix (43), having the most laps led (1,943), having the most perfect weekends (11), achieving the most pole positions (33) and finally achieving 25 race wins, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's 11-year-old record.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4   Jim Clark Lotus-Ford 1:21.6
2 5   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:22.6 +1.0
3 16   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 1:22.7 +1.1
4 3   Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 1:23.0 +1.4
5 2   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 1:23.2 +1.6
6 7   John Surtees Honda 1:23.5 +1.9
7 10   Andrea de Adamich Ferrari 1:23.6 +2.0
8 8   Chris Amon Ferrari 1:23.8 +2.2
9 1   Denny Hulme McLaren-BRM 1'24.0 +2.4
10 11   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:24.9 +3.3
11 9   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:24.9 +3.3
12 6   Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 1:25.6 +4.0
13 12   Mike Spence BRM 1:25.9 +4.3
14 22   Dave Charlton Brabham-Repco 1:26.2 +4.6
15 15   Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-Maserati 1:26.3 +4.7
16 19   Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 1:26.4 +4.8
17 17   John Love Brabham-Repco 1:27.0 +5.4
18 21   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 1:27.2 +5.6
19 20   Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 1:27.3 +5.7
20 25   Basil van Rooyen Cooper-Climax 1:27.8 +6.2
21 14   Brian Redman Cooper-Maserati 1:28.0 +6.4
22 18   Sam Tingle LDS-Repco 1:28.6 +7.0
23 23   Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Climax 1:29.0 +7.4

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Jim Clark Lotus-Ford 80 1:53:56.6 1 9
2 5   Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 80 + 25.3 2 6
3 3   Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 80 + 30.4 4 4
4 8   Chris Amon Ferrari 78 + 2 Laps 8 3
5 1   Denny Hulme McLaren-BRM 78 + 2 Laps 9 2
6 21   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 18 1
7 19   Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 77 + 3 Laps 16  
8 7   John Surtees Honda 75 + 5 Laps 6  
9 17   John Love Brabham-Repco 75 + 5 Laps 17  
NC 23   Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Climax 71 + 9 Laps 23  
Ret 6   Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 58 Oil Leak 12  
Ret 9   Jacky Ickx Ferrari 51 Oil Leak 11  
Ret 20   Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 46 Overheating 19  
Ret 16   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 43 Engine 3  
Ret 18   Sam Tingle LDS-Repco 35 Overheating 22  
Ret 25   Basil van Rooyen Cooper-Climax 22 Engine 20  
Ret 11   Pedro Rodríguez BRM 20 Fuel System 10  
Ret 2   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 16 Engine 5  
Ret 10   Andrea de Adamich Ferrari 13 Accident 7  
Ret 12   Mike Spence BRM 7 Fuel System 14  
Ret 14   Brian Redman Cooper-Maserati 4 Oil Leak 21  
Ret 22   Dave Charlton Brabham-Repco 3 Differential 14  
Ret 15   Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-Maserati 2 Water Pipe 15  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

NotesEdit

Last race: Brabham BT11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'SA was ahead of the curve' – 50 years of sponsorship in F1". wheels24.co.za. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "1968 South African Grand Prix". Formula One. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "South Africa 1968 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Lang, Mike (1982). Grand Prix! Vol 2. Haynes Publishing Group. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-85429-321-3.
  • Walthert, Matthew (7 April 2015). "Going Out on Top: The Story of Jim Clark's Final Formula 1 Race". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 February 2016.


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