British GP 1966
JULY 16, 1966
British GP, 1966
There was no sign of Ferrari when the Formula 1 circus arrived at Brands Hatch, the Italian team plagued by strikes in Italy, but the field was padded out with an extra Brabham (with a Climax engine) for rising star Chris Irwin. Team Lotus had given up with the BRM H16 car and the 43 chassis and so Jim Clark and Peter Arundell were running with one 2-liter Climax engine (for Clark) and a BRM V8 for Arundell. Jackie Stewart had recovered from his injuries in Belgium and was back in action while Bruce McLaren had fitted his car with a Serenissima V8. The field was bolstered by a variety of local machinery including Trevor Taylor in a Shannon and Chris Lawrence in a Cooper which had been fitted with a Ferrari sportscar engine.
In practice there was no doubt that the Brabham-Repco had been developed into a winning machine, Jack Brabham's win at Reims had been fortunate but with out the Ferraris the Australian's cars were well clear. Denny Hulme was second quickest and Gurney's Eagle-Climax qualified third (the team still awaiting the arrival of the new Weslake V12 engine). Hill and Clark shared the second row with Stewart on row three alongside the Cooper-Maseratis of Jochen Rindt and John Surtees.
It had rained before the race but as the track was drying most of the field decided to use normal tires. Rindt and Surtees decided to stay on wet rubber and so at the start they had an advantage and while Brabham led, Rindt moved up to second and Surtees to third. As the track dried they came under attack from Hill and Clark, Gurney having disappeared with engine trouble. As the Coopers fell back, Hulme attacked Hill and Clark. On lap 40 he moved to second place. Clark soon disappeared to the pits without brakes. He rejoined and drove brilliantly to catch and pass Surtees and Rindt in the closing laps to take fourth place.
But it had been a dominant showing by the Brabham-Repco team. The first of several such races in the course of the summer.
|1||5||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco BT19||80||2h13m13.400s||1|
|2||6||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Repco BT20||80||2h13m23.000s||2|
|3||3||Graham Hill||BRM P261||79||4|
|4||1||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax 33||79||5|
|5||11||Jochen Rindt||Cooper-Maserati T81||79||7|
|6||14||Bruce McLaren||McLaren-Serenissima M2B||78||13|
|7||7||Chris Irwin||Brabham-Climax BT22||78||12|
|8||22||John Taylor||Brabham-BRM BT11||76||16|
|9||25||Bob Bondurant||BRM P261||76||14|
|10||19||Guy Ligier||Cooper-Maserati T81||75||17|
|11||24||Chris Lawrence||Cooper-Ferrari T73||73||19|
|nc||20||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati T81||70||11|
|nc||21||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax BT11||70||10|
|r||12||John Surtees||Cooper-Maserati T81||67||Mechanical||6|
|r||18||Jo Bonnier||Brabham-Climax BT7||42||Clutch||15|
|r||2||Peter Arundell||Lotus-BRM 33||32||Gearbox||20|
|r||4||Jackie Stewart||BRM P261||17||Engine||8|
|r||17||Mike Spence||Lotus-BRM 25||15||Mechanical||9|
|r||16||Dan Gurney||Eagle-Climax T1G||9||Engine||3|
|r||23||Trevor Taylor||Shannon-Climax MK 1||0||Fuel Tank||18|