1962 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 6 in 1962 Australian Drivers' Championship
Date 18 November 1962
Location Caversham, Western Australia
Course Airfield circuit
3.621 km (2.25 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 162.945 km (101.25 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Time 1'19.6
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Repco Brabham-Climax [1]
Time 1'20.0
Podium
First New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Second Australia John Youl Cooper-Climax
Third Australia Bib Stillwell Cooper-Climax

The 1962 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Libre motor race held at Caversham in Western Australia on 18 November 1962. It was the twenty seventh Australian Grand Prix and the sixth and final race in the 1962 Australian Drivers' Championship. The race, held at the former United States Navy air base in still remote Western Australia, had just ten starters, seven of which had made the long trek across the Nullarbor Plain from the eastern states, joined by just three local entries. It was the second of only three Australian Grands Prix to be held in Western Australia and the next would not be held until 1979.

Bruce McLaren won his first Australian Grand Prix, beginning a new era for the Grand Prix in which the results would become dominated by professional drivers and teams rather than the gentleman amateurs who had won most of the post-war races. It also signalled the beginning of an AGP rivalry between the two senior drivers from the region over the Grand Prix, between McLaren and Jack Brabham who were already long rivals racing Formula One overseas, a rivalry that with the growing influence of the two in Formula One would assist in the creation of the Tasman Series in 1964.

Classification[edit]

The 9th placed Lotus Super 7, pictured in 2012

Results as follows.[2]

Pos No. Driver Entrant [1] Car Laps Time
1 47 [1] New Zealand Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren Cooper T62 / Coventry Climax FPF 2.7L 60 1h 21m 58.4s
2 5 Australia John Youl Scuderia Veloce Cooper T55 / Coventry Climax FPF 2.5L 60 1h 22m 40s
3 6 Australia Bib Stillwell B S Stillwell Cooper T55 / Coventry Climax FPF 2.5L 60 1h 22m 44.7s
4 3 Australia Bill Patterson Bill Patterson Motors Cooper T51 / Coventry Climax FPF 2.5L 57
5 7 Australia Arnold Glass Capitol Motors BRM P48 / Buick 3.9L 55
6 14 Australia Syd Negus S A Negus Cooper T20 / Repco-Holden 2.3L [3] 47
7 2 Australia Ted Edwards [3] E Edwards [3] T.S. Special / GMC 4.5L 47
8 4 [1] Australia Lex Davison Ecurie Australie [3] Cooper T53 / Coventry Climax FPF 2.7L 46
9 26 Australia Jeff Dunkerton Reimann Motors Lotus Super 7 / Ford 1.5 46
Ret 1 Australia Jack Brabham Ecurie Vitesse Repco Brabham BT4 [4] / Coventry Climax FPF 2.5L 50 Accident
DNS 11 Australia Wally Higgs W Higgs Formula Junior / Peugeot 1.1L Engine

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Western Australian Motor Race Results 1962 Retrieved from www.terrywalkersplace.com on 28 August 2012
  2. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1962". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 276–284. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d 1962 Gold Star Retrieved on 28 August 2012
  4. ^ 1962 Non-World Championship Grands Prix Retrieved from www.silhouet.com on 28 August 2012
Preceded by
1961 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1962
Succeeded by
1963 Australian Grand Prix