1962 Natal Grand Prix

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South Africa  1962 Natal Grand Prix
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1962 Formula One season
Date 22 December 1962
Official name II Natal Grand Prix
Location Westmead Circuit, Durban
Course Permanent racing facility
km (2.27 mi)
Distance 22 (heats), 33 (final) laps, km (49.94 (heats), 74.91 (final) mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:22.11
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax
Time 1:24.2
Podium
First United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax
Second United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Third United States Richie Ginther BRM

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.

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.

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 he race 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]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Non-starters[edit]

Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor
DNS 6 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax
WD 8 South Africa John Guthrie John Guthrie Cooper-Alfa Romeo
WD 22 South Africa Neville Austin Neville Austin Cooper-Climax
WD 23 South Africa Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati
WD 28 South Africa Tony Kotze Bond Cars Assegai-Alfa Romeo
WD 34 South Africa Lionel Wilmot Lionel Wilmot Lotus-Ford
WD 40 South Africa Peter Bosch Windhoek Motor Club Heron-Alfa Romeo
WD 41 South Africa 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.

Results[edit]

Heat one[edit]

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

Heat two[edit]

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

Final[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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