1963 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 6 in 1963 Australian Drivers' Championship
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Date 10 February 1963
Location Warwick Farm Raceway, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
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 1'38.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom John Surtees Lola-Climax
Time 1'40.2
Podium
First Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax
Second United Kingdom John Surtees Lola-Climax
Third New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax

The 1963 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at Warwick Farm Raceway on 10 February 1963. The race had 16 starters.

It was the twenty eighth Australian Grand Prix. The race was a final prelude prior to the formation of the Tasman Series later that year. It featured the circuit that was so much a symbol of the series, and the entry list featured the strongest yet field of European based teams, with team entered by Brabham, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (running factory Coopers), Rob Walker Racing Team with the Ferguson 4WD project and Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing Team bringing their Lola-Climaxes and a Cooper-Climax as a spare.

Jack Brabham won his second AGP after a battle with John Surtees and was greeted with a standing ovation from the Warwick Farm grandstands. It had been the first victory for a self-developed car since Doug Whiteford won in his "Black Bess Ford V8 Special" in 1950.

Stirling Moss, who was recovering from a near-fatal crash at the Goodwood Circuit was the special guest at the grand prix. Moss, who had driven a Maserati 250F to victory in the 1956 Australian Grand Prix at the original Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, also provided guest commentary for Australian television station the ABC alongside Doug Woodward, Bill Reynolds and pit reporter Norman May.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Team Car Laps Time
1 4 Australia Jack Brabham Ecurie Vitesse Brabham BT4 / Climax FPF 2.7L 45 1h 16m 34.1s
2 2 United Kingdom John Surtees Bowmaker Racing Team Lola Mk.4 / Climax FPF 2.7L 45 1h 16m 42.1s
3 10 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Cooper T62 / Climax FPF 2.7L 45 1h 17m 284.1s
4 5 Australia David McKay Scuderia Veloce Brabham BT4 / Climax FPF 2.7L 45 1h 18m 01.1s
5 6 Australia Bib Stillwell B.S. Stillwell Brabham BT4 / Climax FPF 2.7L 44
6 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill Rob Walker Racing Team Ferguson P99 / Climax FPF 2.5L 44
7 16 New Zealand Tony Shelly Independent Motors Ltd. Lotus 18/21 / Climax FPF 2.5L
8 Australia Frank Matich Team Total Elfin WR275 / Ford 1.5L
9 17 Australia Leo Geoghegan Team Total Lotus 20B / Ford 1.5L
10 19 Australia Bob Holden Calara Motor Garage Lynx / Peugeot 1.5L
11 8 Australia Lex Davison Ecurie Australia Cooper T53 / Climax FPF 2.7L
Ret 15 Australia John Youl John Youl Cooper T55 / Climax FPF 2.5L Black Flagged
Ret 14 New Zealand Chris Amon Scuderia Veloce Cooper T53 / Climax FPF 2.5L Fuel Pump
Ret 3 South Africa Tony Maggs Bowmaker Racing Team Lola Mk.4 / Climax FPF 2.7L Exhaustion
Ret New Zealand Jim Palmer Bowmaker Racing Team Cooper T55 / Climax FPF 2.7L
Ret 11 Australia Frank Gardner Alec Mildren Cooper T55 / Maserati 2.9L 0 Broken Axle

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Des (1986). "1963". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 286–292. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1962 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1963
Succeeded by
1964 Australian Grand Prix