1965 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 10 in the 1965 Formula One season
Prince George Circuit.svg
Date 1 January 1965
Official name XI South African Grand Prix
Location Prince George Circuit
East London, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
3.920 km (2.436 mi)
Distance 85 laps, 333.175 km (207.025 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:27.2
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:27.6 on lap 80
Podium
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Second United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM

The 1965 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at East London on 1 January 1965. It was the first race of the 1965 Formula One season.

Race report[edit]

Jim Clark celebrated Hogmanay by dominating the race, leading from pole and breaking the 100 mph barrier, winning by half a minute from Graham Hill and John Surtees and even had time to complete an extra lap after the chequered flag was waved a lap too early. Mike Spence, Bruce McLaren and débutant Jackie Stewart completed the points positions. Goodyear made their Grand Prix début with the Brabham team, challenging the Dunlop monopoly.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 85 2:06:46.0 1 9
2 1 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 85 +29.0 secs 2 6
3 3 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 85 +31.8 secs 5 4
4 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-Climax 85 +54.4 secs 4 3
5 9 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 84 +1 Lap 8 2
6 4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 83 +2 Laps 11 1
7 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 83 +2 Laps 14
8 7 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 81 +4 Laps 3
9 18 Australia Paul Hawkins Brabham-Ford 81 +4 Laps 16
10 20 South Africa Peter de Klerk Alfa Romeo 79 +6 Laps 17
11 15 South Africa Tony Maggs Lotus-BRM 77 +8 Laps 13
12 16 Australia Frank Gardner Brabham-BRM 75 +10 Laps 15
13 25 Rhodesia Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 73 +12 Laps 20
14 19 United Kingdom David Prophet Brabham-Ford 71 +14 Laps 19
15 2 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 66 Ignition 6
NC 14 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 50 +35 Laps 12
Ret 11 Sweden Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax 42 Clutch 7
Ret 10 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Climax 39 Electrical 10
Ret 17 Rhodesia John Love Cooper-Climax 20 Halfshaft 18
Ret 8 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 11 Ignition 9
DNQ 28 South Africa Trevor Blokdyk Cooper-Ford
DNQ 23 South Africa Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax
DNQ 21 South Africa Doug Serrurier LDS-Climax
DNQ 27 South Africa Brausch Niemann Lotus-Ford
DNQ 22 South Africa Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax
DNPQ 24 Rhodesia Clive Puzey Lotus-Climax
DNPQ 29 South Africa Jackie Pretorius LDS-Alfa Romeo
DNPQ 32 South Africa Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford Fire in practice
WD 26 Rhodesia Ray Reed RE-Alfa Romeo Driver killed prior to event
WD 30 South Africa Brian Raubenheimer Lotus-Ford Engine not available
WD 31 South Africa David Clapham Cooper-Maserati
WD 33 South Africa Alex Blignaut Cooper-Climax

Notes[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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