1967 South African Grand Prix

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South Africa  1967 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 11 in the 1967 Formula One season
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Date 2 January 1967 (1967-01-02)
Location Kyalami, Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent race track
4.094 km (2.543 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 327.52 km (203.44 mi)
Pole position
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Time 1:28.3
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco
Time 1:29.9
Podium
First Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Cooper-Maserati
Second Rhodesia John Love Cooper-Climax
Third United Kingdom John Surtees Honda

The 1967 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Kyalami on 2 January 1967.

Race report[edit]

For the first time, the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg was being used. There were some changes in the driver line-ups: John Surtees was driving for Honda, Mike Spence signed for BRM whilst Pedro Rodríguez was on trial for Cooper. Denny Hulme led Jack Brabham away from the start, but the Australian soon spun, handing second place to Surtees, but by lap 21 had managed to regain 2nd. Further down the field, local privateer racer John Love was doing very successfully, rising up to third place in a 4-cylinder Cooper Climax. On lap 41, Brabham retired, followed by Dan Gurney on lap 44. On lap 59, Hulme had to pit for more brake fluid, handing the lead sensationally to Love. A magnificent drive was heartbreakingly halted as with just seven laps left he had to sweep into the pits to take on more fuel. Rodríguez took a fine win (his first in Formula One) for Cooper from Love in second place and Surtees in third.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Cooper-Maserati 80 2:05:45.9 4 9
2 17 Rhodesia John Love Cooper-Climax 80 + 26.4 5 6
3 11 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 79 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 2 New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco 78 + 2 Laps 2 3
5 14 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 78 + 2 Laps 10 2
6 1 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 76 + 4 Laps 1 1
NC 19 South Africa Dave Charlton Brabham-Climax 63 Not Classified 8  
NC 20 South Africa Luki Botha Brabham-Climax 60 Not Classified 17  
Ret 18 Rhodesia Sam Tingle LDS-Climax 56 Accident 14  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Piers Courage Lotus-BRM 51 Fuel System 18  
Ret 9 United States Dan Gurney Eagle-Climax 44 Suspension 11  
Ret 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 41 Engine 16  
Ret 3 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 38 Engine 7  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence BRM 31 Oil Leak 13  
Ret 15 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 30 Engine 12  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-BRM 22 Engine 3  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-BRM 6 Accident 15  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 2 Engine 9  

Notes[edit]

  • Cooper's last Formula 1 victory.
  • First F1 Grand Prix for Piers Courage, although he did compete in an F2 car in the 1966 German Grand Prix.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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