1968 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1968 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 8 in 1968 Tasman Series
Sandown (Australia) track map.svg
Date 20 February 1968
Location Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
3.1 km (1.92 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 170.5 km (105.6 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Time 1'06.7
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari
Time 1'07.0
Podium
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth
Second New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth

The 1968 Australian Grand Prix was a race held at Sandown International Raceway on 20 February 1968.

It was the thirty third Australian Grand Prix and doubled as round seven of the 1968 Tasman Series. In his last ever drive in an Australian Grand Prix, Jack Brabham started the race on pole, while Chris Amon drove the fastest race lap.

The race proved to be the last major victory for Scotsman Jim Clark. A dual Formula One World Champion in 1963 and 1965, three-time Tasman Series champion, and the winner of the 1965 Indianapolis 500, he was killed in a Formula 2 crash at the Hockenheim circuit in West Germany just 6 weeks after the race. A talented driver who could drive and win in anything from purpose built Open-wheel race cars to production based saloons, Jim Clark is widely recognised not only as one of the best drivers of his generation, but one of the best in the history of motor racing.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows:[1][2]

Pos No. Driver Team Car Laps Time
1 6 United Kingdom Jim Clark Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 49T / Cosworth DFV 2.5 55 1h 02m 40.3s
2 4 New Zealand Chris Amon C. Amon Ferrari 246T / Ferrari V6 2.4 55 1h 02m 40.4s
3 5 United Kingdom Graham Hill Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 49T / Cosworth DFV 2.5 55 1h 03m 39.6s
4 8 Australia Frank Gardner Alec Mildren Racing Brabham BT23D / Alfa Romeo V8 2.5 55 1h 03m 39.8s
5 18 United Kingdom Piers Courage Piers Courage McLaren M4A / Cosworth FVA 54
6 12 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Owen Racing Org. BRM P126 / BRM V12 2.5 53
7 10 Australia Leo Geoghegan Geoghegan Racing Div. Lotus 39 / Repco V8 2.5 53
8 9 Australia Kevin Bartlett Alec Mildren Racing Brabham BT11A / Climax FPF 53
9 1 New Zealand Denny Hulme Racing Team S.A. Brabham BT23 / Cosworth FVA 50
Ret 2 Australia Jack Brabham Ecurie Vitesse Brabham BT23E / Repco V8 2.5 21 Engine
Ret 7 Australia Greg Cusack Scuderia Veloce Brabham BT23A / Repco V8 2.5 21  ??
Ret 3 Australia John Harvey Bob Jane Racing Brabham BT11A / Repco V8 2.5 16 Gearbox
Ret 11 Mexico Pedro Rodriguez Owen Racing Org. BRM P126 / BRM V12 2.5 10 Engine

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XXXIII Australian Grand Prix". tasman-series.com. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  2. ^ White, Des (1986). "1968". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 328–335. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1968 Warwick Farm International
Tasman Series
1968
Succeeded by
1968 South Pacific Trophy
Preceded by
1967 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1968
Succeeded by
1969 Australian Grand Prix