1968 South African Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 12 in the 1968 Formula One season
The Kyalami Circuit (1967-1985)
The Kyalami Circuit (1967-1985)
Date 1 January 1968
Official name XIV South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 328.320 km (204.009 mi)
Weather Very hot, dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford
Time 1:21.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford
Time 1:23.7 on lap 73
Podium
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford
Second United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford
Third Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco

The 1968 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on Monday 1 January 1968. It was the first round of the 1968 Formula One season. The race, contested over 80 laps, was won by two time World Drivers' Champion and 1965 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Clark for Lotus-Ford after starting from pole position. The race is significant as not only the last Formula One race to be won by Jim Clark, but also the last in which he ever competed, due to his fatal crash at the Hockenheimring in Germany three months later.

This was also Mike Spence's final race, as he was killed a few months later, while practicing for the 1968 Indianapolis 500.

Clark broke many records during the weekend, such as leading the most Grands Prix (43), having the most laps led (1,943), having the most perfect weekends (11), achieving the most pole positions (33) and finally achieving 25 race wins, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's 11-year-old record.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford 1:21.6
2 5 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 1:22.6 +1.0
3 16 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 1:22.7 +1.1
4 3 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 1:23.0 +1.4
5 2 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 1:23.2 +1.6
6 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 1:23.5 +1.9
7 10 Italy Andrea de Adamich Ferrari 1:23.6 +2.0
8 8 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 1:23.8 +2.2
9 1 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-BRM 1'24.0 +2.4
10 11 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 1:24.9 +3.3
11 9 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 1:24.9 +3.3
12 6 United States Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 1:25.6 +4.0
13 12 United Kingdom Mike Spence BRM 1:25.9 +4.3
14 22 South Africa Dave Charlton Brabham-Repco 1:26.2 +4.6
15 15 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-BRM 1:26.3 +4.7
16 19 Switzerland Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 1:26.4 +4.8
17 17 Rhodesia John Love Brabham-Repco 1:27.0 +5.4
18 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 1:27.2 +5.6
19 20 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 1:27.3 +5.7
20 25 South Africa Basil van Rooyen Cooper-Climax 1:27.8 +6.2
21 14 United Kingdom Brian Redman Cooper-Maserati 1:28.0 +6.4
22 18 Rhodesia Sam Tingle LDS-Repco 1:28.6 +7.0
23 23 South Africa Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Climax 1:29.0 +7.4

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford 80 1:53:56.6 1 9
2 5 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 80 + 25.3 2 6
3 3 Austria Jochen Rindt Brabham-Repco 80 + 30.4 4 4
4 8 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 78 + 2 Laps 8 3
5 1 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-BRM 78 + 2 Laps 9 2
6 21 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Ford 77 + 3 Laps 18 1
7 19 Switzerland Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 77 + 3 Laps 16  
8 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 75 + 5 Laps 6  
9 17 Rhodesia John Love Brabham-Repco 75 + 5 Laps 17  
NC 23 South Africa Jackie Pretorius Brabham-Climax 71 Not Classified 23  
Ret 6 United States Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake 58 Oil Leak 12  
Ret 9 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 51 Oil Leak 11  
Ret 20 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 46 Overheating 19  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford 43 Engine 3  
Ret 18 Rhodesia Sam Tingle LDS-Repco 35 Overheating 22  
Ret 25 South Africa Basil van Rooyen Cooper-Climax 22 Engine 20  
Ret 11 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez BRM 20 Fuel system 10  
Ret 2 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 16 Engine 5  
Ret 10 Italy Andrea de Adamich Ferrari 13 Accident 7  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Mike Spence BRM 7 Fuel System 14  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Brian Redman Cooper-Maserati 4 Oil Leak 21  
Ret 22 South Africa Dave Charlton Brabham-Repco 3 Differential 14  
Ret 15 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Cooper-BRM 2 Water Pipe 15  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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