1955 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1955 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre race
Date 10 October 1955
Location Port Wakefield, South Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.09 km (1.3 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 167.3 km (104 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver
  • Australia Reg Hunt
Maserati
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham
Australia Reg Hunt
Cooper-Bristol
Maserati
Time 1'03
Podium
First Cooper-Bristol
Second
  • Australia Reg Hunt
Maserati
Third Talbot-Lago

The 1955 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at the Port Wakefield circuit, in South Australia on 10 October 1955. The race, which had 22 starters, was held over 80 laps of the 2.09 km (1.3 mi) circuit. It was open to cars of unlimited capacity.[1]

It was the twentieth Australian Grand Prix and the first to be held on a purpose built motor racing circuit after the previous 19 were held on closed streets or country roads, or on airfields modified for the purpose. Future World Champion Jack Brabham won his first Australian Grand Prix in a streamlined Cooper-Bristol that Brabham, having recently joined the Cooper team, had assembled himself and sent to Australia. It was the first time a rear-engined car had won the AGP, although this was seen as an upset win and a rear-engined car would not win again until 1960.

Classification[edit]

The Cooper T40 Bristol with which Jack Brabham won the 1955 Australian Grand Prix (pictured in 2011)

Results as follows.[2]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 6 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T40 / Bristol 2.0L 80 1h 26m 44.43s
2 5 Australia Reg Hunt Maserati A6GCM / Maserati 2.5L 80 1h 26m 47.54s
3 3 Australia Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago T26C / Talbot-Lago 4.5L 80 1h 26m 48.92s
4 10 Australia Kevin Neal Cooper T23 / Bristol 2.0L 78
5 12 Australia Murray Trenberth Vincent Special / Vincent 1.0L 76
6 16 Australia Keith Rilstone Rilstone Special / Vincent 1.0L 75
7 14 Australia Bill Craig Alta / Holden 2.4L 75
8 2 Australia Eldred Norman Eclipse Zephyr / Ford s/c 2.3L 75
9 20 Australia Bill Wilcox Ford V8 Special / Ford 4.4L 74
10 17 Australia Greg McEwin Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L 71
11 30 Australia Jack Johnson MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 69
12 7 Australia Charlie Whatmore Jaguar Special / Jaguar 3.4L 68
13 27 Australia Bob Burnet-Read MG K3 / MG 1.1L 67
14 29 Australia Steve Tillet MG TC / MG 1.4L 66
15 21 Australia C.N. Norris AC Ace / AC 2.0L 64
Ret 8 Australia Tom Hawkes Cooper T23 / Bristol 2.0L
Ret 18 Australia Clem Smith Austin-Healey 100 / Austin-Healey 2.7L
Ret 4 Australia Stan Jones Maybach Mk. 3 [3] / Maybach 3.8L
Ret 9 Australia Stan Coffey Cooper T20 / Bristol 2.0L
Ret 26 Australia Bruce Walton Walton / JAP 0.5L
Ret 25 Australia Murray Rainey Cooper Mk.IX / Norton 0.5L
Ret 23 Australia Bill Patterson Cooper Mk.V / JAP 0.5L
DNQ [2] 35 Australia John Cummins Bugatti Type 37 / Holden 2.2L

Notes[edit]

  • Pole Position: Reg Hunt [4]
  • Fastest lap: Jack Brabham/Reg Hunt - 1'03
  • Number of starters: 22 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand Prix in October, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wednesday 3 August 1955, page 10, trove.nla.gov.au Retrieved 27 June 2015
  2. ^ a b c Howard, Graham (1986). "1955". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 206–217. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  3. ^ John B Blanden, Maybach Mk. 3, Historic Racing Cars in Australia, 1979, pages 230 to 231
  4. ^ 30,000 see thrilling Grand Prix, The Advertiser , Tuesday, 11 October 1955, page 3

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1954 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1955
Succeeded by
1956 Australian Grand Prix