1961 Natal Grand Prix

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1961 Natal Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Race details
Date 17 December 1961
Official name I Natal Grand Prix
Location Westmead Circuit, Durban
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.62 km (2.2496 mi)
Distance 89 laps, 322.213 km (200.214 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:26.1
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Time 1:24.8
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Porsche

The 1st Natal Grand Prix was a motor race, run to South African Formula One-style rules, held on 17 December 1961 at Westmead Circuit, South Africa. The race was run over 89 laps of the circuit, and was won by British driver Jim Clark, in his Lotus 21.

There were no great differences between the local rules to which this race was run and the international Formula One rules, but for example sports car bodies were permitted, such as the Porsche special driven by Jennings.

Clark led the race from start to finish, with only Stirling Moss, who had started from the back of the grid, able to stay on the same lap by the end. The local South African entrants were outclassed, with the first of them finishing three laps down on Clark.[1]


Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 8 United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 2.13:58.4 1
2 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax + 31.9 s 22
3 4 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 88 laps 2
4 5 Germany Edgar Barth Porsche System Engineering Porsche 87 laps 8
5 1 South Africa Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 86 laps 7
6 11 South Africa Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati 86 laps 10
7 25 South Africa Adrian Pheiffer Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo 86 laps 9
8 26 South Africa Trevor Blokdyk Trevor Blokdyk Cooper-Ford 19
9 19 South Africa Bruce Jennings Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche 18
10 20 South Africa John Guthrie Ecurie Rhodes Cooper-Alfa Romeo 13
Ret 2 South Africa Bruce Johnstone Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Accident 6
Ret 14 South Africa Don Philp Don Philp Quodra-Climax Engine 12
Ret 16 South Africa Helmut Menzler Ecurie Wolman Lotus-Borgward 14
Ret 29 South Africa Neville Lederle Neville Lederle Lotus-Ford 15
Ret 27 South Africa Bob van Niekerk Equipe Judette Lotus-Ford 16
Ret 10 South Africa Ernie Pieterse Scuderia Alfa Heron-Alfa Romeo Suspension 11
Ret 23 South Africa Fanie Viljoen G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax 17
Ret 15 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 20
Ret 17 South Africa Dave Wright Dave Wright Cooper-Climax 21
Ret 3 South Africa Tony Maggs Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Overheating 5
Ret 9 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Accident 3
Ret 6 United States Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax Cylinder head gasket 4
DNS 12 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love A.H. Pillman LDS-Porsche Practice accident -
WD 18 South Africa Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax Car not ready -
WD 21 South Africa Bill Dunlop Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo Car not ready -
WD 22 South Africa Gordon Henderson Gordon Henderson Cooper-Alfa Romeo Car not ready -
WD 24 South Africa Gene Bosman Scuderia Alfa Lotus-Alfa Romeo Car not ready -
WD 28 South Africa Bernard Podmore Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford Car damaged -
WD 30 South Africa Jack Holme Jack Holme Lotus-Climax Car damaged -


  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp.64-65
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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