1962 Kanonloppet

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Sweden  1962 Kanonloppet
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1962 Formula One season
Date 12 August 1962
Official name VIII Kanonloppet
Location Karlskoga Motorstadion, Karlskoga
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.998 km (1.863 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 89.95 km (55.89 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lola-Climax
Time 1.25.4
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax
Time 1:24.1
Podium
First Lotus-BRM
Second Lola-Climax
Third Porsche

The 8th Kanonloppet was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 12 August 1962 at the Karlskoga circuit, Sweden. The race was run over 30 laps of the little circuit, and was won by American driver Masten Gregory in a Lotus 24, run by the UDT Laystall Racing Team.[1]

Race[edit]

In training, Graham Hill left the track and damaged the nose on the Rob Walker Lotus 24.[2] He went on to compete without a nosecone. Rookie Olle Nygren could not find fourth gear in the Lotus 18 he had borrowed from Jay Chamberlain, and was also having a hard time finding his brake points. Nygren qualified last and only lasted six laps of this, his only Formula One race. Kurt Kuhnke's interesting Borgward-engined Lotus only made a few practice laps before it spun a main bearing and was withdrawn.[2] A recent resurfacing of the track led to lap times dropping by about 5 seconds compared to 1961, meaning some last-minute modifications to the cars had to be carried out to account for the higher speeds.[3]

Surtees took the lead from pole, but already on the second lap Masten Gragory passed him in Tröskurvan (curve one).[3] Surtees tried to take back the lead, but missed a gearshift after being blinded by water splashed by Gregory's car. Gregory took a lead of about five car lengths and was never threatened again. Innes Ireland had gone off the track on the opening lap but clawed his way back up the field for a fourth place in the end, putting down a new lap record along the way.[3] On the 11th lap Surtees retired with a broken valve spring, Hill with an oil leak, and ninth-placed Collomb with engine failure. Bonnier seemed to be in a secure second place, but Salvadori in the Lola gave chase and managed to pass. Bonnier made a spirited attempt to regain second in the last turn of the race, but came up three metres short at the flag. Burgess and Count de Beaufort finished a lap down, both in four-cylinder cars while the first four all raced eight-cylinder ones. Burgess' Cooper was a unique mix of Formula Junior and Formula One parts, all in the interest of minimizing frontal area.[3] De Beaufort's car, while entered by his private team Ecurie Maarsbergen, was supported by the factory and he shared three mechanics with Bonnier.[4]

Results[edit]

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 United States Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-BRM 42:51.3 6
2 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Bowmaker Racing Team Lola-Climax + 7.3 s 4
3 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 804 + 7.5 s 3
4 United Kingdom Innes Ireland UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax + 36.7 s 2
5 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Anglo-American Equipe Cooper Special-Climax 29 laps 7
6 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 29 laps 8
Ret France Bernard Collomb Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax 11, Engine 9
Ret United Kingdom John Surtees Bowmaker Racing Team Lola-Climax 11, Valve spring 1
Ret United Kingdom Graham Hill Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 11, Oil leak 5
Ret Sweden Olle Nygren Ecurie Excelsior Lotus-Climax 6, Gearbox 10
WD United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones Emeryson Cars Emeryson-Climax Driver injured -
WD United States Tony Settember Emeryson Cars Emeryson-Climax -
WD Germany Kurt Kuhnke Kurt Kuhnke Lotus-Borgward Engine not ready -
WD United Kingdom David Piper David Piper Lotus-Climax -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  2. ^ a b Johansson, Lars-Erik (September 1962). "Kanonloppet". Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 9. Lerum, Sweden. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c d Johansson, p. 10
  4. ^ Johansson, p. 11
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.


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