1967 South African Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 11 in the 1967 Formula One season|
|Date||2 January 1967|
|Location||Kyalami, Transvaal Province, South Africa|
|Course||Permanent race track|
|Course length||4.094 km (2.543 mi)|
|Distance||80 laps, 327.52 km (203.44 mi)|
The 1967 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 2 January 1967. It was the first race of the 1967 Formula One season. The 80-lap race was won by Cooper driver Pedro Rodríguez after he started from fourth position. His teammate John Love finished second and Honda driver John Surtees came in third.
For the first time, the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg was being used. There were some changes in the driver line-ups: John Surtees was driving for Honda, Mike Spence signed for BRM whilst Pedro Rodríguez was on trial for Cooper. Denny Hulme led Jack Brabham away from the start, but the Australian soon spun, handing second place to Surtees, but by lap 21 had managed to regain 2nd. Further down the field, local privateer racer John Love was doing very well, rising up to third place in a 4-cylinder Cooper Climax. On lap 41, Brabham retired, followed by Dan Gurney on lap 44. On lap 59, Hulme had to pit for more brake fluid, handing the lead sensationally to Love. A magnificent drive was heartbreakingly halted as with just seven laps left he had to sweep into the pits to take on more fuel. Rodríguez took a fine win (his first in Formula One) for Cooper from Love in second place and Surtees in third.
|2||17||John Love||Cooper-Climax||80||+ 26.4||5||6|
|3||11||John Surtees||Honda||79||+ 1 Lap||6||4|
|4||2||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Repco||78||+ 2 Laps||2||3|
|5||14||Bob Anderson||Brabham-Climax||78||+ 2 Laps||10||2|
|6||1||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Repco||76||+ 4 Laps||1||1|
|NC||19||Dave Charlton||Brabham-Climax||63||Not Classified||8|
|NC||20||Luki Botha||Brabham-Climax||60||Not Classified||17|
|Ret||16||Piers Courage||Lotus-BRM||51||Fuel System||18|
|Ret||6||Mike Spence||BRM||31||Oil Leak||13|
- Cooper's last Formula 1 victory.
- First F1 Grand Prix for Piers Courage, although he did compete in an F2 car in the 1966 German Grand Prix.
Championship standings after the race
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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