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"Hell, it was the sort of mistake any of us could have made in those circumstances."
Dan Gurney (on Jim Clark's accident), Motorsport Magazine[1]

The 1965 Race of Champions was the first running of the Non-Championship race meeting known as the Race of Champions, held at Brands Hatch in Kent, England.[2] The race was won by Mike Spence for Team Lotus over two heats, after Jim Clark crashed out in the second heat while under pressure from Dan Gurney in their battle for the lead.[2] Neither Clark nor Gurney were classified as both retired from one of the heats.

The podium was completed by Scot Jackie Stewart and Swede Jo Bonnier, as both fended off a strong performance from Frank Gardner.

BackgroundEdit

Hosted during the long four month break between the South African and Monaco Grand Prix in 1965, various members of the Formula One paddock arrived at Brands Hatch for the non-championship meeting.[2] Championship leader Jim Clark was the star name of the field, also entering in the supporting British Saloon Car Championship race held on the same day.[3] Other big names entering the race included Graham Hill and future F1 legend Jackie Stewart for BRM, John Surtees for Ferrari and future Race of Champions winner Bruce McLaren.[2]

The I Daily Mail Race of Champions was also the first time that the teams had run their cars competitively since the South African Grand Prix two months before, and also saw a drastically reduced entry list from the first race of the season.[2] The race itself, it was decided, would be held over two heats, with the BSCC running in between the two battles.[2] Numerous teams and drivers entered both events, with Team Lotus a prominent in both.[2] Several teams also entered reserve drivers although none of them would be used, although three privateers did run in the second heat after disqualifications and withdrawals.[2]


EntriesEdit

Below is the entry list for the 1965 Race of Champions.

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Type Tyre
1 United Kingdom John Surtees Italy SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari 158 Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8 D
2 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Italy SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari 158 Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8 D
3 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P261 BRM P60 1.5 V8 D
4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P261 BRM P60 1.5 V8 D
5 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 33 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
6 United Kingdom Mike Spence United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 33 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
7 United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 G
8 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 G
9 New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T77 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
10 Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T77 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
11 Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT11 BRM P56 1.5 V8 G
12 Sweden Jo Bonnier United Kingdom Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT7 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 G
14 United States Masten Gregory Italy Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P578 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
15 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Italy Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P578 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
16 United Kingdom Richard Attwood United Kingdom Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
18 Australia Frank Gardner United Kingdom John Willment Automobiles Brabham BT11 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
19 France Jo Schlesser United Kingdom John Willment Automobiles Lola T55 Ford 109E 1.5 V8 D
20 United Kingdom Bob Anderson United Kingdom DW Racing Enterprises Brabham BT11 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
21 United Kingdom Ian Raby United Kingdom Ian Raby Racing Brabham BT3 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D
22 United Kingdom John Taylor United Kingdom Gerard Racing Cooper T60 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
23 United Kingdom Rodney Bloor United Kingdom Sports Motors Brabham BT14 Ford 109E 1.5 V8 D
25 Australia Paul Hawkins United Kingdom DW Racing Enterprises Lotus 33 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D
26 United Kingdom John Rhodes United Kingdom Gerard Racing Cooper T71 Ford 109E 1.5 V8 D

QualifyingEdit

Pole position went to Clark in the as ever well prepared Lotus-Climax, with is time of 1:34.9 unbeaten in the session.[4] Hill was next for BRM with Mike Spence taking third, while Jo Bonnier and Jack Brabham set the same time for fourth in the two Brabham-Climaxs.[4]

Furtherdown, Surtees took seventh in the sole entered Ferrari, with McLaren in tenth.[4] Frank Gardner, whom would also be competing in the BSCC race, took fifteenth in his Brabham-BRM, while Jo Schlesser in the only Lola-Ford Cosworth completed the qualifying grid in twentieth.[4] 

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[4] Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 1:34.9
2 3 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 1:35.6 +0.7s
3 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-Climax 1:36.1 +1.2s
4 12 Sweden Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax 1:36.5 +1.6s
5 8 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 1:36.5 +1.6s
6 4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 1:36.7 +1.8s
7 1 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 1:37.3 +2.4s
8 20 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 1:37.4 +2.5s
9 10 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Climax 1:37.7 +2.8s
10 9 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 1:38.0 +3.1s
11 16 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Lotus-BRM 1:38.1 +3.2s
12 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 1:38.1 +3.2s
13 7 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 1:38.1 +3.2s
14 17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Lotus-BRM 1:38.8 +3.9s
15 18 Australia Frank Gardner Brabham-BRM 1:39.0 +4.1s
16 21 United Kingdom Ian Raby Brabham-BRM 1:40.4 +5.5s
17 22 United Kingdom John Taylor Cooper-Climax 1:40.6 +5.7s
18 15 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti BRM 1:41.3 +6.4s
19 14 United States Masten Gregory BRM 1:41.4 +6.5s
20 19 FranceJo Schlesser Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:44.0 +9.1s
Res 23 United Kingdom Rodney Bloor* Brabham-Ford Cosworth No TIme -
Res 25 Australia Paul Hawkins* Lotus-Climax No TIme -
Res 26 United Kingdom John Rhodes* Cooper-Ford No TIme -

* Bloor, Hawkins and Rhodes were reserve entries so did not set a time in qualifying.[2]


Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
______________ 2 Jim Clark
3 Graham Hill
Mike Spence
______________
______________ 4
5 Jo Bonnier
Jack Brabham
______________
______________ 6
______________ 7 Jackie Stewart
8 John Surtees
Bob Acnderson
______________
______________ 9
10 Jochen Rindt
Bruce McLaren
______________
______________ 11
______________ 12 Richard Attwood
13 Jo Siffert
Dan Gurney
______________
______________ 14
15 Mike Hailwood
Frank Gardner
______________
______________ 16
______________ 17 Ian Raby
18 John Taylor
Ludovico Scarfiotti
______________
______________ 19
20 Masten Gregory
Jo Schlesser




RaceEdit

Before the race, Alan Rees withdrew his Roy Winkelmann prepared Brabham-Ford, as the car was not ready to take part in qualifying, and could not register as a reserve.[2] Likewise, Ferrari's second car, that of Lorenzo Bandini, was withdrawn after the Italian driver failed to set a time in the qualifying session.[2] Otherwise, the grid was unchanges, with the starting order the same for both heats, although a reserve entry would start from the slot allocated to the car it replaced if required.[2]

Heat IEdit

Heat I saw Jim Clark paint a dominant display over the Kent circuit, beating his closest competitor, Dan Gurney, by over 20 seconds.[4] Gurney himself had had an intense race, battling his way past half the field to take second in the first 40 lap race.[5] Off the line, Clark and Mike Spence had streaked ahead of second placed Graham Hill, as the two Lotus 33s set about taking a decisive lead in the first heat.[5] But Spence had begun to fall off the pace of his legendary team mate, allowing John Surtees, having swung his way through the field, to take second.[5]

Sadly for Surtees, his pace would also deteriorate as the race went on, dropping him back to sixth by the finish, splitting the BRMs of Hill and Jackie Stewart.[4] This meant that Spence was promoted back to third, which he held until the end of the first Heat.[4] Furtherdown, accidents claimed Bob Anderson and Mike Hailwood, while Jo Schlesser was disqualified for obtaining outside assistance in rejoining the race after a spin.[4]

Heat IIEdit

After the chaos of the Saloon Car race had been cleared from the circuit, the Second Heat started, with the three reserve drivers stepping in.[4] Rodney Bloor replaced the disqualifed Schlesser, Aussie Paul Hawkins stepped in for Masten Gregory after his retirement in Heat ! with a driveshaft failure, and John Rhodes entered instead of Ludovico Scarfotti, whom withdrew after the first heat.[2] Otherwise, the order remained unchanged, with the grid lined up the same as it had been for the first heat.[5]

Once again, the two Lotuses stole the show from the start line, with Spence and Clark pulling ahead of Hill in the centre slot, taking first and second on the road.[5] Spence soon fell to Gurney, however, whose spirited performance meant he was soon challenging Clark for the lead.[5] Furtherdown, John Taylor slid wide on the run out of Druids, rejoining after a bounce through the grass behind the pitlane.[5]

After a spin for Jochen Rindt caused a stir (the Austrian running high in the order at the time), focus returned to Clark and Gurney at the front, with the American ace desperate to find a way past the super Scotsman.[5] However, a rare mistake by Clark, under pressure from Gurney, caused him to run wide out of the final corner, sending the Lotus into the marshall post neaarby.[6] Clark was unhurt after an accident that split the chassis of his car, with the former World Champion helping the clean up operation after the race.[6]

Gurney should, therefore, have gone on to win the race, but fell to an ignition failure just moments after Clark's accident, handing victory to Spence in the second Team Lotus car.[5] A relaxed race from the Englishman meant he took the first Race of Champions victory on aggregate, having finished third in the first heat and won the second.[2] Jo Bonnier and Frank Gardner swept acorss the line after their own quiet races to take second and third in the heat, although they would ultimately slip to third and fourth respectively after Stewart finished fourth in heat II.[4]

Aggregate ResultEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid I/II
1 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-Climax 80 2:11:42.0 3 3rd/1st
2 4 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 80 +59.4s 6 7th/4th
3 12 Sweden Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax 79 +1 lap 4 8th/2nd
4 18 Australia Frank Gardner Brabham-BRM 79 +1 lap 15 9th/3rd
5 9 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 79 +1 lap 10 12th/5th
6 11 Switzerland Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 79 +1 lap 12 11th/6th
7 10 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Climax 78 +2 laps 9 13th/7th
8 22 United Kingdom John Taylor Cooper-Climax 77 +3 laps 17 14th/8th
9 21 United Kingdom Ian Raby Brabham-BRM 75 +5 laps 16 15th/9th
10* 25 Australia Paul Hawkins Lotus-Climax 37 +43 laps - DNS/10th
11* 26 United Kingdom John Rhodes Cooper-Ford 31 +49 laps - DNS/11th
Ret 8 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 68 Oil leak 5 4th/Ret
Ret 16 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Lotus-BRM 65 Water hose 11 10th/Ret
Ret 23 United Kingdom Rodney Bloor Brabham-Ford 17 Steering - DNS/Ret
Ret 3 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 54 Overheating 2 5th/Ret
Ret 7 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 54 Ignition 13 2nd/Ret
Ret 5 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 51 Accident 1 1st/Ret
Ret 17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Lotus-BRM 22 Accident 14 Ret/Ret
Ret 1 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 46 Fuel injector 7 6th/Ret
Ret 20 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 14 Accident 8 Ret/Ret
WD 15 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti BRM 28 Withdrew 18 Ret/WD
DSQ 19 France Jo Schlesser Lola-Ford Cosworth 18 Disqualified 20 DSQ/DNS
Ret 14 United States Masten Gregory BRM 1 Driveshaft 19 Ret/DNS
WD 2 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 0 Withdrew - WD/WD
  • The results are based on timing, with the times from the second heat taking precendence over those from the first.
  • * Hawkins and Rhodes were classified as finishers on aggregate as they completed the race distance in the second heat, despite not starting the first.[2]
  • Schlesser was disqualified from the first Heat after requiring outside assistance to rejoin the race.[2] This meant he was unable to enter the second heat as well.[2]

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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