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International Trophy

Silverstone, Great-Britain

Date: 6/5/1961
Track length: 4.710 m
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Pole position: Gurney
Fastest lap: Hill in 1.54,4 = 148,23 kmh

Distance: 12 laps
Average speed: 154,10 kmh
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info:  


This race was thought to be a cracker: the usual bunch of Jaguars were expecting a visit from America: Gurney with the mighty Chevrolet Impala. He duly qualified on pole, with Hill, Salvadori and Parkes next, with McLaren, Taylor and Baillie on row 2.
The Jaguars had the better start, but the Impala rocketed down the straight and passed the Jaguars easily. Shepherd spun at Copse, and collected Pilsworth - both were out.
Gurney held the lead with ease, the Jaguars followed while Hutcheson (Riley 1.5) had a nice battle with Kerrison (Jaguar 2.4). A Mini fight took place between Whitmore, Aley and Aston - the latter revealing impressive speed on the straights, possibly thanks to a Downton-tuned engine.
Lap 3: Salvadori was black flagged for an open boot, he came in to have it fixed and stormed away again. Hill was now second, and catched Gurney in the bends, only to be left behind on the straights. In lap 6, the leaders lapped the Mini battle, but of course Whitmore retook them in the next corner, only to be left behind for good on the next straight.
Lap 8: Gurney was still in the lead with Hill closing in before the corners. Aston was leading the small class, since his car was faster on the straights than Whitmore’s.
Salvadori was suddenly missing, having retired with engine troubles, and then Gurney had to retire as well when a wheel came off. Hill continued and won, setting fastest lap in the process. Harper won his class, and Aston finished 0,4 seconds in front of Whitmore.

Class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 33 Equipe Endeavour
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Graham Hill, GB
3781 L6 D 12 laps 2   1.54,4  
2 2 34 Equipe Endeavour
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Michael Parkes, GB
3781 L6 D 12 4      
3 3 35/36? Peter Berry (Racing) Ltd.
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Bruce McLaren, NZ
3781 L6 D 12 5      
4 4 36/35? Peter Berry (Racing) Ltd.
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Dennis Taylor, GB
3781 L6 D   6      
6 1 12 Sunbeam Talbot Ltd
Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA
Peter Harper, GB
1592 L4 B       2.08,0  
  2 11  
Riley 1.5
Alan Hutcheson, GB
1489 L4 B          
  3 14  
Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA
Ellis Cuff-Miller, GB
1592 L4 B          
  1 4  
Morris Mini Minor
Bill Aston, GB
848 L4 A          
  2 5 Don Moore
Austin Mini Seven
John Whitmore, GB
848 L4 A 0,4 sec behind Aston     2.16,4  
  3 2 Don Moore
Morris Mini Minor
John Aley, GB
848 L4 A          
    20 Gerrards Cross Motor Co.
Jaguar Mk II 2.4
Chris Kerrison, GB
2483 L6 C          
    31 Gawaine Baillie
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Gawaine Baillie, GB
3781 L6 D   7     DNS?
    9 W.H. Griffiths Engineering Ltd.
Auto Union 1000S
Nicky Byrne, GB
981 L3 A         DNS?
Auto Union 1000S
Paddy Gaston, GB
981 L3 A          
Auto Union 1000S
John Poulton
981 L3 A          
Morris Mini Minor
Mick Clare, GB
848 L4 A         DNS?
Austin Mini Seven
Edward Lewis, GB
848 L4 A          
DNF   37  
Chevrolet Impala
Dan Gurney, USA
6702 V8 D 10 1     Lost wheel
DNF   32 John Coombs
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Roy Salvadori, GB
3781 L6 D   3     Engine
DNF   6  
Austin Mini Seven
George "Doc" Shepherd, GB
848 L4 A         Accident
DNF   10  
Riley 1.5
Peter Pilsworth, GB
1489 L4 B 8       Accident