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Guards International Race Meeting - The Ilford Films Trophy

Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 30/8/1965
Track length: 4.265 m
Entries accepted: 35 + 4 reserves

Pole position: Brabham
Fastest lap: Clark in 1.54,2

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 132,46 kmh
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1965 Cars


True to form, the works Lotus Cortinas of Jim Clark and Jack Sears took the initial advantage, but Jack Brabham in Alan Brown's Ford Mustang used brute power to get by along the straight after South Bank Bend. At Westfield Bend the yellow flags were waved when Sears ran into the back of the new World Champion and spun him round!
So at the end of the first lap, Brabham led Sears, Roy Pierpoint (Ford Mustang), who snatched second place away from Sears along the Top Straight, Mike Salmon (Ford Mustang) and Clark, who had restarted. After Frank Gardner in the Willment Lotus Cortina, the battle of the Minis was on - it was all Mini, too, for the two Superspeed Anglias were not allowed to start on a small scrutineering technicality and John Anstead in the little Fiat Abarth complained of lack of urge.
With South Bank Bend permanently shrouded in tyre smoke, the race kept the crowd amused. The Minis were being thrown sideways round the corners, and the works Cortinas were continually on three wheels.
On the fourth lap Clark went straight on at Bottom Bend, coming into the pits from the wrong side to have a flat tyre replaced. Now out of the running, Clark nevertheless came out for more and spent the rest of the race doing acrobatics in the Cortina, even cornering on two wheels!  He set a new outright saloon car record of 1.54,2. during this display. Clark's progress was halted twice afterwards: first, the ignition terminal was replaced at South Bank Bend and secondly, he stopped at the pits to complain of faulty steering, later to set off to finish the race at reduced pace. Clark was, in fact, excluded from the results as a mechanic worked on the car away from the pits.
Brabham drew well away, with Pierpoint and Salmon in the Mustangs giving chase. Sears and Gardner were next up then Sir Gawaine Baillie's Mustang. On lap 16 Salmon was black flagged; the near side rear wheel was wobbling violently and, on stopping, it was found that the hub was broken. Towards the end Pierpoint closed the gap on Brabham, but he left the challenge too late and finished 2,2 seconds behind.
John Fitzpatrick's Broadspeed Mini led the 1 litre class until his seat broke, then Warwick Banks in the works car took command. Mike Campbell-Cole and David Miller enjoyed a glorious dust-up for second place, but the latter lost it at Hawthorne Bend on lap 7, spun and collected Campbell-Cole. Miller rolled the car, but Campbell-Cole got away with frontal damage.
With John Rhode's car delayed while a lead off the coil was replaced, Paddy Hopkirk took command of the 1300 cc class for the works Cooper team. But then Paddy had a tyre go at Clearways and he stopped, which gave the class to John Cannadine from Gordon Spice. Tony Lanfranchi's Alexander Mini was a second lap casualty with a disintegrated clutch and the carburettor falling apart, while John Handley's Broadspeed entry had its clutch go as well. The pits were very busy.
Source: Autosport

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 1 174 Alan Brown Racing Ltd
Ford Mustang
Jack Brabham, AUS
4728 V8 D 20 laps, 38.36,0 1   1.54,6  
2 2 172 Weybridge Engineering Co. Ltd
Ford Mustang
Roy Pierpoint, GB
4728 V8 D 20 laps, 38.38,2 5      
3 1 182 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Sears, GB
1594 L4 C 20 laps, 38.56,2 3      
4 2 183 Race Proved by Willment
Ford Lotus Cortina
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 C 20 8      
5 3 173 Gawaine Baillie
Ford Mustang
Gawaine Baillie, GB
4728 V8 D 20 6      
6 1 195 Tim Conroy Motors (Finchley) Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Cannadine, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 40.00,0 15      
7 2 206 Gordon Spice
Austin Mini Cooper S
Gordon Spice, GB
1293 L4 B   14      
8 3 192 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S
Andrew Hedges, GB
1293 L4 B   12      
9 4 196 Boormans Perfomance Equipment
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Pilsworth, GB
1293 L4 B   19      
10 3 184 Farnborough Racing Enterprises
Ford Lotus Cortina
John Nicholson, GB
1594 L4 C   16      
11 5 200 Janspeed Engineering Ltd.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Geoff Mabbs, GB
1293 L4 B   27      
12 1 211 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Warwick Banks, GB
999 L4 A 19 laps, 39.10,0 21   2.00,8  
13 6 201 Grosvenor Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Rutt, GB
1293 L4 B   30      
14 2 215 Cripspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Ken Costello, GB
999 L4 A   28      
15 7 208 Goodwin Engineering Racing Division
Ford Anglia Super
Laurie Goodwin, GB
1198 L4 B   32      
16 8 202  
Morris Mini Cooper S
Peter Clarke, GB
1293 L4 B   29      
17 3 218 Alpha Power Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Harry Martin, GB
999 L4 A   26      
18 9 198 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 B   7   1.57,6  
DSQ/19   181 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 C   2   1.54,2 Disqualified: outside assistance
    187 Team Fife
Ford Lotus Cortina
Tom Simpson
1594 L4 C   24      
    193 Equipe Arden
Austin Mini Cooper S
Steve Neal, GB
1293 L4 B   17      
Austin Mini Cooper S
John D. Lewis, GB
1293 L4 B   18      
Austin Mini Cooper S
David Buckett, GB
1293 L4 B   34      
    210 Radbourne Motors
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
John Anstead, GB
982 L4 A   31      
    213 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Campbell-Cole, GB
999 L4 A   22      
DNF   191 Team Broadspeed
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Handley, GB
1293 L4 B   10     Clutch
DNF   199 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 L4 B   11     Clutch
DNF   197 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Paddy Hopkirk, IRL
1293 L4 B   9     Tyre
DNF   212 Downton Engineering Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
David Miller, GB
999 L4 A   25     Accident
DNF   214 Team Broadspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
John Fitzpatrick, GB
999 L4 A   23   2.00,8 Broken seat
DNF   175 Dawnay Racing Organisation
Ford Mustang
Mike Salmon, GB
4728 V8 D   4     Blackflagged, broken hub
DNS   216  
Morris Mini Cooper S
Mac Ross, GB
1293 L4 B   33      
DNS   203 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1198 L4 B         Disqualified before start
DNS   204 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Chris Craft, GB
1198 L4 B         Disqualified before start