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The Ilford Films Trophy - Race of Champions Meeting

Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 13/3/1965
Track length: 4.265 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 35 + 6 reserves
Starters: 32
Finishers:

Pole position: Clark
Fastest lap: Clark in 1.54,8

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 131,16 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1965 Cars

 

Missing from the grid was Alan Hutcheson's Galaxie, so the V8 brigade was represented by a trio of Mustangs.
Clark made a picture start in the Lotus Cortina, whistling into Paddock Bend ahead of Roy Pierpoint (Mustang), Jack Sears (Lotus Cortina) and Mike Salmon (Mustang).  Close behind came a phenomenal traffic jam, with Andre Baldet pushing his Lotus Cortina ahead of a mess of jostling Minis, a pair of Anglias and Gawaine Baillie's red Mustang. How the procession sorted itself out without shunts passes comprehension, although there were quite a number of close shaves.
Jim Clark's Cortina lifted its near side front wheel at Bottom Bend about a foot in the air and continued to three-wheel almost the entire length of the Bottom Straight, bounced back on the deck again and immediately lifted for South Bank. He steadily pulled away from Pierpoint's pursuing Mustang. On lap 3 Salmon cleverly took Sears, but when the Norfolk man tried to re-pass into South Bank he found an awful lot of motor car in front of him.
At the end of five laps, Clark was seven seconds in the lead. Meanwhile the large Mini field had been somewhat depleted with the retirement of Marshall, Vernaeve, and Miss Burns-Greig. Frank Gardner also retired in his Cortina. John Rhodes completely dominated the 1300 cc section, but, behind, the Anglias of Chris Craft and Mike Young were locked in combat with Harry Ratcliffe (Mini-Cooper S) Tony Lanfranchi (Alexander Mini-Cooper S) and Boley Pittard in the Don Moore machine. In the smallest category European champion Warwick Banks was getting well away from Campbell-Cole and Stancomb - all three in Mini Cooper S entries.
At the end of the seventh lap, to the great disappointment of Team Lotus, Clark came into the pits with wobbling wheels. Nuts were hastily tightened and Jim re-entered the fray in eighth place. On lap 8, Sears moved up into second place in front of Salmon. On lap 9 Clark lost a wheel at Dingle Bend and abandoned. Then came two spectacular accidents at Paddock Bend, at the same time but unconnected. Chris Montague (Mini Cooper) slewed backwards into the ditch, but Bill McGovern bounced his Mini on its roof and was extricated unhurt by Montague. Mick Clare abandoned his Mini.
With Pierpoint and Sears fighting for the lead, Salmon's pit had been signalling to him not to try to go for the lead. But on the 17th lap the situation suddenly changed - Sears was missing; the front left hand tyre had punctured just under the bridge at South Bank. With Sears gone, Salmon unleashed more horsepower, but in the remaining three laps he could not get any closer than 8 sec from Pierpoint's Mustang. Andre Baldet was over a minute ahead of John Nicholson in another Lotus Cortina - the only other survivor in the 2-litre class. Rhodes, during a tremendous drive which kept his Mini Cooper S up with Baldet, set up a new class record of 1.58,2.  Jim Clark had also cut the 2000 cc figure to 1.54,8, only 0,4 sec outside his own Galaxie record.
So to Roy Pierpoint went victory in his first outing with his own Mustang, followed by Mike Salmon in the dark blue Dawney-English entry and Andre Baldet in the Moto-Baldet Lotus Cortina.
After the race the two Trustram Anglias which finished second and third to Rhodes in the 1300 cc class were disqualified for infringing regulations as to track width and inlet manifold design. Although larger section wheels were homologated, it appears that Fords omitted to state the increased track width. This put Ratcliffe and Lanfranchi into their placings.


Class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1 34  
Ford Mustang
Roy Pierpoint, GB
4728 V8 D 20 laps, 39.01,4 3   1.55,6  
2 2 35 Daynay Racing/F. English Ltd
Ford Mustang
Mike Salmon, GB
4728 V8 D 20 laps, 39.01,8 2      
3 1 46 Moto Baldet Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Andre Baldet, GB
1594 L4 C 20 laps, 40.04,4 8      
4 1 51 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 40.08,0 4   1.58,2  
5 3 33 Gawaine Baillie
Ford Mustang
Gawaine Baillie, GB
4728 V8 D 20 laps, 40.24,0 6      
DSQ   64 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Chris Craft, GB
1198 L4 B 20 9     Disqualified: track width, inlet manifold
DSQ   63 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1198 L4 B 20 11     Disqualified: track width, inlet manifold
6 2 53 Vitafoam Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 40.42,8 12      
7 3 55 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 40.47,0 16      
8 4 59 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S
Boley Pittard, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 40.08,0 22      
9   60 Team Speedwell
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Cannadine, GB
1293 L4 B 20 13      
10 2 44 Farnborough Racing Enterprises
Ford Lotus Cortina
John Nicholson, GB
1594 L4 C 20 laps, 41.06,2 14      
11   66 Boormans Perfomance Equipment
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Pilsworth, GB
1293 L4 B 19 36      
12 1 71 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Warwick Banks, GB
999 L4 A 19 laps, 39.23,4 15   2.02,4  
13   68 Newtune Ltd
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
David Wansborough, GB
999 L4 A 19 27      
14 2 76 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Campbell-Cole, GB
999 L4 A 19 laps, 39.47,0 20      
15   69 Vitafoam Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
R. Bloor, GB
999 L4 A 19 29      
16   54 Grosvenor Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Rutt, GB
1293 L4 B 19 21      
17 3 86 Don Moore
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Ted Savory, GB
999 L4 A 19 laps, 40.47,6 26      
18 4 73  
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Charles Stancomb, GB
999 L4 A 19 laps, 40.52,8 34      
19   75 Automobile Racing Drivers’ School Ltd
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Anita Taylor, GB
999 L4 A 18 33      
DNF   42 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Sears, GB
1594 L4 C 17 5     Puncture
DNF   52 Cripspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S
Ken Costello, GB
1293 L4 B 17 17      
DNF   58 Beta Cars Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Richard Cluley, GB
1293 L4 B 13 32      
DNF   57  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
1293 L4 B 9 19     Accident
DNF   61 Flintstone Racing
Austin Mini Cooper S
Bill McGovern, GB
1293 L4 B 9 18     Accident
DNF   56 Alexander Engineering Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Mick Clare, GB
1293 L4 B 9 31      
DNF   41 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 C 8 1   1.54,8 Wheel
DNF   43 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 C 5 7      
DNF   87 Vitafoam Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Mac Ross, GB
999 L4 A 5 24      
DNF   84  
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Julien Vernaeve, B
999 L4 A 5 23      
DNF   62  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Michaelle Burns-Grieg, GB
1293 L4 B 4 28      
DNF   85 Newtune Ltd
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Gerry Marshall, GB
999 L4 A   30      
DNS   31 R.A. Buchanan-Michaelson
Ford Galaxie
Alan Hutcheson, GB
6997 V8 D   10      
DNS   65  
Ford Anglia Super
Laurie Goodwin, GB
1198 L4 B   25      
DNS   67 Babea Racing Team
Austin Mini Cooper S
Jan-Erik Andreason, S
1293 L4 B   35