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International Gold Cup Meeting - Saloon Car Race

Oulton Park, Great Britain

Date: 18/9/1965
Track length: 4.443 m
Entries accepted: 30 + 6 reserves

Pole position: Brabham
Fastest lap: Clark in 1.56,8

Distance: 19 laps
Average speed: 135,89 kmh
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1965 Cars


Unfortunately this race was something of an anticlimax, thanks to the gigantic mix-up in the first corner. Jim Clark and Jack Sears in the works Cortinas made superb starts and got into Old Hall clear of the howling pack, which was lead by Roy Pierpoint's Mustang, Jack Brabham having muffed his start. Whether Pierpoint was nudged or not is not known, but his car went into a series of fish-tail slides in the corner which increased in amplitude. He was hit by at least four cars, the whole field telescoped, and the race virtually stopped. Six cars were off the track, and the Cortina drivers watching in their mirrors wondered if they would be the only competitors left in the race. Only one car failed to restart - the Mini Cooper of John Lewis which collected a severely concave near side. The damage caused to other cars involved in the concertina became apparent later in the race by the number of pit stops to check bodywork, and a few retirements with radiator leaks and suspension damage.
Jack Brabham extricated his big brute from the melee and went to the front during the second lap, and from there only Jim Clark could keep him in sight. Interest inevitably centred on the 1-litre class, in which Warwick Banks had to get his Mini into a higher position than that occupied by Pierpoint in the big class if he was to win the championship. Banks was under constant pressure from John Handley's Broadspeed Mini and the duel kept the interest alive to the end, when Banks got the decision by 0.2 sec.
However, Gawaine Baillie's retirement and Jack Brabham's subsequent exclusion left Roy Pierpoint with an unexpected class win and, it seems, the title. Brabham's Mustang was excluded due to the triple valve springs fitted were not shown on the homologation form.

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,
DSQ   114 Alan Brown Racing Ltd
Ford Mustang
Jack Brabham, AUS
4728 V8 D 19 laps, 37.16,6     1.55,2 Disqualified: valve springs
1 1 105 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 C 19 laps, 37.20,8     1.56,8  
2 2 106 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Sears, GB
1594 L4 C 19 laps, 37.59,2        
3 1 111 Weybridge Engineering Co. Ltd
Ford Mustang
Roy Pierpoint, GB
4728 V8 D 19 laps, 38.12,8        
4 3 101  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Newman, GB
1594 L4 C 19 laps, 38.48,4        
5 1 84 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 B 19 laps, 38.48,6     2.00,4  
6 2 91 Equipe Arden
Austin Mini Cooper S
Steve Neal, GB
1293 L4 B 19 laps, 39.18,2        
7 3 82 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1198 L4 B 18        
8 4 81 R. Trustram
Ford Anglia Super
Chris Craft, GB
1198 L4 B 18        
9 4 102 Curtis Smith Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Robin Smith, GB
1594 L4 C 18        
10 1 71 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Warwick Banks, GB
999 L4 A 18 laps, 38.44,8        
11 2 75 Team Broadspeed
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
John Handley, GB
999 L4 A 18        
12 5 96  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Tom H. Warburton, GB
1293 L4 B 18        
13 3 77 Vitafoam Developments
BMC Mini Cooper S 970
Bob Smith, GB
999 L4 A 17        
14 4 72 Babea Racing Team
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Jan-Erik Andreason, S
999 L4 A 17        
15 6 86  
Morris Mini Cooper S
Peter Clarke, GB
1275 L4 B 17        
16 5 108  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Harry E. O'Brian, GB
1594 L4 C 12        
DNF   107 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 C 7        
DNF   93  
Austin Mini Cooper S
John D. Lewis, GB
1293 L4 B 7       Accident
DNF   112 Gawaine Baillie
Ford Mustang
Gawaine Baillie, GB
4728 V8 D 15        
DNF   104 Farnborough Racing Enterprises
Ford Lotus Cortina
John Nicholson, GB
1594 L4 C 3        
DNF   88 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 L4 B 4        
DNF   76 Team Gulf Sweden
BMC Mini Cooper S 970
Johnny Lundberger, S
999 L4 A 4        
DNF   90 Team Broadspeed
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
1293 L4 B 5        
DNF   78 Alpha Power Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Harry Martin, GB
999 L4 A 11        
DNF   74 Don Moore
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Campbell-Cole, GB
999 L4 A 1        
DNF   89 J. Middlehurst & Sons
Austin Mini Cooper S
Phil Middlehurst, GB
1293 L4 B 12