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Snetterton, Great-Britain

Date: 10/4/1965
Track length: 4.361 m
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Pole position: Pierpoint?
Fastest lap: Salmon in 1.46,8

Distance: 15 laps
Average speed: 144,06 kmh
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1965 Cars


The tyre battle was hotting up! As the saloon cars lined up for their 15 lap epic it was seen that , of the Ford Mustangs, Roy Pierpoint used Goodyear, Sir Gawaine Baillie used Firestone and Mike Salmon Dunlop tyres; the fourth member of the front row, Alan Hutcheson in Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson's ex-Alan Brown Ford Galaxie, had Goodyears. In the two litre class, the Team Lotus Cortinas used yellow spot Dunlop R7s, while the Willment car was shod with Goodyears. The works Minis, incidentally were fitted with green-spot Dunlop R6s.
It was Salmon who made the best start and, indeed, his Dawnay Racing/F English-entered Mustang was never to be headed. Hutcheson held second place for four laps, but then his engine blew in the biggest possible way past the pits and the Galaxie coasted to a halt at Riches. This is the second time Hutcheson has blown-up the Galaxie, having performed this feat practising for Brands Hatch in March. Pierpoint and Baillie were in third and fourth positions, the former, winner at Brands and Oulton, down on power as standard heads were fitted after a valve had dropped in practice.

For the third time running the works Lotus Cortinas were in trouble: Jim Clark and Jack Sears trailed the American cars for the first lap, but then Sears shunted Clark and had to stop at his pit for the bodywork to be straightened out. Then Clark was overhauled by Frank Gardner in the Willment Lotus Cortina; Gardner took Clark on the seventh lap and thereafter drew away. It seems that the new BRM-Lotus engines are slightly down on power on last year's twin-cam units, for Clark could not equal his old lap times. (The new Dunlop R7s were initially troublesome in F1 and this could also be a contributing factor).

The 1,300 cc and 1,000 cc classes comprised the usual phalanx of Minis, with John Anstead's Fiat Abarth 1000, just arrived from Italy, thrown in for good measure. At the end of the first lap Tony Lanfranchi in the Alexander car headed John Handley and John Rhodes in the Broadspeed and works car respectively, the three being virtually side-by-side. This couldn't last long and it came as no surprise when it was learned that Handley was pushed off involuntarily at the hairpin when the three tried to go through altogether. Lanfranchi spun at Sear, so losing sight of Rhodes, but still finished second to the enterprising Cooper driver. Less fortunate was Richard Cluley, who rolled his Mini into a ball at the hairpin, but escaped unhurt.

Rhode's team-mate Paddy Hopkirk had the job of "towing" Warwick Bank's 970S Mini with his 1275S car, making sure that none of the Banks’ rivals could get near. Gerry Marshall's Newtune Mini took a well deserved second place in the 1-litre class, keeping ahead of John Fitzpatrick's Broadspeed entry.

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 33 Daynay Racing/F. English Ltd
Ford Mustang
Mike Salmon, GB
4728 V8 D 15 laps, 27.14,8 3?   1.46,8  
2 2 34  
Ford Mustang
Roy Pierpoint, GB
4728 V8 D 15 laps, 27.23,2 1?      
3 3 32  
Ford Mustang
Gawaine Baillie, GB
4728 V8 D 15 laps, 27.41,2 2?      
4 1 44 Race Proved by Willment
Ford Lotus Cortina
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 C 15 laps, 27.47,0     1.49,8  
5 2 41 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 C 15 laps, 27.50,0        
6 3 42 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jack Sears, GB
1594 L4 C 15 laps, 28.48,6        
7 1 51 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 B 15 laps, 28.55,6        
8 4 46 Farnborough Racing Enterprises
Ford Lotus Cortina
John Nicholson, GB
1594 L4 C 15 laps, 29.19,0        
9 2 54 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 L4 B 14        
10 5 ?  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jacquie Bond-Smith, GB
1594 L4 C 14        
11 3 52 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Paddy Hopkirk, IRL
1293 L4 B 14        
12 4 60  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
1293 L4 B 14        
13 1 71 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Warwick Banks, GB
999 L4 A 14 laps, 28.02,2     1.58,6  
14 5 ?  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jim Sullivan
1293 L4 B 14        
15 6 59  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Michaelle Burns-Grieg, GB
1293 L4 B 14        
16 2 72 Newtune Ltd
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Gerry Marshall, GB
999 L4 A 14        
17 3 73 Team Broadspeed
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
John Fitzpatrick, GB
999 L4 A 14        
18 4 80 Cripspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Ken Costello, GB
999 L4 A 14        
19 5 75 Don Moore
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Campbell-Cole, GB
999 L4 A 14        
20 6 74 Automobile Racing Drivers’ School Ltd
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Anita Taylor, GB
999 L4 A 14        
    81 Radbourne Motors
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
John Anstead, GB
982 L4 A 14        
DNF   53 Team Broadspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Handley, GB
1293 L4 B       1.53,0 Accident
DNF   31 R.A. Buchanan-Michaelson
Ford Galaxie
Alan Hutcheson, GB
6997 V8 D   4     Blown Engine
DNF   61 Beta Cars Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Richard Cluley, GB
1293 L4 B         Accident
DNF   55 Vitafoam Developments
Austin Mini Cooper S
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1293 L4 B 14        
DNF   67 Vitafoam Developments
Austin Mini Cooper S
? Peter Harper, GB
? Brian Redman, GB
1293 L4 B 14       Engine