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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace, London, Great-Britain

Date: 30/5/1966
Track length: 2.237 m
Entries accepted: 16 + 3 reserve (A), 15 (B)
Starters: 10 (B)

Pole position: Young in 1.04,4 (A), Arundell in 1.02,6 (B)
Fastest lap: Young in 1.04,8 (A), Pierpoint in 1.02,6 (B)

Distance: 15 laps
Average speed: 121,70 kmh (A), 125,33 kmh (B)
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 5
Car info: 1966 Cars


Race A
Mike Young made the running in his Superspeed 1200 Anglia, team mate Chris Craft having been put out at the start when his car locked in first gear and later overheating. After the start Young had pulled out a useful lead over John Rhodes in the works 1275 Mini-Cooper S which in turn was a few lengths ahead of a group which comprised the Mini Cooper Ss of Tony Lanfranchi, Gordon Spice and Harry Ratcliffe. This little group in turn were being pressed by the 1000 cc class leader John Fitzpatrick in his Broadspeed Anglia. Spice and Lanfranchi were enjoying some side by side rubber burning exercises until a brakeless Ratcliffe shunted the Yorkshire driver up the rear, sending him off backwards at North Tower and leaving Spice in an unchallenged third place. When leader Mike Young lost a wheel, Rhodes inherited the lead and went on to take the flag six seconds ahead of Spice. John Fitzpatrick had a tremendous battle with his last year's team mate, John Handley who was in the second of the works Mini Cooper Ss. Fitz led most of the way but he eventually let Handley by to finish 0.2 seconds behind - not bad for 1000 cc. Anita Taylor had been holding her own in the second 1000 cc Broadspeed Anglia although hard pressed by Bill McGovern in the leading Imp. Towards the end McGovern slipped by on the inside of Ramp Bend to snatch second place in the class.

Race B
The big saloon car race was robbed of some of its spectacle as Brian Muir had shunted the 7-litre Galaxie in practice and wasn't competing. Roy Pierpoint led away in his unsupercharged Falcon, which is now fitted with Webers while behind him, all crossed up and obviously enjoying himself, came Peter Arundell in the fuel-injected works Lotus Cortina. These two indulged in some breath-stopping cornering until the Lotus Cortina went out with a blown head gasket, leaving Roy to an unchallenged first place. Mike Salmon held third place for the first lap but by second time round, Jack Brabham in the Alan Brown Mustang and Jacky Ickx in the second works Cortina were by him. Salmon fell back, his Mustang having blown both head gaskets and was later gobbled up by Sir Gawaine Baillie's charged Falcon at half distance.
Jacky Ickx and Brabham put on an exciting show, both obviously enjoying the race. Jacks' car is back on straight fuel injection, the services of the supercharger having been dispensed with. Roy Pierpoint, the reigning British Saloon Car Champion, cantered home to victory 5.2 seconds ahead of Brabham and Ickx who finished nose to tail. Paul Hawkins had the crowd on their feet at South Tower with his antics in the Willment Lotus Cortina with which he managed a second place in his class. Bill Bradley in his fuel injected Triumph 2000 stayed with Hawkins all the way to finish third in his class.

Saloon Car Race A: Class A-B
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 41 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1293 L4 B 15 laps, 16.32,6 4 1.04,6    
2 2 47 Gordon Spice
Morris Mini Cooper S
Gordon Spice, GB
1293 L4 B 15 laps, 16.38,8 7 1.05,8    
3 3 42 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Handley, GB
1293 L4 B 15 laps, 16.53,4 8 1.05,8    
4 1 56 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick, GB
997 L4 A 15 laps, 16.53,6 6 1.05,6    
5 2 54 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 15 laps, 17.06,4 9 1.07,0    
6 3 57 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor, GB
997 L4 A 15 laps, 17.08,4 11 1.07,2    
7 4 53 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
998 L4 A 15 laps, 18.09,0 10 1.07,2    
8 5 52 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan, GB
998 L4 A 15 laps, 18.11,2 12 1.07,8    
DNF   58 Radbourne Racing
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
Andrew Mylius, GB
982 L4 A   14 1.08,8    
DNF   44 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 L4 B 7 2 1.04,6   Accident
DNF   43 Vitafoam Developments
Morris Mini Cooper S
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1293 L4 B 8 5 1.05,6   Brakes, accident
DNF   49 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1298 L4 B 10 1 1.04,4 1.04,8 Lost wheel
DNF   48 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia Super
Chris Craft, GB
1298 L4 B 2 3 1.04,6   Overheating
DNF   59 Colin Mynott
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Clarke, GB
999 L4 A 13 13 1.08,8   3rd reserve
DNS?   50 Higham Advertising
Austin Mini Cooper S
Bill Cooper, GB
1293 L4 B   15 1.09,2   1st reserve
DNS?   51  
Austin Mini Cooper S
David Buckett, GB
1293 L4 B   16 1.11,4   2nd reserve
DNS   55 Roger Nathan Racing
Hillman Imp
Roger Nathan, GB
998 L4 A   (13)      

Saloon Car Race B: Class C-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 63  
Ford Falcon Sprint
Roy Pierpoint, GB
4728 s/c? V8 D 15 laps, 16.03,8 2 1.03,2 1.02,6  
2 2 65 Alan Brown
Ford Mustang
Jack Brabham, AUS
4728 V8 D 15 laps, 16.09,0 5 1.04,6    
3 3 73 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jacky Ickx, B
1594 L4 C 15 laps, 16.09,6 4 1.04,0    
4 3 64 Gawaine Baillie
Ford Falcon Sprint
Gawaine Baillie, GB
4728 s/c V8 D   3 1.03,8    
5 4 66 Viscount Downe
Ford Mustang
Mike Salmon, GB
4728 V8 D   6 1.04,6    
6 2 62 Race Proved by Willment
Ford Lotus Cortina
Paul Hawkins, AUS
1594 L4 C   7 1.05,8    
7 3 71 W. Bradley
Triumph 2000
Bill Bradley, GB
1998 L6 C   8 1.06,0    
8 4 77 Autocadia Racing
Ford Lotus Cortina
Brian Newton, GB
1594 L4 C   9 1.06,4    
    67 Rackham Motors
Ford Mustang
Ted Savory, GB
4728 V8 D   11 1.09,4    
Ford Lotus Cortina
R. Burton, GB
1594 L4 C   12 1.09,8    
DNF   72 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Peter Arundell, GB
1594 L4 C 7 1 1.02,6   Head gasket
DNF   76 Curtis Smith Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Robin Smith, GB
1594 L4 C 4 10 1.08,2    
DNS   61 Race Proved by Willment
Ford Galaxie
Brian Muir, AUS
6997 V8 D         Accident