7th March 2012

R.A.C BRITISH GRAND PRIX

ENTRY

A very large entry of mixed F.1 and F.2 cars comes together for the British round of the World Championship. The race is taking place on the Aintree circuit just a few miles north of Liverpool. The disappointing feature of this event is to be found in the absence of Ferrari.

The Commendatore has stated that a metal-worker's strike in Italy has prevented the red car's attendance. Thus the most prestigious race on the British calendar becomes little more than a national race; the presence of three red cars from Scuderia Centro Sud being the only cars entered from outside the British Isles. Two of the red cars are British too - Cooper T.51s with Maserati engines and driven by Ian Burgess and Hans Herrmann. The one and only foreign car in the race is the old Maserati 250.F to be handled by Fritz d'Orey.

The non-appearance of Ferrari leaves its drivers with a free weekend, except for Tony Brooks who will have a one-off drive in a modified version of the 1958 Vanwall. The car looks little changed from last season apart from a lower tail and next to the majority of the cars at Aintree it looks rather dated.

The remainder of the F.1 entry is made up from Coopers, Lotuses, B.R.Ms, Aston Martins and Brian Naylor in his eponymous J.B.W Maserati. The B.R.M factory has three cars for Bonnier, Schell and Flockhart with Stirling Moss opting for the British Racing Partnership's light green B.R.M. The usual three Cooper works cars will be driven by Brabham, Gregory and McLaren with Trintignant in Rob Walker's car. The Atkins Cooper Maserati is in the hands of Jack Fairman as Roy Salvadori is back in the rarely seen Aston Martin along with Carroll Shelby. Finally there are three Lotus 16s on the entry with Alan Stacey replacing Innes Ireland for this race, partnering regular driver Graham Hill. David Piper drives his bright green car in this race.

The Formula 2 entry consists of eleven cars, nine of which are Coopers with a lone Lotus 12 (Denis Taylor) and Mike Parkes in the Fry Climax bringing a tiny degree of variation to the proceedings. B.R.P have their two cars for Bueb and Bristow, Reg Parnell's team have his son Tim and Henry Taylor in their cars while there are also Coopers for Trevor Taylor, Mike Taylor, Greene, Ashdown and Bill Moss. The 30 cars will be whittled down to a starting grid of 24 and it is to be expected that the six cars that do not qualify will be F.2 cars, but which five WILL get in?

There will be three practice sessions to determine the starting grid for the 75 lap race.

1st PRACTICE

The first session threw up a few surprises, not least of which was that Stirling Moss was not fastest. The B.R.M has been such a dominant for this season, in Stirling's more than capable hands, that it is expected to appear at the head of the list at every session. But not at Aintree this time. In fact, Moss was down in 5th place while the two works cars of Bonnier and Schell headed the times. A surprise 3rd was Graham Hill who got the little Lotus flying and who pipped the quickest of the Coopers, that of Gregory, by almost half a second although he was a second and a half shy of the second B.R.M. Jack Brabham's Cooper did not go as well as it normally does and he was only 8th behind McLaren and Salvadori in the better of the Astons.

The Vanwall went quite nicely with Brooks getting it up to 14th while the two Borgward powered Coopers of Bueb and Bristow were easily the fastest of the F.2 cars in 11th and 16th positions respectively. Flockhart appeared to be struggling with the third works B.R.M and was only just in the top 24, slower even than Parkes with the one-off peculiarity that is the Fry. As forecast, six F.2 cars, all Coopers, were the non-qualifiers at this point.

2nd PRACTICE

FINAL PRACTICE

HERE IS THE FULL GRID ORDER FOR THE 75 LAP RACE:

   1.
10
J. BONNIER B.R.M Type 25
1. 59'68
   2.
16
B. MCLAREN COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 00'27
   3.
14
M. GREGORY COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 00'37
   4.
6
S. MOSS B.R.M Type 25
2. 00'44
   5.
18
M. TRINTIGNANT COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 00'83
   6.
8
H. SCHELL B.R.M Type 25
2. 00'83
   7.
12
J. BRABHAM COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 00'89
   8.
28
G. HILL LOTUS CLIMAX 16
2. 01'49
   9.
42
R. FLOCKHART B.R.M Type 25
2. 01'59
 10.
2
R. SALVADORI ASTON MARTIN DBR4/250
2. 02'28
 11.
4
C. SHELBY ASTON MARTIN DBR4/250
2. 02'85
 12.
64
D. PIPER LOTUS CLIMAX 16
2. 04'40
 13.
30
A. STACEY LOTUS CLIMAX 16
2. 04'42
 14.
48
C. BRISTOW COOPER BORGWARD T.45
2. 04'55
 15.
22
I. BURGESS COOPER MASERATI T.51
2. 04'76
 16.
38
J. FAIRMAN COOPER MASERATI T.45
2. 05'44
 17.
46
I. BUEB COOPER BORGWARD T.45
2. 05'47
 18.
20
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW,5
2. 05'65
 19.
36
B. NAYLOR J.B.W MASERATI
2. 05'84
 20.
58
H. TAYLOR COOPER CLIMAX T.45
2. 06'40
 21.
40
F. d'OREY MASERATI 250.F
2. 06'49
 22.
24
H. HERRMANN COOPER MASERATI T.51
2. 07'29
 23.
66
T. PARNELL COOPER CLIMAX T.45
2. 08'68
 24.
62
D. TAYLOR LOTUS CLIMAX 12
2. 09'32

THE RACE

HERE IS THE FULL RESULT OF THE 75 LAP RACE:

   1.
12
J. BRABHAM COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 34. 58'53
   2.
18
M. TRINTIGNANT COOPER CLIMAX T.51
2. 36. 04'02
   3.
16
B. MCLAREN COOPER CLIMAX T.51
74 laps
   4.
14
M. GREGORY COOPER CLIMAX T.51
74 laps
   5.
28
G. HILL LOTUS CLIMAX 16
73 laps
   6.
48
C. BRISTOW COOPER BORGWARD T.45
72 laps
   7.
38
J. FAIRMAN COOPER MASERATI T.45
72 laps
   8.
30
A. STACEY LOTUS CLIMAX 16
72 laps
   9.
66
T. PARNELL COOPER CLIMAX T.45
71 laps
 10.
40
F. d'OREY MASERATI 250.F
71 laps
 11.
24
H. HERRMANN COOPER MASERATI T.51
71 laps
 12.
36
B. NAYLOR J.B.W MASERATI
70 laps
 13.
62
D. TAYLOR LOTUS CLIMAX 12
69 laps

Fastest lap:   J. BRABHAM, COOPER CLIMAX T.51,   on lap 52,   2. 00'34

Retired:
 
46
I. BUEB COOPER BORGWARD T.45
58 laps
 
6
S. MOSS B.R.M Type 25
54 laps
 
64
D. PIPER LOTUS CLIMAX 16
53 laps
 
8
H. SCHELL B.R.M Type 25
34 laps
 
4
C. SHELBY ASTON MARTIN DBR4/250
31 laps
 
26
R. FLOCKHART B.R.M Type 25
26 laps
 
10
J. BONNIER B.R.M Type 25
13 laps
 
20
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW,5
13 laps
 
58
H. TAYLOR COOPER CLIMAX T.45
7 laps
 
2
R. SALVADORI ASTON MARTIN DBR4/250
6 laps
 
22
I. BURGESS COOPER MASERATI T.51
5 laps

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