8th October 2013

GLOVER TROPHY RACE - Goodwood

GRAHAM WINS A GREAT RACE

ALTHOUGH STIRLING MOSS DID NOT LAST VERY LONG, THIS PROVED TO BE A TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING RACE WITH INNES IRELAND'S LOTUS AND JO BONNIER'S B.R.M BATTLING THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE 42 LAPS BUT GRAHAM HILL IN THE SECOND B.R.M WAS LURKING CLOSE BEHIND AND IT WAS THE LONDONER WHO FOUND TREMENDOUS SPEED OVER THE FINAL FEW LAPS, PASSING THE TWO AHEAD OF HIM TO TAKE A VERY POPULAR FIRST WIN FOR THE B.R.M TEAM AND THEIR NEW REAR-ENGINED CAR.

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ENTRY

For the first Formula 1 race in Europe a small but high quality entry of just 13 cars arrived at Goodwood for the 100 mile Glover Trophy race. Sadly but perhaps not surprisingly there were no cars from Italy although we are told that Ferrari will be sending cars to Silverstone for the International Trophy which comes up soon.

Rob Walker's team decided to concentrate on last year's T.51 Cooper for this race, leaving the new Lotus 18 back in Dorking. Stirling Moss was to drive the dark blue car. B.R.M will be three-car team this season. Jo Bonnier having been retained from last year is now partnered by Graham Hill from Lotus and Dan Gurney from Ferrari. All three were driving at Goodwood. Lotus will be entering three cars quite often, too, but for this race only Ireland and Stacey drove the rear-engined 18s. One other Lotus was present, one of last year's 16s, to be driven by its new owner Mike Taylor. For some reason, Jack Brabham did not appear although originally he was number 1 on the entry, so Bruce McLaren drove the sole T.53 lowline Cooper.

Three other T.51 Coopers were entered in addition to the Walker car. Chris Bristow and Harry Schell had the pale green and red Yeoman Credit cars while Roy Salvadori was entered in a Climax-powered car by Tommy Atkins' team. This seemed strange because Atkins normally seems to favour Maserati engines. Last year's Atkins Maserati-engined T.45 Cooper has passed across to Gilby Engineering for Keith Greene to drive. The other car in the entry was the Vanwall that Tony Brooks drove at Aintree last season, the big car looking utterly out of place among the small, sleek rear-engined cars. A new, lowline Vanwall is due to arrive shortly.

PRACTICE

It was obvious right from the start of practice that this was going to be a very competitive event indeed. B.R.Ms set the pace in the first session with Graham Hill setting the quickest time about half a seond ahead of Bonnier's sister car. Ireland and Mos s were close behind with Bristow's Cooper heading Gurney in the third B.R.M. Bruce McLaren had a difficult session with the Cooper not handling terribly well, leaving the young New Zealander languishing at the bottom of the list with only Taylor's old Lotus behind him.

Despite knocking half a second or so from his earlier time Graham Hill slipped down to 5th place on the grid. It was his Swedish team mate who set a blistering pace to grab pole position by just under half a second from Moss who was doing a magnificent job with the old Cooper. Innes Ireland completed the front row of the grid with the Lotus - its new narrower rear track seemingly improving the handling of the very quick little car. Dan Gurney actually lapped faster than Hill but Graham seemed content with his car's performance. The two Yeoman Credit cars were on row 3 with McLaren's improving works Cooper. Salvadori and Stacey were on row 4, the Lotus driver being the only one not to improve his time in the second session. Greene, Brooks and a tailed-off Taylor completed the grid.

HERE IS THE FULL GRID ORDER FOR THE 42 LAP RACE:

   1.
3
J. BONNIER B.R.M type 48
1.24'80
   2.
7
S. MOSS COOPER CLIMAX T.51
1.25'27
   3.
14
I. IRELAND LOTUS CLIMAX 18
1.25'90
   4.
4
D. GURNEY B.R.M type 48
1.26'10
   5.
5
G. HILL B.R.M type 48
1.26'48
   6.
9
C, BRISTOW COOPER CLIMAX T.51
1.27'11
   7.
8
H. SCHELL COOPER CLIMAX T.51
1.27'85
   8.
2
B. MCLAREN COOPER CLIMAX T.53
1.27'90
   9.
10
R. SALVADORI COOPER CLIMAX T.51
1.29'12
 10.
15
A. STACEY LOTUS CLIMAX 18
1.30'17
 11.
11
K. GREENE COOPER MASERATI T.45
1.30'42
 12.
6
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW.5
1.31'54
 13.
12
M. TAYLOR LOTUS CLIMAX 16
1.36'22
THE RACE

Innes Ireland made an excellent start and over the first few laps the Lotus pulled away from Bonnier, Gurney, Moss and Hill who were running within a few seconds of one another. It was obvious that no driver was able to get clear and the group, though spreading out a little, reeled in Ireland and Bonnier took the lead on lap 12. Sadly for everyone Stirling's engine stopped with some sort of electrical problem, leaving Ireland's Lotus to try to deal with the whole of the B.R.M team alone. By half distance Jo had eked out a lead of about 5 seconds but Innes came back at him and retook the lead on lap 31. Graham Hill had been pootling around behind Gurney and was some way behind the leader at half distance - 20 seconds adrift. Then suddenly the B.R.M came alive and Graham quickly passed Gurney and began setting extremely quick laps. With 10 laps to go he was a quarter of a minute behind the leader, Ireland, but such was his pace that he rapidly closed on and then overtook both Ireland, who slipped behind Bonnier as the Lotus handling faded - as usual - and then his own team mate who offered little resistance. Such was Hill's pace over the final few laps that he won by almost 5 seconds and on lap 40 set the fastest lap of the race, a full second quicker than Bonnier's pole position time. It was a stunning performance which really sets things up for a fascinating Grand Prix season.

Ireland was forced to ease off over the final laps but still finished a solid 3rd well ahead of Gurney who drove a sensible, controlled race to back up his faster - on this day, anyway - team mates. A 1-2-4 finish was beyond B.R.M's wildest dreams and the men from Bourne can't wait for Silverstone.

After Moss retired, Bristow and McLaren had a spirited battle over 5th place in which McLaren had the upper hand for over half the race but the older Cooper passed the newer one on lap 27 and pulled away. Behind McLaren came Stacey and Salvadori who finished fairly close together but a lap behind the winner. Schell slipped down to 9th following a poor start, the Franco-American finishing ahead of only Greene and Taylor. The Vanwall retired with brake troubles on lap 13, its absence barely being noticed.

HERE IS THE FULL RESULT OF THE 42 LAP RACE:

   1.
5
G. HILL B.R.M type 48
1.01.44'32
   2.
3
J. BONNIER B.R.M type 48
1.01.49'00
   3.
14
I. IRELAND LOTUS CLIMAX 18
1.02.00'00
   4.
4
D. GURNEY B.R.M type 48
1.02.20'43
   5.
9
C, BRISTOW COOPER CLIMAX T.51
1.03.10'31
   6.
2
B. MCLAREN COOPER CLIMAX T.53
1.03.25'56
   7.
15
A. STACEY LOTUS CLIMAX 18
41 laps
   8.
10
R. SALVADORI COOPER CLIMAX T.51
41 laps
   9.
8
H. SCHELL COOPER CLIMAX T.51
41 laps
 10.
11
K. GREENE COOPER MASERATI T.45
41 laps
 11.
12
M. TAYLOR LOTUS CLIMAX 16
40 laps

Fastest lap:   G. HILL, B.R.M P.45,   on lap 40,   1.23'73

Retired:
6
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW.5
12 laps
7
S. MOSS COOPER CLIMAX T.51
8 laps

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