28 May 2014

British Grand Prix, 16 July 1960

Dedicated to Sir Jack Brabham.

The Cooper-Climax T53 F1 driven by Jack Brabham. Qualifying resulted in pole position for Brabham, a second faster than Graham Hill's BRM P48 with Bruce McLaren's Cooper T53 and Jo Bonnier's BRM P48 making it a balanced front row.
The start saw three cars stall; Hill for the second race running) and the two BRP Cooper T51s of Brooks and Henry Taylor.
McLaren was second on the first lap, but soon dropped behind Bonnier and the factory Lotus 18 of Innes Ireland; he then passed Bonnier to take second place. Hill drove a storming race from the back of the field and worked his way back, passing Ireland for second after 37 laps and setting off after Brabham. To the delight of the crowd, he caught him and on lap 55 took the lead. Further back, the Lotus 18 of John Surtees displaced Ireland for third place.
Hill had been suffering brake problems for some time and on lap 72 he spun at Copse Corner and retired from the race. Brabham took the lead and five laps later took the chequered flag, with Surtees and Ireland second and third for Team Lotus.

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