The 1961 South African Grand Prix was a non-championship race run on December 26, at the Prince George Circuit at East London.

Background[edit | edit source]


Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 1961 South African Grand Prix is outlined below, arranged by car number:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 21 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
2 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 21 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
3 South Africa Syd van der Vyver South Africa Privateer Lotus 18 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
4 West Germany Edgar Barth West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 D
5 Sweden Jo Bonnier West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 D
6 United States Masten Gregory United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
8 South Africa Tony Maggs United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T53 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
9 South Africa Bruce Johnstone United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T56 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
10 South Africa Ernie Pieterse South Africa Scuderia Alfa Heron Special Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
11 South Africa Doug Serrurier South Africa Scuderia Lupini LDS Mk1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
12 South Africa Doug Serrurier South Africa Scuderia Lupini Cooper T51 Maserati 6-1500 L4 1.5 D
14 South Africa Don Philp South Africa Privateer Quodra 1 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
15 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Privateer LDS Mk1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
16 South Africa Helmut Menzler South Africa Ecurie Wolman Lotus 18 Borgward 1500 RS L4 1.5 D
17 South Africa Dave Wright South Africa Privateer Cooper T45 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
18 South Africa Clive Trundell South Africa Privateer Cooper T52 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
19 South Africa Bruce Jennings South Africa Privateer Jennings Mk1 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 D
20 South Africa Fanie Viljoen South Africa G.E. Mennie LDS Mk1 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
21 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love South Africa A.H. Pillman LDS Mk1 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 D
22 South Africa Bob van Niekerk South Africa Equipe Judette Lotus 18 Ford 109E L4 1.5 D
23 South Africa Adrian Pheiffer South Africa Privateer Cooper T52 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
24 South Africa Bill Dunlop South Africa Privateer Cooper T45 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
25 South Africa John Guthrie South Africa Ecurie Rhodes Cooper T51 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D
26 South Africa Bernard Podmore South Africa Privateer Lotus 18 Ford 109E L4 1.5 D
27 South Africa Gene Bosman South Africa Scuderia Alfa Lotus 15 Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5 D

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 1961 South African Grand Prix is outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 1:33.9
2 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 1:34.1 +0.2s
3 2 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 1:34.2 +0.3s
4 5 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 1:34.6 +0.7s
5 6 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 1:35.4 +1.5s
6 8 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 1:36.4 +2.5s
7 4 West Germany Edgar Barth Porsche 1:37.4 +3.5s
8 3 South Africa Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 1:37.6 +3.7s
9 10 South Africa Ernie Pieterse Heron-Alfa Romeo 1:40.0 +6.1s
10 23 South Africa Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:40.5 +6.6s
11 14 South Africa Don Philp Quodra-Climax 1:40.6 +6.7s
12 12 South Africa Doug Serrurier Cooper-Maserati 1:40.7 +6.8s
13 20 South Africa Fanie Viljoen LDS-Climax 1:41.0 +7.1s
14 16 South Africa Helmut Menzler Lotus-Borgward 1:41.6 +7.7s
15 15 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 1:41.7 +7.8s
16 22 South Africa Bob van Niekerk Lotus-Ford 1:42.9 +9.0s
17 19 South Africa Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche 1:43.1 +9.2s
18 26 South Africa Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford 1:45.7 +11.8s
19 25 South Africa John Guthrie Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:45.9 +12.0s
20 27 South Africa Gene Bosman Lotus-Alfa Romeo 1:46.4 +12.5s
21 17 South Africa Dave Wright Cooper-Climax 1:46.7 +12.8s
22 18 South Africa Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax 1:47.6 +13.7s
23 24 South Africa Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo 1:52.1 +18.2s
DNS 9 South Africa Bruce Johnstone Cooper-Climax Accident
WD 11 South Africa Doug Serrurier LDS-Alfa Romeo Drove #12
WD 21 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love LDS-Porsche Withdrew

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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1 ______________
Jim Clark 2 ______________
Stirling Moss 3
Trevor Taylor
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4 ______________
Jo Bonnier 5
Masten Gregory
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6 ______________
Tony Maggs 7 ______________
Edgar Barth 8
Syd van der Vyver
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9 ______________
Ernie Pieterse 10
Adrian Pheiffer
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11 ______________
Don Philp 12 ______________
Doug Serrurier 13
Fanie Viljoen
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14 ______________
Helmut Menzler 15
Sam Tingle
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16 ______________
Bob van Niekerk 17 ______________
Bill Jennings 18
Bernard Podmore
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19 ______________
John Guthrie 20
Gene Bosman
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21 ______________
Dave Wright 22 ______________
Clive Trundell 23
Bill Dunlop

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

The full results for the 1961 South African Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Entreat Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 2:06:49.2 1
2 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax + 15.7 s 2
3 5 Sweden Jo Bonnier Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 79 laps 4
4 6 South Africa Tony Maggs United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 79 laps 6
5 4 Germany Edgar Barth Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 78 laps 7
6 3 South Africa Syd van der Vyver South Africa Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 77 laps 8
7 12 South Africa Doug Serrurier South Africa Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati 77 laps 12
8 15 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo 76 laps 15
9 22 South Africa Bob van Niekerk South Africa Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 76 laps 16
10 16 South Africa Helmut Menzler South Africa Ecurie Wolman Lotus-Borgward 75 laps 14
11 23 South Africa Adrian Pheiffer South Africa Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo 75 laps 10
12 19 South Africa Bill Jennings South Africa Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche 71 laps 17
13 25 South Africa John Guthrie South Africa Ecurie Rhodes Cooper-Alfa Romeo 71 laps 19
14 14 South Africa Don Philp South Africa Don Philp Quodra-Climax 70 laps 11
15 17 South Africa Dave Wright South Africa Dave Wright Cooper-Climax 65 laps 21
Ret 20 South Africa Fanie Viljoen South Africa G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax Engine 13
Ret 24 South Africa Bill Dunlop South Africa Bill Dunlop Cooper-Alfa Romeo Engine 23
Ret 27 South Africa Gene Bosman South Africa Scuderia Alfa Lotus-Alfa Romeo Accident 20
Ret 18 South Africa Clive Trundell South Africa Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax Ignition 22
Ret 2 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Radiator 3
Ret 6 United Kingdom Masten Gregory United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax Break pipe 5
Ret 10 South Africa Ernie Pieterse South Africa Scuderia Alfa Heron-Alfa Romeo Gearbox 9
Ret 26 South Africa Bernard Podmore South Africa Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford Con-rod 18
DNS 9 South Africa Bruce Johnstone United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Accident during practice
WD 21 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love South Africa A.H. Phillman LDS-Porsche
WD 11 South Africa Doug Serrurier South Africa Scuderia Alfa LDS-Alfa Romeo[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Did not drive this car during the race, but driven a Cooper-Maserati car.
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