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22px-Flag of the United Kingdom  1966 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 9 in the 1966 Formula One season
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1960-1975
Date 16 July 1966
Official name XVIV RAC British Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch
Kent, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.26 km (2.65 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 80 laps, 341.18 km (212.00 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Wet, drying later
Pole position
Driver 25px-AustraliaFLAG Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Time 1:34.5
Fastest lap
Driver 25px-AustraliaFLAG Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Time 1:37.0
Podium
First 25px-AustraliaFLAG Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco
Second 25px-Newzealandflag Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM

The 1966 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on July 16, 1966. It was the fourth round of the 1966 World Championship. It was the 21st British Grand Prix and the second to be held at Brands Hatch. It was held over 80 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 341 kilometres.

The race, the first of the new three-litre engine regulation era where starters reached 20 cars, was won for the third time by Australian driver Jack Brabham in his Brabham BT19, his second win in succession after winning the French Grand Prix two weeks earlier. New Zealand driver Denny Hulme finished second in his Brabham BT20, a first 1–2 win for the Brabham team. The pair finished a lap ahead of third placed British driver Graham Hill in his BRM P261.

Brabham's win put him ten points clear in the championship chase over Austrian Cooper racer Jochen Rindt with Hulme and Ferrari's Lorenzo Bandini a point further back.

Race summaryEdit

Brabham and Hill duelled at the start, until rain storms arrived on the circuit. Whilst Brabham maintained his lead, Rindt who had changed to rain tyres was catching him rapidly, whilst John Surtees in the Cooper was in third, well clear of the rest of the field. Hill and Jim Clark then battled for second and third until Clark pitted and then Hulme took over second place. As the rain dried, Rindt fell back. Surtees and Hill retired with mechanical problems, leaving Clark in fourth. Brabham duly led home team-mate Hulme, Hill, Clark, Rindt and Bruce McLaren.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 25px-AustraliaFLAG Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 80 2:13:13.4 1 9
2 6 25px-Newzealand flag Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco 80 + 9.6 2 6
3 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 79 + 1 lap 4 4
4 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 79 + 1 lap 5 3
5 11 22px-Flag of Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 79 + 1 lap 7 2
6 14 25px-Newzealand flag Bruce McLaren McLaren-Serenissima 78 + 2 laps 13 1
7 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Chris Irwin Brabham-Climax 78 + 2 laps 12
8 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Taylor Brabham-BRM 76 + 4 laps 16
9 25 USAflagsmall Bob Bondurant BRM 76 + 4 laps 14
10 19 22px-Flag of France Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati 75 + 5 laps 17
11 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Chris Lawrence Cooper-Ferrari 73 + 7 laps 19
NC 21 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 70 Not Classified 10
NC 20 20px-Flag of Switzerland Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 70 Not Classified 11
Ret 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Maserati 67 Transmission 6
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Sweden Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax 42 Clutch 15
Ret 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Arundell Lotus-BRM 32 Gearbox 20
Ret 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 17 Engine 8
Ret 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-BRM 15 Oil Leak 9
Ret 16 USAflagsmall Dan Gurney Eagle-Climax 9 Engine 3
Ret 23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Shannon-Climax 0 Engine 18

Notes Edit

  • Pole position: Jack Brabham – 1:34.5
  • Fastest Lap: Jack Brabham – 1:37.0
  • Ferrari did not participate this grand prix weekend to honor a metalworkers strike in Italy.
  • First points for McLaren

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Jack Brabham 21
1uparrow green.svg 3 2 22px-Flag of Austria Jochen Rindt 11
1uparrow green.svg 5 3 25px-Newzealand flag Denny Hulme 10
1downarrow red.svg 2 4 22px-Flag of Italy Lorenzo Bandini 10
1downarrow red.svg 2 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom John Surtees 9
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1uparrow green.svg 1 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brabham-Repco 21
1downarrow red.svg 1 2 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 21
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BRM 13
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati 11
1uparrow green.svg 1 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 3
  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit



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1966 French Grand Prix
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