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“Reflections: ‘Brabham reigns in the rain – 1967 Canadian Grand Prix (Rd 8)'”

June 14, 2013

After running non-championship Grand Prix under sportscar rules for six years at Mosport Park, the Canadian Grand Prix had its bid to become a World Championship event in 1967 accepted.

The race, measuring in at 90 laps, remained at the fast and sweeping Mosport Park; its 2.46 mile length bent and skewered out of shape by hills, dips and crests to test the brave, courageous and mad. But then again, that was the nature of Formula One at the time…

Following the previous round at the Nordschleife, Danny Hulme led the standings with 37 points; 12 clear of reigning champion and team boss Jack Brabham, with Scottish maestro Jim Clark an additional six points adrift.

Almost as per usual Clark secured pole position with a best of 1:22.4s in his Ford Cosworth-powered Lotus 49 and while it was clear the 49 was super quick – it won on its Grand Prix debut at Zandvoort at the hands of Clark – the unreliability of the DFV power unit rendered Clark’s championship challenge inert at the two-thirds mark of the season.

Clark’s Lotus teammate Graham Hill reminded the assembled of the 49’s prowess by taking 2nd on the grid, ahead of Hulme (Brabham-Repco), Chris Amon (Ferrari) and Dan Gurney (Eagle-Weslake). McLaren and Brabham were next up in their own respective cars, while relative new boys Jochen Rindt (Cooper) and Jackie Stewart (BRM) assumed 8th and 9th respectively.
Mike Spence made it two BRM’s in the top ten, although the British squad – now one year into a dip in form – would not present too much of a threat to the frontrunners. T=Meanwhile the much talented Jo Siffert, driving a Maserati-powered Cooper, failed to qualify.

The host nation was represented by two of its own on the grid – Eppie Wietzes and Al Pease; both of whom were making the Formula One debuts.
Although neither would enjoy large scale international success by any stretch of the imagination, the pair became relatively big names in Canadian motorsport, with Wietzes especially having success in Formula 5000 and Trans-Am.

Beyond the occasional blip in its history, the Canadian Grand Prix remains a permanent fixture on the Grand Prix calendar and today boasts some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans in Formula One.

1967 Canadian Grand Prix (Rd 6, Qualifying, August 26th)
Pos Driver            Team     Time
 1. Jim Clark         Lotus    1:22.4
 2. Graham Hill       Lotus    1:22.7
 3. Denny Hulme       Brabham  1:23.2
 4. Chris Amon        Ferrari  1:23.3
 5. Dan Gurney        Eagle    1:23.4
 6. Bruce McLaren     McLaren  1:23.5
 7. Jack Brabham      Brabham  1:24.7
 8. Jochen Rindt      Cooper   1:24.9
 9. Jackie Stewart    BRM      1:25.4
10. Mike Spence       BRM      1:25.8
11. Chris Irwin       BRM      1:26.0
12. David Hobbs       BRM      1:26.2
13. Richard Attwood   Cooper   1:27.1
14. Jo Bonnier        Cooper   1:27.3
15. Alan Pease        Eagle    1:30.1
16. Eppie Wietzes     Lotus    1:30.8
17. Mike Fisher       Lotus    1:31.9
Did Not Qualify
18. Jo Siffert        Cooper   1:26.6
19. Tom Jones         Cooper   1:51.9

1967 Canadian Grand Prix (Rd 6, August 27th; 90 laps)
Pos Driver                     Team                         Time / Gap
 1. Jack Brabham           Brabham-Repco            2:40:40.0s
 2. Denny Hulme            Brabham-Repco             +01:01.9s
 3. Dan Gurney             Eagle-Weslake                +1 lap   
 4. Graham Hill            Lotus-Ford                  +2 laps 
 5. Mike Spence            B.R.M.                      +3 laps  
 6. Chris Amon             Ferrari                     +3 laps  
 7. Bruce McLaren          McLaren-B.R.M.              +4 laps  
 8. Jo Bonnier             Cooper-Maserati             +5 laps  
 9. David Hobbs            B.R.M.                      +5 laps  
10. Richard Attwood        Cooper-Maserati             +6 laps  
11. Mike Fisher            Lotus-B.R.M.                +9 laps  
Not Classified: 
    Alan Pease             Eagle-Climax               +43 laps
Disqualified: 
    Eppie Wietzes          Lotus-Ford                 +21 laps (Disqualified)
Retirements: 
    Jim Clark              Lotus-Ford                 +21 laps (Ignition)
    Jackie Stewart         B.R.M.                     +25 laps (Throttle)
    Chris Irwin            B.R.M.                     +72 laps (Spun Out)
    Jochen Rindt           Cooper-Maserati            +86 laps (Ignition)
Fastest Lap: 
    Jim Clark              Lotus                        1:23.1 (lap 54)
World Drivers’ Championship points standings (Rd 8) 
Pos Driver           Points
 1. Denny Hulme      43
 2. Jack Brabham     34
 3. Chris Amon       20
 4. Jim Clark        19
 5. Pedro Rodríguez  14

Constructors’ Championship points standings (Rd 8) 
Pos Team             Points
 1. Brabham          51
 2. Lotus            22
 3. Cooper           21 
 4. Ferrari          20
 5. Eagle            13
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