1968 South African Grand Prix
|1968 South African Grand Prix|
The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
|Date||1 January 1968|
|Official name||2nd AA Grand Prix of South Africa|
|Location||Kyalami, Midrand, Transvaal Province, South Africa|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.104 km (2.550 mi)|
|Distance||80 laps, 328.320 km (204.009 mi)|
|Weather||Very hot, dry|
|Time||1:23.7 on lap 73|
The 1968 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on Monday 1 January 1968. It was race 1 of 12 in both the 1968 World Championship of Drivers and the 1968 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 80-lap race was won by two time World Drivers' Champion and 1965 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Clark for Lotus-Ford after starting from pole position. The race is significant as not only the last Formula One race to be won by Clark, but also the last in which he ever competed, due to his fatal crash at the Hockenheimring in Germany three months later. At this race Team Gunston became the first Formula One team to paint their cars in the livery of their sponsors when they entered a private Brabham for John Love.
The first six slots on the grid were filled by either previous or future world champions. However the reigning champion, Denny Hulme, only started in ninth.
Clark broke many records during the weekend, such as leading the most Grands Prix (43), having the most laps led (1,943), having the most perfect weekends (11), achieving the most pole positions (33) and finally achieving 25 race wins, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's 11-year-old record.
|2||5||Graham Hill||Lotus-Ford||80||+ 25.3||2||6|
|3||3||Jochen Rindt||Brabham-Repco||80||+ 30.4||4||4|
|4||8||Chris Amon||Ferrari||78||+ 2 Laps||8||3|
|5||1||Denny Hulme||McLaren-BRM||78||+ 2 Laps||9||2|
|6||21||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra-Ford||77||+ 3 Laps||18||1|
|7||19||Jo Siffert||Cooper-Maserati||77||+ 3 Laps||16|
|8||7||John Surtees||Honda||75||+ 5 Laps||6|
|9||17||John Love||Brabham-Repco||75||+ 5 Laps||17|
|NC||23||Jackie Pretorius||Brabham-Climax||71||+ 9 Laps||23|
|Ret||6||Dan Gurney||Eagle-Weslake||58||Oil Leak||12|
|Ret||9||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari||51||Oil Leak||11|
|Ret||25||Basil van Rooyen||Cooper-Climax||22||Engine||20|
|Ret||11||Pedro Rodríguez||BRM||20||Fuel System||10|
|Ret||10||Andrea de Adamich||Ferrari||13||Accident||7|
|Ret||12||Mike Spence||BRM||7||Fuel System||14|
|Ret||14||Brian Redman||Cooper-Maserati||4||Oil Leak||21|
|Ret||15||Ludovico Scarfiotti||Cooper-Maserati||2||Water Pipe||15|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Last race: Brabham BT11
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