1961 Guards Trophy

1961 Guards Trophy
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season 22
Brands Hatch 1960-1975.svg
Race details
Date 7 August 1961
Official name 1961 Guards Trophy
Location Brands Hatch, Kent
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.265 km (2.650 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 324.14 km (201.41 mi)
Weather Dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Cooper-Climax
Time 1:37.4
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Time 1:40.2
First Cooper-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third BRM
Motor car race

The Guards Trophy was an Intercontinental Formula motor race held on 7 August 1961 at Brands Hatch Circuit. The race was run over 76 laps of the circuit, and was won by Australian driver Jack Brabham in a Cooper T53-Climax. Brabham lapped the entire field. Jim Clark in a Lotus 18-Climax was second and Graham Hill in a BRM P48 was third. Bruce McLaren in another T53 set fastest lap and finished fourth. Stirling Moss qualified in pole position but retired with gearbox problems.[1][2]

This was the final Intercontinental Formula race. The formula had been overshadowed by the new 1.5 litre Formula One championship[3] and was quietly abandoned.


Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 2 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham Racing Organisation Cooper T53-Climax 2:10:53.6 5
2 16 United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus 18-Climax +1 lap 7
3 28 United Kingdom Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM P48 +1 lap 4
4 4 New Zealand Bruce McLaren C.T. Atkins Cooper T53-Climax +1 lap 2
5 6 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T53-Climax +2 laps 8
6 40 Australia Lex Davison Ecurie Australie Aston Martin DBR4 +5 laps 13
7 30 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati +42 laps 16
Ret. 26 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Owen Racing Organisation BRM P48 51 laps, throttle linkage 10
Ret. 14 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Team Lotus Lotus 18-Climax 34 laps, gearbox 6
Ret. 20 United States Dan Gurney UDT-Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21-Climax 26 laps, gearbox 9
Ret. 22 United Kingdom Bruce Halford S.J. Diggory (Motors) Ltd. Lotus 18-Climax 26 laps, crown wheel 14
Ret 34 United Kingdom Brian Naylor JBW Cars JBW-Maserati 25 laps, oil pressure 15
Ret. 12 United Kingdom Stirling Moss R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T53-Climax 23 laps, gearbox 1
Ret. 32 Italy Massimo Natili Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper T51-Maserati 19 laps, clutch 17
Ret. 8 United Kingdom John Surtees Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T53-Climax 19 laps, crash 3
Ret. 36 United Kingdom Tony Marsh Fred Tuck Cars Cooper T45-Climax 9 laps, brake pipe 12
Ret. 18 United States Masten Gregory UDT-Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21-Climax 5 laps, crash 11
DNA 10 Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper
DNA 24 United States Chuck Daigh Reventlow Automobiles Ltd. Scarab-Meyer-Drake Driver injured, car not repaired
DNA 38 United Kingdom Tommy Weber G.R. Pennington Tec-Mec-Maserati


  1. ^ "Guards Trophy 1961". Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  2. ^ "Brabham wins Guards Trophy". Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  3. ^ "Brands Hatch – Inter-Continental". Retrieved 2022-08-15.

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