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1967 Belgian Grand Prix

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Date  18 June 1967
Course length  14.120 km (8.770 mi)
1967 Belgian Grand Prix
Official name  XIII Grote Prijs Van Belgie
Location  Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Course  Permanent racing circuit
Distance  28 laps, 395.36 km (245.56 mi)

The 1967 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 18 June 1967. It was the fourth round of the 1967 Formula One season. The 28-lap race was won by Eagle driver Dan Gurney after he started from second position. Jackie Stewart finished second for the BRM team and Ferrari driver Chris Amon came in third.

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Race report

Jim Clark led off the grid from pole position and maintained that position for the first 11 laps and was 20 seconds ahead of Jackie Stewart and Dan Gurney when he had to come into the pits for a plug change, which cost him two minutes. Stewart built up a comfortable lead, helped even further when Gurney had to come into the pits with fuel pressure problems, losing another 20 seconds. However, it was now Stewart's time for mechanical problems as his gearshift was faltering. Gurney set a new lap record to catch and pass him 8 laps from the end and gain a maiden victory for the beautiful magnesium and titanium Eagle car. The light weight and advanced aerodynamics of the car made it very fast, and Gurney shattered Tony Brooks' record Grand Prix average of 143 mph (set some 8 years earlier) on his way to victory. The Eagle was timed at 196 mph on the back straight, an extraordinary speed for a car with an engine producing (at that time) something less than 400 h.p.

Mike Parkes had a horrendous crash on the first lap at the exit of Blanchimont after losing control (on oil spilled from Stewart's BRM) and broke both legs. He never raced in Formula One again.

Championship standings after the race

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • References

    1967 Belgian Grand Prix Wikipedia


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