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Another Cooper F1 Victory
August Bank Holiday witnessed a great exodus from the Metropolis to Brands Hatch for the first car race meeting on the extended 2.05-mile circuit. A crowd of 60,000 is said to have attended, proof of Brands Hatch's popularity but underlining the inadequacy of its exits.
The day's racing opened with the 10-lap Wrotham Trophy Race for GT cars, which Sears couldn't help winning at a noisy canter in the Equipe Endeavour Aston Martin DB4GT. He averaged 77.56 mph, made fastest lap at. 78.97 mph, and was followed home by Parkes' Elite and Gibson's 3.8 XK120. Class winners were Sears, McCowen (AC-Bristol), Parkes, and Bill Moss, whose Marcos (see page 634 last month) led home the Sprite opposition, of which the Healey entry easily beat the Speedwell. Webb's Jensen only survived a lap, likewise Warner's Elite and Foster's twin-cam MG didn't go the distance, while Venner-Pack had an accident in the Speedwell Sprite.