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A fine victory for Jim Clark's V8 Lotus
Aintree, April 28th
This Aintree '200' saw the first corning-together of the majority of the 1962 works teams, the exception being Porsche, whose flat-eight engine is not yet racing. Ferrari sent two of the 1962 rear-engined cars fitted with last year's 120-deg engine for Phil Hill and Giancarlo Baghetti, Lotus brought the "chicken coup" V8 car which won at Snetterton and retired at Pau for Jim Clark and a 4-cylinder car for Trevor Taylor. Bowmaker-Yeoman brought their V8 Lola for Surtees and a 4-cylinder for Salvadori. While the Owen Organisation sent two V8s for Graham Hill and Richie Ginther, and Tony Marsh was under the works wing with his V8 engined 1961 car. The works Cooper team has no V8 engines yet so they entered only Bruce McLaren in a 1961 car with a 4-cylinder Mk II engine supplied by Tommy Atkins. UDT-Laystall sent 4-cylinder cars for Ireland and Masten Gregory, Moss being a regretted absentee, the space opposite his favourite number in the programme being marked withdrawn. Of the entries Jack Brabham had the car hastily prepared for Pau and more hastily prepared for Aintree with the ruined engine between Thursday and Saturday. Emeryson Cars, now financed by an American, had two cars for American sports car driver Tony Settember and John Campbell-Jones, Keith Greene had his Gilby, Wolfgang Seidel his Porsche and a varied collection of Lotuses were driven by Tony Shelly, Jay Chamberlain, Parnell, Bernard Collomb and Gunther Seifert, while the other Cooper in the race apart from McLaren's was the oddly shaped car of Ian Burgess. No less than ten Lotuses took part, a complete reversal of the old order in the 21/2-litre formula.