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Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
With the help of the Daily Mail the B.R.S.C.C. put on a Formula One race on the long circuit at Brands Hatch, which was the opening event of the International Calendar in Europe, and if it was a foretaste of what is to come then we are in for one of the best seasons of Grand Prix racing we are ever likely to see. All the British teams were out in force and Ferrari even sent a V8 car for Surtees to drive, so the race was significant and a pointer to the more important events later this season.
Weather conditions were superb on Friday morning for the first practice session and Clark stirred things up with a fastest lap of 1 min. 35.2 sec., running on 13-in. Goodyear racing tyres, this making the existing record of 1 min. 38.8 sec. look silly. His team-mate Mike Spence was backing him up well, being third fastest, just behind Graham Hill. Team Lotus had three Type 33 cars, one with an older Climax V8 engine with cross-over exhaust system and Goodyear tyres, and the other two on Dunlops with flat-crank engines and low-level exhaust pipes. B.R.M. also had three cars, all with the latest engines with the exhaust ports in the centre of the vee, but one car had a new 6-speed gearbox in which there was no step-down drive between the engine and gearbox. Unfortunately the engine went sick on this car, so Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart were using identical cars.