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1965 Sebring 12 Hours

Saturday, March 27, 1965
Race winner:
Round:
2
Laps:
196
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Hall, 2m59.3
Country:
United States
Circuit:
1965 season:
Report

From the Motor Sport archive.

March 27th

The organisers of the annual American king-distance classic made themselves rather unpopular with certain parts of Europe, by allowing unlimited capacity sports cats into the race that is normally for Prototype GT ears and homologated GT cars. However, this stand against the F.I.A paid off, for it produced an all-American win by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp in a Chevrolet-powered Chaparral built by Hall, with a lot of technical know-how provided by General Motors. In second place was the Shelby-American-entered Ford CT coupe of McLaren/Miles, another Detroit-sponsored car, while in third place was the privately-owned Ferrari 275LM of David Piper, assisted by Tony Maggs, a most praiseworthy effort by a true private owner.

There was the very large entry of 66 cars, which meant that at Least 132 drivers were required, and it really is impossible to assemble that number of competent racing drivers, especially when many of the cars possessed 300 b.h.p or more, with the result that there were a number of crashes during the event; a tropical storm during the race did not help matters.

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