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Joseph Siffert's day
Siracusa, Sicily, April 4th.
As a change from last year the weather was blazing hot for the XIV Gran Premio Siracusa, and the organisers attracted a representative entry of works cars, private teams and independents. SEFAC Ferrari sent two V8 cars for Surtees to choose from and a flat 12-cylinder car for Bandini, while Team Lotus sent two Type 33 cars, one with a normal Coventry-Climax V8 engine for Clark, and a flat crank low-level exhaust pipe engine for Spence. The Parnell team had their two Lotus 25 cars with B.R.M. engines for Hailwood and Ireland, and Rob Walker's team entered Bonnier with their Brabham-Climax V8 and Siffert with his own Brabham-B.R.M. V8, but running under the sponsorship of Walker, the car painted the familiar blue with white nose band. The B.P.-supported Centro-Sud team had their three ex-works space-frame B.R.M. cars running, with Gregory, Scarfiotti and Businello driving. The rest of the entry was made up with private owners, these being Anderson (Brabham-Climax V8), Raby (Brabham-B.R.M. V8), Collomb (Lotus 24-Climax V8) and Wicky (Lotus 24-B.R.M. V8). Hawkins was entered with Stoop's Lotus 33-Climax V8, but did not arrive.