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1970 Riverside Can-Am

Los Angeles Times Grand Prix

Sunday, November 1, 1970
Round:
10
Laps:
61
Country:
United States
Circuit:
1970 season:
Report

From the Motor Sport Archive
The tenth and final race of the 1970 Can-Am series was held at the Riverside circuit in California and proved to be an all-too-realistic repeat of the Laguna Seca event: Elford and the Chaparral 2J again stormed around the 3.3-mile-long course in record-shattering times that no one else could approach; the Chaparral's performance again sparked controversy over its legality; the Chaparral again provided its own temporary solution when it failed before the race was two laps old; and Hulme's McLaren was again chased to the chequered flag by Oliver's Ti22. Going into this final race, both the qualifying and race lap records belonged to Hulme in his 1969 McLaren M8B, the former at 1 min. 34.03 sec. (126.342 m.p.h.) and the latter at 1 min. 35.23 sec. (123.19 m.p.h.). Virtually all the fast times were set on the first day of practice when the weather was unusually cool for Riverside at this time of year and in only 10 complete laps (barely half of them flying, timed laps) Elford made the pole position his own private preserve with a new qualifying record of 1 min. 32.49 sec. (128.446 m.p.h.). Hulme was over two seconds slower at 1 min. 34.69 sec. and he was followed by Revson at 1 min. 35.10 sec., Oliver at 1 min. 35.52 sec., Amon at 1 min. 35.92 sec. (having switched from Firestones to Goodyears), Gethin at 1min. 36.28 sec., (having engine problems), and the BRMs of Eaton and Rodriguez at I min 37.18 sec. and I min. 38.57 sec. respectively (although Eaton did not start because the same suspension casting that failed at Laguna failed again in practice).

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