Jack Brabham of Australia, the world champion, registered his first major victory of the motor racing season April 9 when he won the Brussels Grand Prix in a works Cooper.
LV PAN Competitors preparing for race.
SV Car No. 4 Driven by Bruce McLaren of New Zealand.
CU PAN Ditto.
CU PAN Car No. 2 Driven by Jack Brabham of Australia.
GV PAN Competitors round bend after start.
CU Racing shot competitors rounding bend.
GV Ditto down to straight.
SV Car No. 6 driven by John Surtees of England followed by car No. 2 Jack Brabham.
GV PAN Cars towards PAN on No. 6 John Surtees to BV.
SV PAN Car No. 2 Jack Brabham followed closely by No. 6 John Surtees followed by No. Roy Salvadori.
GV PAN Competitors under bridge PAN on car No. 4 Bruce McLaren.
GV PAN Car No. 2 Jack Brabham followed by No. 4 Bruce McLaren down straight towards finish.
GV PAN Jack Brabham arrives at finish followed very closely by Bruce McLaren.
CU The Winner Jack Brabham.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Jack Brabham of Australia, the world champion, registered his first major victory of the motor racing season April 9 when he won the Brussels Grand Prix in a works Cooper. His team mate, Bruce MacLaren of New Zealand was second, and A. Marsh of Britain in a Lotus was third.
The race was run in three 22-lap heats, totalling 300 kilometres, and the final positions were determined by the drivers's placings in each heat.
Joachim Bonnier of Sweden won the first heat in a Porsche. Roy Salvadori of Britain came second, and Brabham third. The second heat provided a thrilling spectacle as Bonnier and Britain's John Surtees - world motorcycling champion - fought for the lead. Unfortunately, Bonnier had to retire after a slight collision with Surtees and Jack Brabham came through to win. He covered the 100 km at an average speed of 130 Km.P.H. The third heat was a constant duel between Brabham and Britain's Stirling Moss in a Lotus, but Brabham beat Moss by one-tenth of a second. Moss ended sixth in the overall placings.
It was the first Grand Prix run in Europe for formula one cars, but being a non-championship event the placings do not count for the world title.