French Gp 1967

2 July 1967
The new Bugatti circuit used the main pit straight at Le Mans and an infield section comprising several second and third gear corners, which was universally unpopular with both drivers and crowds. Graham Hill in a Lotus was on pole and led away for the first lap until Jack Brabham took over. On lap 7 Jim Clark (Lotus) took the lead and Hill passed Brabham to make it a Lotus 1-2. Hill then retook the lead until his crown-wheel and pinion failed on lap 14.

The same problem caused Clark's retirement from the lead on lap 23, leaving Brabham ahead of Dan Gurney, Chris Amon and Denny Hulme. On lap 41 a fuel line broke on Gurney's Eagle-Weslake, making it a Brabham 1-2 and Amon's Ferrari throttle cable broke several laps later. Brabham drove home serenely to win his first race in eight Grands Prix and justify his position as reigning World Champion.
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