From Road & Track September 1965. Article by Henry N. Manney
"At this point Clark, enough at ease to make rude signs at the photographers, had already reeled
off 32 sec. worth of lead on Stewart, who in turn was doing a magnificent job going fast on a
different line from everyone else.Graham Hill was 1 min. 05 back, Ginther working hard in the
Honda at 1 min. 13 sec.McLaren biding his time two seconds behind that,then Gurney with hanky
over his face at 1 min. 22 sec."
"Spa in the rain is no place to go motor racing, especially with recurrent showers that make
one fast curve semi-dry and another streaming wet, these changing from lap to lap.The
conditions make a nonsense of the usual high-speed slip-streaming tactics and in fact because
of the rooster-tails flung up by unprotected wheels it is far safer to keep station.Consequently
what passing that was done was accomplished either by gritting the teeth and gradually motoring
past on the wide bits, delicately outbraking at the La Source hairpin, or judicious squeezing
out at the Eau Rouge bridge past the pits.Clark's Lotus seemed to be getting a better grip than
most on acceleration and that helped, but some others found that their roadholding had become
distinctly dodgy at speed and thus had to keep a modest pace even down the straight."
"Graham Hill and Gurney, for instance, are both prone to set up their cars hard and solid in
the old style and in these conditions were finding it difficult to keep the machine pointed
properly. Graham gradually lost ground, especially in a particularly rainy period when even
Clark was lapping at 4:42 and still drawing away, and just past half distance McLaren (who
had passed Ginther a while back) crept up and helped himself to third postion even though
the Cooper was still a couple of minutes behind Stewart.With a little over half of the race
gone, then, Clark was ahead of second man Stewart by 45 sec. give or take a bit,with McLaren
at 3:19, GH at 3:27, Brabham 3:39, Ginther's Honda looking fairly steady but running on less
than twelve at 4:10, and Spence being lapped."
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Edited by davef, May 09 2012 - 06:10 AM.