Burmah Oil, who are connected with Castrol, made their first entry into racing with the Alan Mann Ford V8 as well as other teams, with Burmah Petrol. The scene is changing, Esso and B.P. out, Gulf. Duckhams and Burmah in, and others to follow.
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In practice Ickx and Redman lapped in 1 min. 36.8 sec.—a well matched pair. With such equality it must be that the former is overrated and the latter is under-rated, if all the publicity stories are to be believed.
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For the Ford V8 Prototype to lead the race on its first outing must have encouraged Alan Mann and Ford and augurs well for the future, especially as this season is to be an experimental probe before having a real go in 1969.