1971 Oulton Park Gold Cup

Rothmans Gold Cup

Saturday, August 21, 1971
Race winner:
Laps:
40
Fastest Lap:
Surtees, 1m24.8
Country:
Britain
Circuit:
1971 season:
Report

John Surtees scored his second successive win in the annual non-championship Formula One Rothmans International Gold Cup race held a week after the Austrian Grand Prix. Driving the latest 004 Surtees TS9 in the Brooke Bond-Oxo colours he broke the outright circuit record set by Rodriguez and Gethin in the Spring Cup race earlier this season. It was far from a runaway win, although Surtees had a 12-sec. advantage over Howden Ganley's BRM after the end of the two short 20-lap (55-mile) parts.

The entry of Formula One cars was down to an all-time low of eight for this well-established event, although, as usual for non-championship Oulton Park races, the field was bolstered by a full squad of Formula 5000s contesting their own Championship within the race. Last year's Gold Cup marked the debut of the Tyrrell with Jackie Stewart at the wheel, but this year there were no attractions of this nature, although the few F1 cars there were attracted a sizeable 25,000 crowd.

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