Clark’s perfect season
A great start for Clark, especially sweet since it was only weeks after he had lost the 1964 title to John Surtees at the final race in Mexico. On pole by a second in the Lotus 33, he led from lights to flag to take a comfortable New Year’s Day victory. Back on the F1 trail, Clark could manage only P2 in qualifying at Spa, behind Graham Hill’s BRM. However, on a wet raceday he wasted no time in moving ahead of Hill on the run down to the Masta Kink and won by more than 40 seconds from Jackie Stewart. Clark went into this race having won the previous three British GPs, and another pole was claimed at Silverstone. An easy win looked on the cards until a misfire allowed Hill to close in, but Clark held on by three seconds for win number four. Clark reasserted his total dominance at Clermont-Ferrand, with another lights-to-flag victory from pole over Hill and Surtees. And with drivers counting their best six finishes from the ten events, Clark was already halfway to his perfect score.