|At the drop of the Union flag Mike McKee in a Cooper led as far as Paddock Bend but was overhauled by several Elvas on the way to Druids. Leading down the hill Bill de Selincourt blotted his record at Bottom Bend spinning in front of the entire field. Miraculously the pack passed without contact and at the end of the first lap the order was Arundell, Threlfall, and McKee.
The track was in particularly difficult condition following rain during practice with some extremely slippery areas catching the drivers out. Ian Burgess lost a couple of places with an off-road excursion at Bottom Bend and Ian Stacey dropped to the back of the field following a rotation at Druids.
Almost unnoticed Peter Ashdown was making progress and by lap three had passed Burgess and deposed Lawrence and McKee the following tour. By the sixth lap Ashdown was on Threlfall’s tail and making life most uncomfortable for the Elva driver. Time and again Ashdown would pull alongside Threlfall but the Auto Union motor seemed to have the edge as the Elva maintained its position.