Motor Sport Magazine reported in March that for the Snetterton race Merfield`s Cortina wasnt ready so he continued in his Anglia. A week later at Goodwood it was noted that the Anglia had been sold to Diggins but loaned back for the race as it was support for the Lombank F1 + Sports car races ( both won by Graham Hill ) .

Merfield joined the crack John Willment team for 1964. This was the top touring car team of the day and took Jack Sears to the British Saloon car title that year in a Cortina GT , Galaxie and once it had been homologated in september the new Lotus-Cortina. Willment got one of the very first cars and Merfield was was able to race it at club level a few months before it was legal for Brit Saloons. His 2nd place on June 3rd maybe the first race by any Lotus-Cortina anywhere.

1965 known club results for Doc Merfield - Cortina V8

DATE CAR NO. CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
MAR 13th # 32 GOODWOOD BARC Saloon race 6th overall ( 4th in class )
MAR 28th # 27 MALLORY PARK BRSCC ILFORD TROPHY DNF
APR 3rd # 117 GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE 1st overall + fastest lap
APR 3rd ( C. NEWBOLD ) GOODWOOD BARC Saloon Handicap DNF
APR 17th # ? OULTON PARK BRSCC Saloon race 2nd overall ( 1st in class )
MAY 22nd # 95 GOODWOOD BARC Saloon race 15th overall ( 6th in class )
MAY 22nd ( R.LANGLEY ) GOODWOOD BARC Saloon Handicap 3rd
MAY 29th # 172 OULTON PARK BARC SPRING GROVE 5th overall ( 3rd in class )
MAY 29th ( C.NEWBOLD ) OULTON PARK BARC Saloon Handicap 15th
JUN 7th # 101 GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE DNF
JUN 19th # 153 SILVERSTONE BARC SPRING GROVE 14th overall ( 7th in class )
JUN 19th ( C.NEWBOLD ) SILVERSTONE BARC Saloon Handicap 4th
JUL 31st # 122 CRYSTAL PALACE BARC SPRING GROVE 12th overall ( 6th in class )
AUG 21st # 1 OULTON PARK BARC SPRING GROVE 8th overall ( 5th in class )
AUG 21st # 1 OULTON PARK BARC Saloon Handicap 3rd
SEP 12th # 116 BRANDS HATCH BARC SPRING GROVE 4th overal ( 3rd in class )
SEP 12th ( C.NEWBOLD ) BRANDS HATCH BARC Saloon Handicap DNF
OCT ? # ? SILVERSTONE BRITAX TROPHY DNF
OCT 31st # 133 BRANDS HATCH BRSCC ILFORD TROPHY 12th overall ( 8th in class )
OCT 31st ( C.NEWBOLD ) BRANDS HATCH BARC Saloon Handicap 12th

races indicated with a yellow box are when the Cortina V8 was driven by an alternative driver , usually Miss Clare Newbold and always in the Handicap race after the main saloon race.

Awaiting further results for 1966. Car 5 seconds quicker on best lap times at Goodwood and Oulton Park over 1965.

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