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Hill and BRM's first world titles

On this day in 1962, Graham Hill clinched his first F1 world championship by winning the South African Grand Prix at East London.

The race was a title showdown between Hill and Jim Clark. The Lotus driver put himself in command from the outset, and ran comfortably ahead of his rival until an oil leak twenty laps from the checkered flag wreaked havoc on a likely race win and the great Scot's championship hopes.

Hill secured his maiden crown while BRM conquered its first and only Constructors' title.