Cooper Car Company started the 1960 season with T51, its successful model of the previous year. But after extraordinary performance of new Lotus 18 at races in Argentina in the beginning of the season, team principal John Cooper and designer Owen Maddock have no option rather than to try redevelop T51 into new chassis copying best Lotus technical solutions in in addition to winning Cooper combination of simplicity and reliability. New T53 was born very quickly and was available for Monaco Grand Prix in May. It was more lighter, lower and aerodynamically effective than T51. Jack Brabham, despite disqualification in Monaco for outside assistance, won four next Championship races and took his second consecutive Drivers’ Championship title. For the next season, 1961, Cooper developed a new version, T55, which was available for works driver at major Grand prix, while old T53 were entered by works team in some minor non-championship events. The season for T55 was completely disappointing – no win, no podiums and only 4th place in Constructor’s standings. As to T53 in non-champ events, it was more successful that its successor. Jack Brabham won the Lombank Trophy at Snetterton (the race was run as combined InterContinental (up to 3 litres) and 1.5 litre F1 race) and Bruxelles Grand Prix.
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