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    Jo Siffert of Switzerland twice smashed the lap record in the first practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours motor race on Saturday (17 April).

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    GV Crowds around pits & on stands
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    2.
    SV TILT UP REAR end of car No.18 & front of ditto (2 shots)
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    3.
    SCU Driver Attwood talks to official
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    SV Car No.42 onto track
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    SV ZOOM IN front of car No.21 PAN TO driver in seat
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    GV Group around No.32
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    CU Cockpit PAN TO mechanic working on engine
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    SV REAR shot car No.32
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    SV Crowd on trackside PAN TO Porsche practising on track
    0.53

    10.
    GV Group of cars round S-bend & down straight
    1.09

    11.
    SV Car No. 28 rounding bend
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    SV Woman time keeper at pits
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    GV PAN Porsche down straight past pits
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    14.
    SV & CU Another time keeper (2 shots)
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    15.
    GV Car No. 50 passing pits
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    Initials SGM/1429 SGM/1514


    The British driver Jack Oliver today (Sunday 18 April) broke the lap record in the second practice session. He drove his Porsche 917 at an average speed of 155.6 mph. Track officials have added that Oliver reached an unconfirmed top speed of 239.2 mph on the Mulsanne Straight this morning.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Jo Siffert of Switzerland twice smashed the lap record in the first practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours motor race on Saturday (17 April).

    Siffert flew in form Barcelona, where he was practising for the Spanish Grand Prix, for the session. He drove a Porsche in both of his record-breading attempts. Out of a field of 37 cars entered in the race -- to be held on June 24 -- 24 are Porsches. Last Year they entered 22 out of a total of 55 cars.

    Some 30 cars turned out for Saturday's practice and one of the most noted times was set up by a three litre prototype, the French Ligier JS3, having its first outing. Driven by its builder, Guy Ligier, the new car averaged around 135 mph, comparable with the times set by the French Matras which are among the fastest three litre cars.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1J40E4O5ZRGA0WSZMQ2KXBC4J
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J40E4O5ZRGA0WSZMQ2KXBC4J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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