The International Motorcycle meeting at Donnington Park in England on Sunday (9 July) was a day of heartache and triumph.
GV Competitors line up for the international T.T. Formula 1 race
CU No. 4 Mike Hailwood
SV PAN Riders away from the start
GV PAN Riders down straight and into bend, No. 4 leading followed by No. 2 Ron Haslam and No. 19 Steve Manship
LV PAN No. 72 James Wells cutting corner as No. 30 George Fogarty rounds bend at same time followed by other riders
GV PAN No. 4 Mike Hailwood leading down straight prior to engine failure No. 16 Tony Rutter was eventual winner
TV Start of international super-bike race final (2 shots)
GV Riders rounding bend
LV No. 8 Dave Potter leading around bend followed by No.10 Mick Grant and champion No. 7 Barry Sheene
LV PAN No. 8 Potter leading followed closely by Sheene (2 shots)
LV PAN Winner Dave Potter racing down straight followed by Barry Sheene
LV Potter and Sheene across winning line
SV Winner Potter receives laurels and plaque
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: The International Motorcycle meeting at Donnington Park in England on Sunday (9 July) was a day of heartache and triumph. Heartache for veteran rider Mike Hailwood who was leading the field in the T.T. Formula One race when just two laps from home he crashed. But it was triumph for Dave Potter who scored two convincing wins.
SYNOPSIS: As the competitors lined up for the Formula One race all eyes were on veteran rider Mike Hailwood -- number four, riding an 864 c.c. Ducati.
Hailwood, who now lives in New Zealand, returned to racing at the Isle of Man this year after an absence of 11 years. On Sunday he took an early lead, he was followed by Ron Haslam number two and Steve Manship, number 18.
Hailwood had won easily at the Isle of Man and later at Mallory Park. But at Donnington when he was leading with just two laps to go, he came off his machine and allowed Roger Marshall riding a Mochek Honda to win.
The line-up for the International super-bike race for bikes up to 1,000 c.c. contained many famous names including Barry Sheene and Mike Grant.
But it was Dave Potter, number eight, riding a Ted Broad 750 Yamaha who took an early lead.
Potter was hotly pursued by Sheene, number seven, on a 650 Suzuki and Grant, number 10, on a 750 Kawasaki.
Earlier in the day Potter had won the MCN Superbike race when he had successfully held off the challenge of world champion Sheene. Now Sheene was out for revenge but Potter was good enough to resist him.
Potter won the race in a time of 19 minute 25.5 seconds -- and average lap speed of 90.67 miles an hour (145 k.p.h.)) to give him his second victory of the day.