Motor racing....and the defending champion, Geoff Lees of Britain, led from start to finish to win the 27th annual Macao Grand prix on Sunday (16 November).
TV Cars lined up on staring grid on Macao racing circuit
SV Cameramen on platform
TV PAN Start of race
LV PAN Car No. 1, Geoff Lees of Britain, racing alone along the waterfront
LV PAN Other cars in pursuit
TV PAN Car No. 1 leading down straight past the grandstand with other cars in pursuit
SV PAN Car No. 1 leading from car No. 11, Masahiro Hasemi of Japan
LV Car No. 72, Tom Gloy of USA, leading pursuing cars ZOOM IN TO car No. 5, Desire Wilson of South Africa, at rear
LV PAN Car No. 1 leading from car No. 11, Hasemi
TV PAN Cars Nos. 72, 74, Bob Earl of USA, and 7, Steve Milland of New Zealand, following leaders round circuit
TV & LV PAN Spectators watch from tops as car No. 1 continues to lead car No. 11 round bends (3 shots)
LV & CU Spectators applaud as driver of car No. 1, Geoff Lees receives winners' laurels. On his left, drier of car No. 11, Masahiro Hasemi, second in race. Third place driver, Tom Gloy of U.S.A. also on rostrum
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing....and the defending champion, Geoff Lees of Britain, led from start to finish to win the 27th annual Macao Grand prix on Sunday (16 November). Driving a Ralt-Ford, he beat a field of international drivers in record time. Japan's Masahiro Hasemi in a March-Nissan was second, and Tom Gloy of the United States, also driving a Ralt-Ford, came in third.
SYNOPSIS: Fifteen drivers lined up on the grid of the twisting three point eight mile (6 kilometre) circuit through the streets of the picturesque Portuguese enclave. The race for sixteen hundred c.c. cars was the second of seven events in the Pacific Racing Championships.
Lees shot into a three-second lead in the first lap, and stayed in front all the way. Hasemi was Lees' only serious challenger until the British champion shook him off around the half-way mark. The first round of the championships, held in Japan in November, was won by Hasemi.
Leading the remainder at this stage was America's Tom Gloy. In the rear was Desire Wilson of South Africa, the only woman in the Formula Two race. She finished sixth in her Ralt Ford, although she had to battle cramp in her right foot in the last stages of the race.
Geoff Lees went on to win the 152-mile (243 kilometres) race with a record-breaking time of one hour 35 minutes, 26 point 94 seconds. Masahiro Hasemi, his only serious challenger, clocked a time of one hour, 36 minutes, 2 point 27 seconds. After a superb race, Lees lined up with Hasemi on his left, and Tom Gloy to receive his winning laurels. Hasemi retains his overall lead in the championships by taking second place. Only five other drivers managed to finished the gruelling 40-lap race.