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    Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi's win in the British Grand Prix on Saturday (July 15) -- when he beat, among others, World Champion Jackie Stewart -- gave him a commanding lead in the current season's battle for the title.

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    Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi's win in the British Grand Prix on Saturday (July 15) -- when he beat, among others, World Champion Jackie Stewart -- gave him a commanding lead in the current season's battle for the title. He and Stewart struggled for the lead for the last 25 laps of the 200-mile (320 Kilometre) race, and Emerson's eventual win was achieved with the tactical help of his brother Wilson, also driving in the race. With six world championship races remaining, Fittipaldi's 43 points to Stewart's 27 put him strongly in position to becomes the first South American to win the title since Argentinean Juan Fangio captured the last of his five championships in 1957.

    The 25-year-old Brazilian kept his Lotus ahead of the World Champion ??? to take the chequered flag in one hour, 47 minutes, 50.2 seconds, but Steward's Tyrrell-Ford was less than four seconds behind him across the line. Belgian driver Jackie Ickx led for the first 45 laps, but had to withdraw with mechanical troubles.

    Among drivers who left the track during the race were Ronnie Paterson of Sweden, Britain's Graham Hill and Frenchman Francois Covert -- but all were unhurt. They wont off at the came spot. Another driver, Henri Poscarolo of France, was pulled unhurt from his blazing Politoys-Ford in the middle of the track while the rest of the field flashed past him on both sides. Andrea de Adamich of Italy, driving a Surtees-Ford, also crashed, but was unhurt.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3HFDVQERUQIZ9JLMMKWQ7A4RJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3HFDVQERUQIZ9JLMMKWQ7A4RJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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