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    Frenchmen took all the honours in the European Formula Two driving championship at Silverstone, England, on Sunday (31 August).

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    Frenchmen took all the honours in the European Formula Two driving championship at Silverstone, England, on Sunday (31 August).

    Jacques Laffite clinched the championship although ignition trouble forced him to retire from Sunday's race -- the eleventh of the series. Laffite set out in his Martini needing only fifth place to reach an impregnable points total.

    His ignition problems forced him to start at the back and drop out in the opening laps, but only his two compatriots Gerard Larrousse and Jean-Pierre Labouille, both driving Elfs, were capable of overtaking his points total. Both needed to win to keep the prospect alive but ironically it was another Frenchman Michel Leclere who won the day.

    Jabouille set the fastest lap of the day -- a new class record for the circuit of 201.860 kph, but he retired with engine trouble. Larrousee had been lying second but Leclere pushed his March 372 into the lead Jabouille had relinquished and held it for the rest of the 50 laps.

    On the day Larrousse was second and Britain's Brian Henton third.

    SYNOPSIS: Frenchmen took all the honours in the European Formula Two driving championships at Silverstone, England, on Sunday. Michel Leclere in car sixteen won the day but fellow Frenchman Jacques Laffite took the series. Ignition trouble forced Laffite to retire from the race--the eleventh of the series--but when he set out in his Martini he needed only fifth place to reach an impregnable position.

    Only compatriots Gerard Larrousse and Jean-Pierre Jabouille, both driving Elfs, were capable of overtaking Laffite's points total. Both needed to win. Laffite's ignition problems forced him to start at the back and drop out in the opening laps. Jabouille set the fastest lap of the day -- a new class record for the circuit of two hundred and one point eight kilometres an hour, but he too had to retire early with engine trouble.

    Gerard Larrousse in car number one took the lead followed by Michel Leclere. By that stage only Larrousse could overtake Laffite's points and ironically he could not catch fellow countryman Leclere in his March three-seven-two.

    Larrousse did manage to overtake the only non Frenchman in a challenging position on Sunday -- Britain's Brian Henton in car forty-six, a Wheatcroft O-O-Two.

    Leclere managed to hold onto the lead for the rest of the fifty laps.

    After averaging a hundred and twenty-three point seven two miles an hour he was still there at the Final bend, Larrousse and Henton following. The day belonged to Loclere and with Larrousse second, Jabouille the fastest lap and Gerard Laffite the series Formula Two racing definitely belonged to the French this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4I9JXBE4P7X7GID21QAIBETD4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4I9JXBE4P7X7GID21QAIBETD4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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