Motor racing...and in the French Grand Prix on Sunday (1 July) two French drivers scored?
LV PAN: start of Grand Prix
SV PAN: Villeneuve of Canada (car No. 12) leads from Jabouille of France (car No. 15) and others PAN TO Arnoux of France.
CU PAN: Villeneuve leading from Jabouille
CU PAN: Villeneuve on circuit.
LV: Villeneuve ahead of Jabouille with others in hot pursuit.
SV PAN: Villeneuve and Jabouille still leading with Arnoux in fifth position and closing in on Piquet.(car no 6)
SV PAN: South Africa's Jody Scheckter (car No. 11) leaving pits.
GV PAN: Jabouille in lead followed by Villenueve
SV PAN: Arnoux in third position
GV AND LV PAN: other cars in pursuit with crowd watching.
SV PAN: Jabouille in lead with Villeneuve in second position. (2 shots)
SV: people running onto circuit as Jabouille tales chequered flag.
SV: crowd watching as Villeneuve and Arnoux finish second and third (2 shots)
SV AND LV: crowd watch as winners wave from rostrum. (2 shots)
Villeneuve now goes into second place in the championship table, behind Jody Scheckter. Defending champion Mario Andretti of the United States dropped out of the event with rear suspension problems in his Lotus, and one of the other casualties was twice world champion Niki Lauda of Austria who skidded of in his Brabham in the 25th lap.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing...and in the French Grand Prix on Sunday (1 July) two French drivers scored stunning home-ground success. Jean-Pierre Jabouille, in a turbocharger Renault formula one car, took the winner's laurels while Rene Arnoux, driving the same marque, took third place. Their victories ended a run of bad luck that has cost the French team dear since they first entered the world championship two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-seven drivers were at the grid for the start of the major world championship event....the 65th French Grand Prix.
Canadian Gilles Villeneuve, in a Ferrari, was the early leader in the race, with Jabouille a close second and Arnoux not far behind in fifth place.
The twisting Dijon circuit, covering 3.8 kilometres (2.4 miles), is notorious for the strain caused to drivers' neck muscles by high centrifugal forces, and some of the competitors fitted special collars to their helmets to relieve the discomfort.
They faced 80 laps of difficult bends -- and for a good part of the race no-one could get ahead of Villeneuve.
South African Jody Scheckter??? dropped from third to eighth place after a pit stop for a change of ty??? in the 55th lap. He returned to the race to find Jabouille now in the lead and Arnoux in third position.
Jabouille later noted that in these last few laps he felt 'overwhelming joy and 'great anxiety' at the same time. But his luck held and he took the chequered flag.
Villeneuve and Arnoux then staged a suspenseful battle for second place...with Villeneuve just edging out his rival before a clearly patisan crowd.