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    The Swiss Grand Prix has re-appeared on the motor-racing scene but not in Switzerland.

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    The Swiss Grand Prix has re-appeared on the motor-racing scene but not in Switzerland.

    The first running of the race since it was banned by Swiss authorities in 1955, will take place at Dijon-Prenois, in France, on Sunday (24 August).

    The last Swiss Grand Prix as held outside Berne, on the Bremgarten circuit in 1954, but the following year, in the wake of the Le Mans disaster, Swiss authorities banned motor racing.

    Since then, the prohibition has remained, despite continuing efforts by enthusiasts to have it removed. By holding this year's race just across the border,, the Automobile Club is hoping to demonstrate to authorities that Swiss motor-racing supporters can see the event by travelling just a few extra miles.

    The 1975 Swiss Grand Prix will not count for points on this year's international circuit, but the organisers hope that may change next year.

    Formula One constructors and all the major teams are giving the event strong backing. Three Swiss drivers have entered: Clay Regazzoni, Jean Blanc and newly-emerged Jo Vonlanthen.

    SYNOPSIS: Motor racing ... and the Swiss Grand Prix is back. New Swiss driver Jo Vonlanthen and his Frank Williams car are among the thirty-two drivers who will take part in the race, the first time it's been held in twenty-one years. The race was scheduled to run on Sunday at Dijon-Prenois, in France.

    Clay Regazzoni is another Swiss driver taking part this year ... he'll be driving a Ferrari. Formula One constructors and all the major teams have given strong support to this event, although it won't count for points on the international circuit. Along with the Swiss Automobile Club, they're hoping the authorities who banned the sport in Switzerland after the Le Mans disaster in nineteen fifty-five, may change their minds, and lift the prohibition.

    By holding this race just over the border in France, supporters are demonstrating that enthusiasts can still see the Swiss Grand Prix, whether or not it's held in Switzerland.

    Although the race hasn't been seen for two decades, it still carries the prestige of a major European motor-rasing event. Organisers could well feel confident enough to apply for a full world championship date next year.

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