• Short Summary

    Drivers competing in the South African Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday (30 March) started their first official practice session at the Kyalami pace track near Johannesburg on (28 March).

  • Description

    Drivers competing in the South African Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday (30 March) started their first official practice session at the Kyalami pace track near Johannesburg on (28 March).

    Doctors and a full medical team were on hand and new catch fences were in position following the death of United States driver, Peter Revson last Friday (22 March) during an unofficial practice run. Revson's car failed to negotiate a right-hand known as "Barbeque Corner", and crashed through the safety fence.

    The 28 drivers were competing for grid positions in the Grand Prix. Only two official practice runs were allowed this year---one on Wednesday and the second on Thursday--because of the fuel shortage.

    In Wednesday's trial, Carlos Pace of Brazil in a Surtees, clocked the fastest time, followed by Emerson Fittipaldi also of Brazil in a McLaren and Niki Lauda of Austria in a Ferrari.

    But on Thursday, Niki Lauda took the pole position in the Grand by clocking the fastest trial time. Carlos Pace was placed second on the starting grid, flanked by Arturo Merzario of Italy.

    A panel of 16 motoring editors named Emerson Fittipaldi as the favourite, followed by Ronnie Peterson of Sweden, Denny Hulme of New Zealand, Jody Schektor of South Africa and Belgian Jacky Ickx who won britain's Brands Hatch race Niki Lauda and Britain's Graham Hill were placed well down the field.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4TUAG8XPRAOZ4S3AV4CNXL8T3
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TUAG8XPRAOZ4S3AV4CNXL8T3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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