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).
GV Cars in pits
SV Car driven out of pits
CU PAN Denny Hulme to car
CU ZOOM OUT mechanic working on "John Player special" car
SV Ronnie Peterson climbs into car
CU Jody Scheckter sitting on his car
CU Niki Lauda talks with mechanic
SCU Jackie Ickx walks to car
GV Cars down straight into "Barbeque Corner"
LV Car No. 11 down straight followed by others
GV Car No. 19 overtaken and into bend followed by others
TV Cars into bend and down straight
LV Car No.21 comes off track after breaking down.
GV PAN John Player Special No.2 down course
TV Cars into bend
GV PAN Car No.2 overtakes cars and goes through Barbeque Corner.
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: 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.