Driving immaculately, Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil swept to victory in the GKN-Daily Express International Trophy Race for Formula One and Formula 5000 cars at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday (23 April).
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Emerson Fittipaldi looks at car
CU Fittipaldi in car
CU Car marked "1"
GV Start of race
GV Cars past (2 shots)
GV Fittipaldi past and other cars follow
SV Fittipaldi takes bend followed by others (2 shots)
SV Car No. 6, John Surtees, past
SV Mike Hailwood in Car No. 5 past
GV Fittipaldi past chequered flag, followed by Baltoise
CU Fittipaldi drinking from winner's cup (2 shots)
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Background: Driving immaculately, Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil swept to victory in the GKN-Daily Express International Trophy Race for Formula One and Formula 5000 cars at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday (23 April).
Fittipaldi started the 40-lap, 117 miles (188 kms) race from the pole position in his Lotus-built John Player Special car, and he gave his rivals a lesson in the art of consistent driving on the course.
The 25-year-old Brazilian averaged 131.81 miles per hour (212.12 kph) and was clocked home in 53 minutes, 17.8 seconds, about 100 yards (metres) ahead of runner-up Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France in A BRM.
Britain's John Surtees, a former world champion motor-cyclist, finished third in his new Surtees TS9B.
Fittipaldi's supremacy was seriously challenged only once during the race. Mike Hailwood of Britain allotted into second place during the 13th lap and neat inside overtaking gave him the lead. Hailwood even beat his own lap record as he pulled away from the Brazilian by storming around the circuit in I min. 18.8 seconds at 133.7 miles per hour (215.16 kph).
But Hailwood's lead lasted only five laps. Then his Surtees badly overheated and he had to go into the pits. From then on, Fittipaldi never let go of the lead. Graham Hill of Britain and Dennis Hulme of New Zealand were also among these in the race.
Fittipaldi, whose brother Wilson is a strong contender in the European Formula Two Championship, has already won the Brands Hatch Race of Champions. And he finished second in the South African Grand Prix and was holding on the third in the Argentine Grand Prix before retiring.