• Short Summary

    Motor racing -- and at the Kyalami circuit just outside Johannesburg there was intense competition for the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (3 March), which ended with a victory for Canadian Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve.

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    1.
    GTV Start of race
    0.10

    2.
    GV Cars rounding bend and down straight
    0.14

    3.
    GV Cars 11 Jody Scheckter, Ferrari and 12, Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari, leading around bend with spray coming off track
    0.24

    4.
    Marshal waving red flag to stop race
    0.30

    5.
    SV Villeneuve leaving pits after having tyres changed (2 shots)
    0.40

    6.
    TV Race starts for second time
    0.56

    7.
    SV Cars rounding bend and racing down straight
    1.07

    8.
    AERIAL VIEW Villeneuve overtaking car number two, Carlos Reutemann (Lotus), followed by Scheckter
    1.22

    9.
    SV Villeneuve rounding bend and down straight
    1.30

    10.
    SV Car No. 17 Jan Lammers (Samson Shadow) crashing into barrier. Lammers gets out unhurt
    1.36

    11.
    TV Villeneuve receiving chequered flag, followed by Scheckter in second place
    1.41

    12.
    SV First and second cars driving into pits
    1.50

    13.
    SV Villeneuve having injured ankle attended to
    1.54

    14.
    SV Villeneuve and Scheckter on rostrum waving to crowd with "lion" in attendance
    2.00


    Third behind Scheckter was Jean-Pierre Jarier of France in a Tyrrell. World Champion Mario Andretti of the United States was fourth in a Lotus. Argentine Carlos Reutemann, also in a Lotus, was fifth -- with Austria's Niki Lauda sixth in a Brabham.




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    Background: Motor racing -- and at the Kyalami circuit just outside Johannesburg there was intense competition for the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (3 March), which ended with a victory for Canadian Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve. Local hero, Jody Scheckter, was second, also in a Ferrari.

    SYNOPSIS: The start of the race -- with Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille in pole position on the grid after a sensational practice lap time of one minute 11.80 seconds.

    But Scheckter and Villeneuve dominated from the start, with the positions behind them changing constantly. A sudden heavy rainstorm took everyone by surprise, and eventually the race was halted -- but re-started an hour later.

    At this point, the teams faced the vital decision whether to race on tyres suited to wet or dry conditions
    As the race re-started, most settled for wet-weather tyres, only to regret it a few laps later when the sun broke through. Scheckter made the right choice, and when his team-mate Villeneuve went in for a tyre change, he took the lead. But not for long. Scheckter's tyres had taken a beating. He, too, was forced into the pits, and Villeneuve forged ahead again.

    Villeneuve set a track record of one minute, 14.412 seconds on the twenty-third lap, but, towards the end, was around three seconds slower. And the amazing Renaults? They had a bad day, with Jabouille out with engine trouble, and Rene Arnoux retiring because of tyre problems.

    The young Dutchman Jam Lammers crashed his Shadow into a fence, but escaped unhurt.

    The Ferraris romped home first and second to break the domination of the French Ligier team this year. They also had a disastrous day -- both drivers, Lafitte and Depailler, spun off and failed to finish.

    Villeneuve received medical attention before joining Scheckter on the winner's rostrum. The lion is called Simba -- the trademark of the firm who sponsored the race.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5PCS81633ZHTHMDOLU6ASRUU
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PCS81633ZHTHMDOLU6ASRUU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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