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    BRITAIN'S JEFF SMITH, ON A B.S.A., RODE BRILLIANTLY TO WIN THE 500 c.c. MOTO-CROSS GRAND?

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    BRITAIN'S JEFF SMITH, ON A B.S.A., RODE BRILLIANTLY TO WIN THE 500 c.c. MOTO-CROSS GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN AT HAWKSTONE PARK, SHROPSHIRE, TODAY (SUNDAY).

    A CROWD, ESTIMATED AT 40,000, WATCHED SMITH HOLD OFF A STRONG CONTINENTAL CHALLENGE FROM THE LEADING RIDERS OF ELEVEN COUNTRIES. THE STRONGEST CHALLENGER WAS SWEDEN'S ROLF TIBBLIN, THE REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION, WHO WON THIS EVENT LAST YEAR. TIBBLIN'S BID ENDED WHEN HE HAD TO RETIRE IN THE SECOND HEAT OF THE EVENT.

    FINAL PLACINGS FOR THE RACE WERE: JEFF SMITH, BRITAIN, RIDING A B.S.A., FIRST; LAMPKIN, BRITAIN, ALSO ON B.S.A., SECOND; AND DEREK RICKMAN, BRITAIN, RIDING A MERISSE, THIRD.

    THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX, WHICH COUNTS IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES,COMPRISES TWO 12-LAP RACES. POINTS ON AN ASCENDING SCALE ARE AWARDED TO RIDERS AS THEY FINISH AND THE RIDER WITH FEWEST POINTS AT THE END OF BOTH RACES IS THE WINNER. A TIE ON POINTS IS DECIDED ON THE AGGREGATE TIME FOR BOTH RACES.

    THE ROUGH TRACK AT HAWKSTONE PARK IS RATED ONE OF THE BEST COURSES IN EUROPE -- ITS MOST SPECTACULAR FEATURE BEING THE 400 YARD LONG (366 METRE) 1 IN 108 HILL. THE COURSE, WITH A 1025 MILE (2 KILOMETRE) LAP, ALSO INCLUDES SANDPITS, A WOODED SECTION AND A GRASS STRAIGHT ON WHICH HIGH SPEEDS ARE ATTAINABLE.

    TODAY'S RACE WAS THE NINTH ROUND IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. THERE ARE 13 ROUNDS IN THE SERIES - THE LAST BEING THE EAST GERMAN GRAND PRIX TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 8TH.

    IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE, TIBBLIN LEADS WITH 51 POINTS, SMITH IS SECOND WITH 37 POINTS; AND LUNDIN, OF SWEDEN, IS THIRD WITH 36 POINTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Y8B700LY1WHXYOQNO9DEZ6J4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Y8B700LY1WHXYOQNO9DEZ6J4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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