Motor Racing -- and Nelson Piquet, Brazil's Formula One racing driver, won the Gunnar Nilsson memorial race for BMW M.1 prototypes at Donington Park in Derbyshire, England on Sunday (3 June).
LV PAN: cars lined up on starting grid at Donington Park.
CU: Nelson Piquet in car number 6.
SV: crew around Mario Andretti's car Number 1.
SV AND CU: Alan Jones in car number 27 (2 shots)
CU: Donington flag.
LV PAN: start of race and cars passing camera (2 shots)
SV: Andretti overtaking Franz Konrad (in car 88) with John Watson in pursuit.
SV PAN: Nelson Piquet leading in car number 6 (2 shots)
SV: other cars in pursuit round bend PAN ON car number 1. (2 shots)
LV PAN: Number 6 leading under bridge and around final bend.
LV: number 6 receiving chequered flag ahead of other cars.
LV AND CU: crowd watching as Nelson Piquet receives trophy and laurels. (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor Racing -- and Nelson Piquet, Brazil's Formula One racing driver, won the Gunnar Nilsson memorial race for BMW M.1 prototypes at Donington Park in Derbyshire, England on Sunday (3 June). Italy's Bruno Giacomeli was second and Manfred Winklehock third. The race was the highlight of a meeting held to raise money for the Cancer Treatment Fund set up by Swedish Driver Gunnar Nilsson shortly before he died, aged only 29, last October. So far the fund has raised over GBD 625,000 STERLING (1,250,000 U.S. dollars).
SYNOPSIS: The 30-lap Memorial Trophy race attracted a strong field of international drivers, including Brazil's rising formula one driver, Nelson Piquet in car number six. Heading the entries was reigning Grand Prix World Champion Mario Andretti in car number one. Australian Alan Jones, and James Hunt and John Watson of Britain were also among the top names.
With many of the entrants driving the same cars -- BMW M.1 coupes capable of a top speed of 150 miles (240 kilometres) an hour individual driving skill was the main factor in determining the result. Mario Andretti - at one stage third - failed to finish when he spun off.
John Watson also spun off, and James Hunt was forced to retire when his car left the track. The young Brazilian nelson Piquet led from lap one.
Piquet is the most successful drive to have emerged from Brazil since Emmerson Fittipaldi, the former World Champion. And he held the front throughout the 58.72 miles.
It was the first time the BMW coupes had been seen in Britain. Piquet's win in an average time of 92.15 miles per hour (152.24 kilometres) showed they may be a force to be reckoned with in the future. The same may be true of Piquet.