Matra-Simca cars driven by French crews finished first and second in the British Airways 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) race at Brands Hatch on Sunday (29 September).
Matra-Simca cars driven by French crews finished first and second in the British Airways 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) race at Brands Hatch on Sunday (29 September). The race is one of the series for the world sports car championship, which Matra-Simca are already assured of winning.
The two Matra-Simcas were by far and away the fastest cars on the track and finished the race el??? laps ahead of the nearest British Gulf Ford. The chequered flag swept down for Jean-Pierre Jarier and Jean-Pierre Beltoise's Matra-Simca 670 C sports car with its V 12 engine. They covered the 1000 kilometres in 5 hours 47 mins and 33 secs, an average speed of 173.02. k.p.h. (107.51 m.p.h.). Only three seconds behind them in the second Matra-Simca were Henri Pescarola and Gerard Larrousse. Britain's hopes f winning the race were dashed when Derek Sell Bell spun onto the grass behind the pits and damaged the nose of his Gulf Ford, even so he managed to finish third with co-driver David Hobbs.
The Matra-Simca's have now won eight outright victories in the World series and remain unbeaten this season.
SYNOPSIS: The start of British Airways thousand kilometre sports car race held at Brands Hatch on Sunday. The race was the ninth in the World Championship series and as expected was a fight between the French Matra-Simcas and British Gulf-Fords. Though the French crews had the faster cars, the twisty Kent circuit suited the British team admirably and they recorded very fast times in practice runs.
The two Matra-Simcas were driven as usual by Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jean-Pierre Jarier, and by Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse. The latter pair scored all five victories which earned the Matra-Simca team the World Championship title last year and have scored three of the team's seven wins this year. The British Gulf Ford team had a stroke of bad luck when their top diver Derek Bell spun onto the grass and damaged the nose of his car.
This is Jean-Pierre Beltoise in Car No 1. His Matra-Simca 670C sports car has a powerful V12 engine which produces up to 490 horsepower. Beltoise and Jarier returned the fastest lap on the for and a quarter kilometre circuit with a time of one minute twenty-two point six seconds.
Beltoise's team-???ate Henri Pescarolo in Car No 2 scored a hat-trick of sports car victories at Le hans this year, a feat achieved only once before.