English driver Graham Hill had a lucky escape when he emerged unharmed after his Lola blew a tyre and crashed during practice for the South African Grand Prix at the kyalami circuit in johannesburg on Wednesday (26 February).
LV Pit area
SV Mario Andretti (car 27)
SV Reggazzoni in car
CU PAN Graham Hill looking at wrecked car
SCU Niki Lauda talking
CU Depallier (left) and Scheckter talking
SCU Mass (left) and Fittipaldi talking
SCU Colin Chapman (left) and Ronnie Peterson talking
CU PAN Fittipaldi drives out (car 1)
CU PAN Scheckter follows (car 3)
LV AND SV Cars racing around bend and past nw railed area (3 shots)
LV People in stands
SV PAN Brambilla's wrecked car (no.9) brought in on transporter
Initials CL/2221 CL/2237
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: English driver Graham Hill had a lucky escape when he emerged unharmed after his Lola blew a tyre and crashed during practice for the South African Grand Prix at the kyalami circuit in johannesburg on Wednesday (26 February). The car was a write-off.
The crash put Hill out of the running for the race which will be held on Saturday.
Times for the 2.45-mile (3.94-km) circuit were steadily lowered during practice with the two South American aces -- Carlos Pace of Brazil and Carlos Reutemann of Argentina -- eventually winning through to take pole and second position respectively.
Crashes were common during the practice sessions, but not of the drives involved was hurt.
An unusual feature of this year's race is that for the first time a woman -- Italy's Lella Lombardi in a March -- will be joining the men on the starting grid.
SYNOPSIS: The Kyalami motor racing circuit in Johannesburg has been echoing to the sound of highly-tuned engines as the world's best drivers practiced for the South African Grand Prix on Saturday.
Britain's Graham Hill had a lucky escape when his Lola blew a rear tyre and crashed. The car was a write-off and Hill failed to qualify for Saturday's start. Niki Lauda from Austria ended up in the number four position on the grid.
West German Jochem Mass -- on the left -- with World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Colin Chapman, designer of Lotus cars, talks with driver Ronnie Peterson before practice.
Emerson Fittipaldi moves out onto the circuit...followed by South African Jody Scheckter in a Tyrrell. And -- as the crowd pricks up its ears -- the men put their machines through some severe testing.
The times were good. But some drivers like Victoria Brambilla were unlucky as his car bears witness.