• Short Summary

    Austrian Niki Lauda will seek to strengthen his grip on the 1974 World Drivers' Championship when he starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on Saturday (20 July).

  • Description

    Austrian Niki Lauda will seek to strengthen his grip on the 1974 World Drivers' Championship when he starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on Saturday (20 July).

    Lauda's eye-catching red Ferrari has already won the Spanish and Dutch events this season and he will be out to make it a triple triumph by catching the British Grand Prix, 10th. leg of the 1974 series.

    Fast practice rounds yesterday and today(Friday) have ensured the Austrian a front place on the starting grid.

    At the moment, Lauda leads the championship table by four points from his Ferrari team mate Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland. The Swiss driver has yet to win a championship event this year but followed Lauda across the finishing line in Spain and Holland.

    The current series is one of the most open in recent years with 1972 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil only on point behind Regazzoni. Also in contention is South African Jody Scheckter and Sweden's Ronnie Peterson.

    Lauda and Peterson underlined their taste for the twisting 2.65 mile (4.25 kilmotres) Brands Hatch circuit on the first day of practice when they shared the fastest time ever recorded there.

    Each lapped in one minute 20.6 seconds at an average speed of 118.36 miles per hour (190.47 kilometres) to trim a fifth of a second from the previous record.

    ??? four points from his Frrari team mate Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland. the Swiss driver has yet to win a championship event this year but followed Lauda across the finishing line in Spain and Holland.

    The current series in one of the most open in recent years with 1972 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil only one point behind Regazzoni. Also in contention is South African Jody Scheckter and Sweden's Ronnie Peterson.

    Lauda and Peterson underlined their taste for the twisting 2.65 miles (4.25 kilmotres) Brands Hatch circuit on the first day of practice when they shared the fastest time ever recorded there.

    Each lapped in one minute 20.6 seconds at an average speed of 118.36 miles per hour (190.47 kilometres) to trim a fifth a second from the previous record.

    The practice sessions have also been notable for the attempt by Italy's Lella Lombardi to qualify for her grand prix debut and become the first woman to drive in a British Grand Prix.

    Thirty-six cars have been competing in the practice laps to narrow the field down 25 starters. After the first day's practice Miss Lombardi n her Brabham BT42 was 24th. in the list.

    Saturday's race will be staged over 75 laps of the circuit, covering a distance of 199 miles (320 kilometres).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA79XXI26JYRJEOSQ2251ZH5NEB
    Media URN:
    VLVA79XXI26JYRJEOSQ2251ZH5NEB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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