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    Carlos Pace, the Brazilian formula one racing driver who was killed when the light aircraft he was learning to fly crashed near Sao Paulo in Brazil last Friday (18 March), was buried on Sunday (10 March).

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    Carlos Pace, the Brazilian formula one racing driver who was killed when the light aircraft he was learning to fly crashed near Sao Paulo in Brazil last Friday (18 March), was buried on Sunday (10 March).

    SYNOPSIS: Thirty-two-year old Pace, known to his friends as 'Moco', had his first grand prix win in his home town of Sao Paulo in 1975. When he died he was in fifth place with fellow Brazilian and lifelong friend Emerson Fittipaldi in this year's World Championship standings.

    Pace was preparing for the Western United States rand prix at Long Beach, two weeks away, when his 'plane crashed. He was ranked among the world's top drivers and seemed set for a highly successful season. Pace drove for the Brabham-Martini racing team, and with the improved power this season from their Alfa Romeo engines, he was very competitive. Even suffering from heat exhaustion, he finished second in the Argentine Grand Prix in January. He later crashed during the treacherous Brazilian Grand Prix.

    Pace started racing in Brazil in the early 1960's and went to Britain for a formula three season in 1970. He was promoted to formula one in 1972, and started with the Martini-Brabham team mid-way through 1974. He finished 13th in the South African grand prix earlier this month (March) when Britain's Tom Pryce was killed. Commenting on the fatality at the time, Pace said that there was no escaping death. As a racing driver or a pilot, Pace liked an element of danger, although he was relatively cautious on the track.

    His death also ended his film career. Last year a Brazilian director made a documentary on him, and this year he was to understudy American actor Al Pacino in a film about a racing driver.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7AIY4QTAZ1D91MWL1SJ9TLD4G
    Media URN:
    VLVA7AIY4QTAZ1D91MWL1SJ9TLD4G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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