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    Motor racing -- and South Africa's Jody Scheckter has won the Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari after one of the most exciting races this season.

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    Motor racing -- and South Africa's Jody Scheckter has won the Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari after one of the most exciting races this season.

    SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (13 May) the world's top drivers and their carefully-prepared cars were gathered at the Zolder circuit for the latest round in this year's season of Grand Prix qualifying races for the World Drivers' Championship.

    They included this Alfa Romeo, driven by Bruno Giacomelli of Italy -- and championship front-runner Patrick Depailler of France in his Ligier number twenty-five.

    In fact it was Depailler who led for the first twenty-four laps -- seeking no doubt to repeat his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

    But this was not to be. After being passed by Australia's Alan Jones in a Williams -- and then finding himself in the lead again after Jones retired --- Depailler was out of the race, six laps later after a spectacular crash.

    This left Secheckter in front, where he remained to the finish. The South African now shares the lead in the Drivers' Championship with Jacques Lafitte.

    Other casualties at Zolder included Jochen Mass in his Arrow and former World Champion Niki Lauda who retired his Brabham on lap fifteen with engine trouble. There was a moment of high tension when the rear stabiliser on Giacomelli's Alfa fell off in the path of a car behind him. But miraculously there was no accident.

    So it was Scheckter the winner after a hard-fought race. Frenchman Lafitte was second in his Ligier and his compatriot Didier Pironi third in a Tyrrel, after a thought battle with Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7AMZMO4KI93L5ZI7TZV2QLRM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7AMZMO4KI93L5ZI7TZV2QLRM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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