Motor racing...and Eddie Cheever of the United States on Sunday (25 March) won the International?
Motor racing...and Eddie Cheever of the United States on Sunday (25 March) won the International Trophy at Silverstone, the opening race of the Formula Two Championship season. He won by one third of a second from Derek Daly of Ireland, with Brian Henton of England third.
SYNOPSIS: Heavy rain upset the event. It made driving more dangerous and caused a restart after one crashed car blocked the track.
Before the race, drivers used umbrellas for shelter. Originally, the race was scheduled for forty-seven laps, but was cut back to forty after it had to be restarted.
Spectators knew the rain-slicked surface of the airfield circuit would be trickier than usual.
Here's the first start, and the cars sent up such rooster tails of spray that visibility for trailing drivers was much reduced.
English driver Stephen South, in a March BMW, goes out of control. Another mishap, which wedged a car across a chicane, meant a restart. If anything, the spray was worse as the field roared away from the grid for a second time.
Cheever, in car number 9, burts into the lead from the start. He leads from Henton and then Daly, who was to clock the fastest lap time for the race -- just over one minute and thirty seconds. Cheever was never headed, but was pushed hard all the way by Daly and Henton, who drove well to recover after a spin dropped him back into seventh place. Henton led for two laps, but tyre problems dropped him back to third.
Over the final yards, Daly was at Cheever's elbow but gearbox trouble had slowed him down. Cheever said after the race that he'd had failing oil pressure, but he felt that Daly, who had made up a ten-second deficit on him, was the moral winner.