Motor racing -- and Dennis Hulme of New Zealand driving a McLaren had a comfortable victory in the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (March 4) despite a determined challenge from Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi in the last laps of the 201-mile (324-kilometre) race.
Motor racing -- and Dennis Hulme of New Zealand driving a McLaren had a comfortable victory in the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (March 4) despite a determined challenge from Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi in the last laps of the 201-mile (324-kilometre) race. Reigning world champion Jackie Stewart of Britain dropped out earlier in the race with gear-box trouble.
Peter Revson of the United States was third, and Andretti of the United States fourth.
SYNOPSIS: Motor-racing -- and almost one million pounds (starling) worth of cars being prepared for the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami circuit, near Johannesburg. Here, Ronnie Peterson of Sweden's March-Ford Cosworth.....
.....and Henri Pescarolo of France, number 21, in a March 721.
Jackie Stewart of Britain, reigning world champion, who later dropped out of the race at the half way stage with a broken gear-box after having led most of the way.
Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil....who was to challenge for victory in the final stages but only managed second in his black and gold John Player Special......
....and Francois Cevert of France, onto the starting grid for the 201-mile, 79-lap race.
Fittipaldi, winner of the 1970 United States Grand Prix, was first away, but didn't hold onto the lead for more than a lap. He was caught and overtaken first by veteran racing driver Mike Hailwood of Britain, in a Surtees-Ford-Cosworth, and then by Jackis Stewart. Dennis Hulme in a potent McLaren was there too -- always within striking distance of the lead. Fittipaldi dropped into second place behind Stewart, and Hulme seemed happy to stay behind them until Stewart dropped out. Then, however, he took the lead -- holding it all the way to the wining post to take first place at an average speed of one-hundred-and-fourteen-point-two-two miles-per-hour. (183.831 kph.
David Walker of Australia in a Ford-Cosworth-engined John Player Special......
....and Mario Andretti of the United States in a Ferrari. He came fourth.
Hulme.....racing towards the finishing line....now leads in the world championship table with 15 points.