The British driver, Bob Evans, driving a Lola T332-Chevrolet, won the Rothmans 5,000 European Championship motor-race at Brands Hatch near London on Monday (15 April).
GV Cars n starting grid and away (2 shots)
GV Cars round bend
GTV Cars round S-bend
SV PAN Evans in lead ZOOM OUT TO others following round bend
GV ZOOM IN ON Evans in No. 9 lapping No. 4 and passing behind trees to emeerge in lead
GV Lap record and time board
GV Evans crossing finish line followed by Redman No. 66
SV Evans wearing garland flanked by two girls and kissing them
SV Evans with Redman waving to crowds
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SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: The British driver, Bob Evans, driving a Lola T332-Chevrolet, won the Rothmans 5,000 European Championship motor-race at Brands Hatch near London on Monday (15 April). He took the lead from the start and clung onto it throughout the race, in spite of strong challenges from Mike Wilds driving a March-Chevrolet 74A and Brian Redman in another Lola.
After Oheir jockeying, it was Redman who was finally flagged in second, with Wilds falling back, letting Ian Ashley, also in a Lola come third. The three major place-getters were all British.
A dry track brought high speeds from the cars, and Redman set a new lap record for this class of 43.8 seconds -- an average lap speed of 101.92 miles per hour (163.03 kms per hour). Evans' winning time was 44 minutes 59.9 seconds -- which was an average speed of 99.2 miles per hour (159.5 kms per hour).
His win takes him from sixth to fourth place in the overall points table for the European 5,000 Championship. Redman still holds the overall lead in the 23-race series with eighteen more races to go.
More than GBP 7,000 of prize money went to today's winners -- the Championship overall is worth almost 2 1/4-million to the competitors.