Motor racing -- and with a week to go before the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (3 March), the track record was shattered by some of the top drivers in the unofficial practice sessions.
CU Jody Scheckter of South Africa standing beside Ferrari (No.11) in pits
CU & SV Jean Jabouille in Renault Elf (No.15) receiving a push start (2 shots)
SV Girls watch as Mario Andretti walks with Colin Chapman (in hat) and others in pits (2 shots)
SV PAN Niki Lauda accelerates away from pits in Alpha Romeo
TGV PAN Lauda practising on circuit at speed
CU PAN Andretti drives out of pits onto circuit in Lotus-79 (no.7)
LV PAN Andretti on practice lap at speed
SV PAN Didier Pironi in Tyrrell car (No.3) on circuit
SV PAN Fittipaldi in Copersucar (No. 14) on circuit at speed
SV PAN Lauda's Alpha Romeo towed in to pits after being damaged in a spin
CU Lauda looks at damaged car
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing -- and with a week to go before the South African Grand Prix on Saturday (3 March), the track record was shattered by some of the top drivers in the unofficial practice sessions.
SYNOPSIS: Local hero, Jody Scheckter, knocked more than four seconds off the track record at the Kyalami circuit in his new Ferrari.
Frenchman Jean Jabouille, in a Renault, gets a push-start from the mechanics before getting the feel of the track.
The girls are never far from the international driving stars. Reigning world champion, Mario Andretti, was out of luck earlier this month when his car caught fire in the Brazilian Grand Prix, forcing him to retire.
Former champion, Niki Lauda will be looking for his first win of the season. The Austrian in his new Brabham Alfa-Romeo, was dogged by engine-trouble in Brazil and had to drop out of the race early.
Andretti is driving a Lotus-79 -- the British-built car which dominated the Formula One championship last year.
The American powered the Lotus around the track at a sizzling average speed of over 125 miles per hour (about 200 kilometres) -- three seconds inside the existing record.
Didier Pironi in the new 009 Tyrell. His team was hoping for Martini's backing after Elf ended their sponsorship.
Another former world champion, Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi,at speed in the Copersucar.
Niki Lauda's Alfa Brabham is towed into the pits after he spun off the track. But the car will be ready in time for the race -- the third in the World Championship Series. And it promises to be full of excitement, if the practice session is anything to go by.