• Short Summary

    Five people were killed when a racing car spun out of control and ploughed into spectators at the Malaysia Grand Prix.

  • Description

    Five people were killed when a racing car spun out of control and ploughed into spectators at the Malaysia Grand Prix.

    The cause of the accident is suspected to be a tire blow out which occurred on the fourth lap of the twenty five lap race for super saloons.

    Four of those killed were children, two of them sisters. Eighteen other people were injured in the accident. A police spokesman said the tragedy was the worst racing disaster in the history of Malaysian racing.

    Despite the accident the main fifty lap Grand Prix event went ahead as scheduled, with the Hong Kong based Theodore Racing Team taking line honours.

    Driving for the Theodore Team, Frenchman Patrick Thambay in car number five.....??? March 752.....was forced to begin at the back of the rid. However, making good use of his fine driving expertise he managed to weave his way through the field and by the fourth lap he was sitting ??? place.

    During the sixth lap, Thambay screamed to the lead after former leader, New Zealander John McDonald, retired to the pits when his car developed a metering unit fault.

    Steve Millen of New Zealand took second place in a Chevron B35 with Hong Kong's Albert Poon in third position driving a Chevron B39.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91H677F96J04VO2W2RM9GA1VN
    Media URN:
    VLVA91H677F96J04VO2W2RM9GA1VN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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