With less than a week to go before the South African Grand Prix, all the major Formula One drivers and their teams have been putting their cars through their paces at the Kyalami track just north of Johannesburg.
EXTERIOR MV: Renault Elf of Jaboulle PAN TO Niki Lauda's Brabham sitting in pit lane at the Kyalami Race Track outside Johannesburg South Africa.
MV: Niki Lauda sitting in car as mechanics work on suspensions
MV: Elf Tyrell car up on jacks.
CU PULL BACK TO MV James Hunt seated in Marborough McLaren.
MV PAN: mechanic testing tyre pressures on the ATS of Jochen Mass.
MV PAN: Jody Scheckter seated in Wolf car.
INTERIOR MV: Andretti walking through John Player Special workshop
MV ZOOM IN TO CU Emmerson Fittipald??? seated in copasucar
GV: cars in pits
CU: women seated on guard rail PULL BACK TO MV mechanics working on Tyrell car.
MV PAN: Carlos Peuteman enters pit lane driving a Ferrari.
MV: Niki Lauda by pit wall Brabham mechanics.
CU PULL BACK TO MV Alan Jones drives out of pits.
MV: Mario Andretti watching cars from pits.
MV: Tacques Lafitte seated in car as mechanics work on suspension.
GV: Marshal pushing A.T.S. off track
While making preparations for the big race on Saturday, some of the top class drivers have found themselves in trouble with local traffic. Niki Lauda was fined 20 Rand (23 dollars) earlier this week after being caught travelling at 85 kph (53 mph) in a 70 kph (43 mph) zone in Johannesburg. And another driver, Britain's Dave Pollard, had to pay a fine of 50 Rand (55 Dollars) when he was caught in a speed trap in the same part of town.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: With less than a week to go before the South African Grand Prix, all the major Formula One drivers and their teams have been putting their cars through their paces at the Kyalami track just north of Johannesburg. Twenty-six cars will be taking part in the Grand Prix, which counts towards the 1978 world championships.
SYNOPSIS: Two cars which attracted??? a lot of attention, Jean-Pierre Jabouille's Turbo Renault, and Niki Lauda's Brabham, which he switched to after his move from the Ferrari stable. Former World Champion James Hunt was out at the track with his McLaren team, and Jochen Mass was there in his A.T.S. Penske.
South Africa's hope in this year's championship series is Jody Scheckter, who drives for the Wolf Team. The current points leader this year is, American Mario Andretti, with the Lotus team, two points ahead of Niki Lauda.
Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi in his Copersucar, took second in the Brazilian Grand Prix last month.
The Tyrrel team is pushing for a win with their two French drivers, Patrick???Depailler and Didier Piron???. The Ferrari stable now has Carlos Reutemann of Argentina as their number-one driver, in place of Lauda.
Allan Jones of Australia has so far performed well in his Williams car.
The Kyalami practice runs have so far notched up two crashes, but neither driver was hurt. First, Canadian Gilles Villeneuve crashed his Ferrari, after putting up the fastest practice time. Then on Saturday (25 February), Finnish racing driver Keke Roseberg crashed his Theordore Ford TR-1 at 125 miles an hour (200 km/h).