INTRODUCTION: Motor racing, and French driver Rene Arnoux, widened his lead in the European Formula Two championship race with a good performance at Hockenheim, West Germany on Sunday (17 April).
INTRODUCTION: Motor racing, and French driver Rene Arnoux, widened his lead in the European Formula Two championship race with a good performance at Hockenheim, West Germany on Sunday (17 April). He came second behind West Germany's Jochen Mass in the 'Jim Clark Memorial', the third of this year's championship races.
SYNOPSIS: Jochen Mass and his March-BMW 722, had the leader's spot at the start. Arnoux, in car number 4, a Martini-Renault MK 22, was two rows behind on the grid.
The white March-BMW of Mass with the Number Two markings was in the lead from the start, but the others were close behind -- although not everyone managed to stay with him.
The race was in memory of Britain's Jim Clark, who was killed on this track in a Formula Two race in 1968. Tragically, a German driver Franz Abraham died in practise at Hockenheim on Saturday (16 April) only hours before this event.
Rene Arnoux, in his yellow Martini-Renault, led the pack for part of the way.
Arnoux was had on the tail of Jochen Mass for much of the race, chasing him relentlessly through the corners.
This circuit is the probable choice for the West German Formula One Grand Prix, following the refusal by drivers to take part if it is held at the notorious Nurburgring track. Seven grand prix drivers have died there, and they now rate it as too dangerous.
Jochen Mass on his final lap, and on his way to victory. His final time was 1 hour 21 minutes 20.4 seconds, ten seconds ahead of Arnoux. Italy's Riccardo Patrese, in a Chevron-BMW, was third, only a couple of seconds behind.