Former World Champion Graham Hill of britain won the two-heat Formula-One International Trophy Motor Race at Silverstone circuit near Northampton on Saturday (8 May).
Former World Champion Graham Hill of britain won the two-heat Formula-One International Trophy Motor Race at Silverstone circuit near Northampton on Saturday (8 May). Jackie Stewart, also of Britain, had a runaway win in the first heat of the day...when he lapped in his Tyrrell at a record-breaking 130.9 miles an hour...but crashed at the start of the second heat. The second heat was full of incident with Ronnie Petersen of Sweden also crashing. Hill, driving a Brabham, won the second heat at an average speed of 129.14 miles an hour to decide the event. It was his first major win since suffering serious leg injuries in a crash nearly two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Britain's Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell, and Graham Hill in a Brabham won the two heats of the Formula-One International Motor Racing Trophy at Silverstone on Saturday.
Other competitors included Jean-Pierre Beltoise of France in a Matra, and Emerson Fittipaldi in a Lotus.
The first heat of the day was won convincingly by Jackie Stewart who broke the lap record, averaging 130.9 miles an hour. Just after this second heat got under-way his throttle jammed and his car crashed on a bend, putting him out of the race.
The second heat was not without further incident. Here competitors exercise caution as they pass the scene of a crash which put Swedish driver Ronnie Petersen in hospital suffering from concussion and superficial injuries.
Towards the end of the heat the brakes on his March locked at high speed, and after the car had careered to a halt, Petersen had to be cut free of its wreckage.
With Stewart out, the Trophy now rested on the outcome of the heat, and it was Hill who received the chequered flag.
It was Graham Hill's first major win since being seriously injured nearly two years ago. Chris Amon took second place in a Matra.