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    Belgian driver Jacky Ickx, driving a Ferrari, won the Dutch Grand Prix World Championship at Zandvoort on Sunday (20 June).

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    Belgian driver Jacky Ickx, driving a Ferrari, won the Dutch Grand Prix World Championship at Zandvoort on Sunday (20 June).

    Britain's Jackie Stewart, hoping to consolidate his position as leader in the championship placings, lost ground as Ickx moved up to within five points of him as a result of the Belgian driver's victory on Sunday.

    Driving well in conditions made treacherous by rain, Ickx took the chequered flag eight seconds ahead of Mexican Pedro Rodriguez, driving a BRM.

    SYNOPSIS: After a fifteen-minute delay, on a rain-swept track, the Dutch Grand Prix finally got under way a Zandvoort on Sunday.

    Among the first cars away were those of Belgian driver Jacky Ickx in a Ferrari number two and Britain's Jackie Stewart, driving a Tyrrell Ford number five. Stewart was attempting to clinch his lead in the championship placings.

    The wet track took its toll. For some, the extra 15 minutes' practice wasn't enough.

    Passing was Mexico's Pedro Rodriguez, driving car number 8 - a BRM. The conditions made the race a fearsome test of the drivers' skill, and cars spun in all direction.

    Jacky Ickx and finished second and third in two of the three previous races in the 1971 Formula One Grand Prix Series. Jacky Stewart, already holding top place, was trying to repeat his 1969 world championship win.

    But the British driver became one of the early causalities, spinning off the track in the third circuit. Although he managed to stay in the race, he could only finish eleventh -- and he picked up no championship points.

    As the race progressed, Rodriguez pushed his way up.

    New Zealander Dennis Hulme, driving a McLaren, was among the drivers fighting their way around the 2-and-a-half-mile-circuit.

    Switzerland's Jo Siffert in a BRM, suffered at the hands of the weather.

    The race soon became a battle between Ickx and Rodriguez.

    After one hour, 56 minutes and 20.09 seconds, Ickx burst over the finish -- followed closely by Rodriguez. Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni, driving a Ferrari, took third -- a lap behind the leaders.

    Ickx's victory put him within five points of Stewart in the championship table. His average speed was 94.062 miles per hour.

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