INTRODUCTION: The new Mclaren M26 grand prix car that World Motor-Racing Champion James Hunt crashed at a 100 miles an hour (160 kph) will not be repaired in time for the South African Grand Prix next Sunday (March 6).
CU PAN Damaged James Hunt's McLaren car at Kyalami circuit, South Africa.
SV ZOOM INTO CU AND PAN Battered car.
CU Damaged front end and tyres.
SCU McLaren team official speaks.
SV Interview continues over shots of car being towed away.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5) MCLAREN TEAM OFFICIAL:
"Well, we were trying to test the car this morning. We just made a few changes to it.
We only just started testing, and when James was climbing up the wall onto the straight, a bolt in the front suspension came undone, unfortunately, and came in contact with the wheel. The wheel is made of magnesium, and it actually carved a hole through the wheel, and let all the air out.......flattened the tyre.....he left the road."
REPORTER: "Will you be racing this car next Saturday?"
OFFICIAL: "No. No, we're going to send this car back to England now to be repaired."
REPORTER: "And what will you be racing instead?"
OFFICIAL: He'll be racing in the M23 -- the ??? that he's been racing all last year and the beginning of this season."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The new Mclaren M26 grand prix car that World Motor-Racing Champion James Hunt crashed at a 100 miles an hour (160 kph) will not be repaired in time for the South African Grand Prix next Sunday (March 6). The car, which Hunt ran into a fence and an earth-bank during testing at the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg on Wednesday (23 February) suffered severe damage to its body and front suspension.
SYNOPSIS: Hunt walked away unscathed afterwards. Mechanics later discovered that a brake bolt had worked loose and cut through the soft, lightweight wheel, puncturing the tyre. Later, Hunt said he was probably saved by protective fencing at the corner where he ran off. The fencing was erected after the death of Peter Revson, the American driver, during practice at Kyalami three years ago. Hunt will now drive his M23 in the Grand Prix -- the same car he used in his winning season last year. A team official spoke about the crash.