INTRODUCTION: In the 55-lap Trophy Race at Thruxton, in Hampshire, England, on Easter Monday (11 April) Brian Henton became the first Scottish driver to win a Formula Two race for five years.
GV PAN: start of race and three car collision within first few yards and rest of field take off round first bend.
GV: car no 6 (Ribeiro) leading followed by No. 15 (Cheever), No. 17 (Patrese) with No. 26 (Henton) lying sixth and others.
GV: cars No.6 and 15 followed by others with Henton still lying sixth round bend.
GV PAN: No.15 leading No. 6 round bend.
GV PAN: cars through S bend - No. 15 leading No. 17 and No. 26 and others.
LV: No.8 stopped on course with smoke coming from engine.
SV: No.17 passing camera with smoke coming from exhaust.
GV: No.26 leading No.15 round bend.
GV: No.26 taking chequered flag followed by No.15
SV: winner receiving trophy.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the 55-lap Trophy Race at Thruxton, in Hampshire, England, on Easter Monday (11 April) Brian Henton became the first Scottish driver to win a Formula Two race for five years.
SYNOPSIS: The event started with a near catastrophe with a three-car collision within the first few-yards. But it put only one car out of the race, though many more were to drop out later.
The early lead was kept and held for the first six laps by Alex Ribiero of Brazil in car number six. Close on his heels were Eddie Cheever in his BMW powered Rolt - number fifteen - and Riccardo Patrese of Italy in number seventeen, a Chevron BMW. At this stage Henton was still lying back in sixth position biding his time.
But after the first six laps, Ribiero's car developed handling faults and he dropped back to second, while Henton began moving up the field.
Ribiero eventually dropped back to sixth position while Henton was threatening the leaders in third position. The race proved to be exceptionally fast, but of the 25 cars that started, only nine completed the course.
In the forty-fourth lap Cheever was to spin off the track soon after being overtaken by Patrese. Although he was able to get back in the race, the incident may have cost him final victory. It left the field open for Henton who soon took the lead. The Scot held on to it until he took the chequered flag, but the unlucky American was not far behind. Ribiero was third.