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    Durations Pedro Rodriguez drove to unchallenged victory in a British BRM on Sunday (June 7) in the Belgian Grand Prix.

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    Durations Pedro Rodriguez drove to unchallenged victory in a British BRM on Sunday (June 7) in the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Only eight of the original 17 starters finished the course over the Francorchamps circuit through the wooded Ardennes hills. The race was marked by a host of mechanical failures.

    Chris Among of New Zealand was second in the race in an STP March, and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Beltoise third in a Matra Simca.

    It was a deserved victory for 27-year-old Rodriguez, whose last Grand Prix victory was in 1967. It was also proud come-back to Formula 1 racing for the once-proud British BRM. It has not won a Grand Prix since Monaco in 1966, but the new low-slung BRM P 153 was unrivalled at Francorchamps. the new car was introduced only this season.

    Amon went straight into the lead at the start, followed by the March Ford of World Champion jackie Stewart of Britain, and the Lotus Ford of Austria's Jochen Rindt.

    Rodriguez and Amon opened up a big lead over third-placed Jack Brabham at the half-way mark. But world Championship leader Brabham was forced to retire on the 19th lap with suspension trouble in his Brabham Ford. Stewart gave up also at the half-way stage with a burnt-out engine, and Rindt Pulled his Lotus-Ford into the pits on the 11th. lap with a broken piston.

    Graham Hill of Britain suffered a broken gear box on his Lotus Cosworth on the 34th. lap, and he too dropped out.

    From fifth place early in the race, Rodriguez whipped his car into the lead in the fifth lap. Second-placed New Zealander Chris Among nosed his STP March briefly but in front on the eight lap, but Rodriguez was quickly out in front again and led the rest of the way.

    Rodriguez, holder of the all-comers' lap record for the Francorchamps circuit, covered today's 384.8 kilometres(245.32 miles) (28 laps) in one hour, 38 minutes, 9.9 seconds, at an average speed of 241.308 kilometres per hour (149.94 m.p.h.).

    Amon, making a desperate attempt to pull up on the final lap, clipped 2.9 seconds off the official Formula 1 lap record for the track with a time of three minutes 27.4, seconds; at an average speed of 244.744 kilometres per hour (152.08 m.p.h.)

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