Swiss driver Marc Surer clinched the European Formula Two motor racing championship on Sunday (19 August) by taking second place in the final round of the series at England's Donington Part circuit.
CU Marc Surer (Switzerland) overall Formula Two winner seated in BMW before start. (2 SHOTS)
CU Driver seated in Beta waiting for starting signal.
GV: Start of race.
GV PAN Car No.7 driven by Derek Daly (Ireland) followed by other cars rounding bend.
SV Patrick Gaillard of France with split tyre leaving the race and driving into pits.
SV PAN Daly down straight leading race, followed by Surer in second place. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Daly leading with car No.27 with Armin Hahne of Germany overtaking Surer.
SV Spectators look on as No.7 (Daly) leading down straight and rounding bend. (4 SHOTS)
CU Lap board showing lap 65 - final lap PAN TO race order cars No.7, 1 and 8.
GV Winner Daly (car No.7) down final straight followed by Surer (No.1) for second place and overall winner.
SV Crowd looking on as actress Joan Collins presents winning laurels to Daly. (2 SHOTS)
CU Overall winner Mark Surer of Switzerland with winning cup.
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Background: Swiss driver Marc Surer clinched the European Formula Two motor racing championship on Sunday (19 August) by taking second place in the final round of the series at England's Donington Part circuit. He crossed the line just three seconds behind Ireland's Derek Daly.
SYNOPSIS: Surer in his BMW powered March 792 was one of the favourites to take the final round and the European title, although several drivers had enough points to be within striking distance.
Earlier there had been a false start...but the 26 drivers made no mistake about this one.
Ireland's Derek Daly in another March got away quickly and showed the style which would take him to the chequered flag more than an hour later.
The Chevron of Frenchman Patrick Gaillard limped into the pits with a damaged tyre as Daly flew down the main straight narrowly ahead of Surer.
At one stage Surer briefly lost second place to Germany's Armin Hahne driving a Maurer. While the duel for second place continued Daly set a blistering pace recording the fastest lap time with an average of 107-point-84 miles an hour (172 kilometres). Britain's Brian Henton who went into the final round leading the championship was put out of contention when he spun ten laps from the finish and had to be content with fourth place. But it was Daly who took the chequered flag with Surer just three seconds behind. Britain's Stephen South was third.
For Derek Daly his winning driver earned him a garland from British actress Joan Collins...and joint third place in the championship with American Eddie Cheever. For Marc Surer it was the Championship cup and the certain knowledge that he will move up to formula One competition.