A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out on Friday (3 January) to watch star driver Carlos Reutemann test his new British-built Brabham T44 car on his Buenos Aires home circuit.
GV Car wheeled out to cheers of crowd (3 shots)
CU Car (3 shots)
SCU Reutemann mobbed by crowd
SV Mechanics checking engine and replacing cowling (2 shots)
GV Car round track (2 shots)
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out on Friday (3 January) to watch star driver Carlos Reutemann test his new British-built Brabham T44 car on his Buenos Aires home circuit.
He was preparing the new British car for the first event of the 1975 Formula One world Championship -- the Argentine Grand Prix to be held on 12 January.
Reutemann -- winner of three World Championship races last year -- led the Argentine Grand Prix in 1974 ... until he ran out of fuel within sight of the finishing line.
Twenty three drivers have -- so far -- been entered for next week's race at the October 17 track in the Admiral Brown Park in Buenos Aires. The field will be led by 1974 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil in a McLaren M23.
The most notable absentee this year will be New Zealand's Dennis Hulme who -- as Fittipaldi's teammate -- won the 200-mile (320-kilometre) race in 1974.
The hopes of the Brabham Racing Organisation rest firmly on Reutemann's shoulders this season, as the team has suffered four years between victories.
Hopes rest, too, on the new car. Based on the 1974 model, it has undergone 142 changes for the new year. Among the modifications is a new and shorter nose section, a changed rear wing, a modified cockpit and a partly-re-designed rear suspension coupling. The car will continue to use the Cosworth Ford V8 engine. But Brabham's are currently working day and night to produce an Alpha Romeo 12-cylinder powered T45 (with a completely re-structured chassis), which they hope to have ready for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this summer.