New Zealand racing driver Denis Hulme on July 23rd drove his Gulf-McLaren into first place in the Watkins Glen 60-lap Canadian-American (Can-Am) Challenge cup race.
New Zealand racing driver Denis Hulme on July 23rd drove his Gulf-McLaren into first place in the Watkins Glen 60-lap Canadian-American (Can-Am) Challenge cup race. Two seconds behind him over the line was Peter Revon, also in a McLaren, with Francois Cevert of France (McLaren) third. Hulme, a former world grand prix champion, has won more Can-Am races than any living driver -- a total of 21.
He drove most of Sunday's race without second gear.
SYNOPSIS: Watkins Glen, New York, scene on Sunday of a sixty-lap race counting for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup.
One of the pre-race favourites was New Zealand driver Denis Hulme, at the wheel of a Gulf-McLaren car. Hulme has won more Can-Am races than any other living driver - 21 altogether.
The start of the race!
Hulme, a former world champion Grand Prix driver, was quick to establish his challenge in the rebuilt car that he named 'The Nine Day Wonder'. The McLaren had been wrecked in an earlier race but Hulme had it rebuilt in nine days and flown in for the Can-Am.
His team mate, Peter Revson, in another McLaren was never far from the front of the pack.
As the race progressed, Denny Hulms and Pater Revson gradually moved further ahead.
And yet another McLaren -- this one, number 22, driven by Francois Covert of France -- moved away from the rest.
When the chequered flag went down it was Hulme first across the line, followed by Revson, with Covert in third place.
Hulme, who is trying for his third Can-Am title, later disclosed that he drove most of the race -- 200 miles -- without second gear.