• Short Summary

    GRAHAM HILL, THE 39-YEAR-OLD BRITISH DRIVER, ON SUNDAY TOOK THE LEAD IN THIS YEAR'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BY WINNING THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX IN MADRID.

  • Description

    GRAHAM HILL, THE 39-YEAR-OLD BRITISH DRIVER, ON SUNDAY TOOK THE LEAD IN THIS YEAR'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BY WINNING THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX IN MADRID. HILL, DRIVING, A LOTUS-FORD, FINISHED 16 SECONDS AHEAD OF DENNIS HULME OF NEW ZEALAND (McCLAREN-FORD) TO GIVE HIM A TOTAL OF 15 POINTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, IN COMPARISON TO DENNIS HULME'S 8.

    HILL DROVE A SUPERBLY SMOOTH, TROUBLE-FREE RACE, COVERING THE 191 MILE (306 KM) COURSE IN 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES 20.1 SECONDS. THE TIGHT TWISTING JARAMA RACETRACK, WITH IT'S 11 CORNERS AND ONLY ONE STRAIGHT, TESTED CARS AND DRIVES TO THE FULL AND THE RACE BECAME A BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL. EIGHT OF THE 13 STARTERS, ONE OF THE SMALLEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIELDS FOR YEARS, RETIRED BEFORE THE END OF THE RACE.

    AUSTRIAN, JOCHEN RINDT (REPCO-BRABHAM) WAS THE FIRST TO GO, IN THE TENTH LAP. BRITISH DRIVER PIERS COURAGE, IN A BRM WAS FORCED OUT IN THE 51ST LAP AND JOHN SURTEES, IN A JAPANESE HONDA (NO. 7) DROPPED OUT IN THE 74TH LAP.

    PEDRO RODRIGUEZ (B.R.M.) TOOK THE FIRST LEAD BUT HELD IT ONLY UNTIL THE 11TH LAP. BY THE 25TH LAP, CHRIS AND AMON HAD MANAGED TO EASE HIS FERRARI INTO THE LEAD AND HEADED THE FIELD FOR 136 MILES (218.8 KMS) UNTIL HIS FUEL PUMP GAVE UP THE STRUGGLE IN THE 58TH LAP AND HE WAS FORCED TO PULL OUT.

    IT WAS AT THIS STAGE THAT HILL ROARED TO THE FRONT, A POSITION HE HELD TO THE END OF THE 90 LAP EVENT. DENNIS HULME FINISHED SECOND AND REDMAN (B.R.M.) WAS THIRD.

    ONLY ONE ACCIDENT MARRED THE RACE. RODRIGUEZ'S B.R.M. LOST TRACTION ON A PATCH OF OIL IN THE 27TH LAP AND THE CAR HURTLED OFF THE TRACK INTO THE SAFETY NETTING IN FRONT OF THE SPECTATORS.

    RODRIGUEZ WAS UNHURT BUT THE CAR WAS BADLY DAMAGED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEU07L8WGVRZ1GK67W2HWFH8HY
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU07L8WGVRZ1GK67W2HWFH8HY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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