Motor Racing...and a number of leading drivers with Formula One experience were in the field?
Motor Racing...and a number of leading drivers with Formula One experience were in the field for an international Formula Two event in Buenos Aires on Sunday (12 November). South American drivers took the honours, with Brazil's Ingo Hoffmann winning the race and Argentina's Ricardo Zunino coming second.
SYNOPSIS: The race was on the six-kilometre (4 mile) San Martin Autodrome circuit, venue for the Formula One Argentine Grand Prix. Twenty-year-old American Eddie Cheever was the youngest competitor. He finished fourth in this year's European Formula Two championship, and was driving a March-BMW. His fellow American John Briggs drove a Chevron-Hart.
Here's the eventual winner, number seven, another March-BMW with Hoffmann at the wheel. Eleven of the twenty-five competitors were driving cars with a March chassis and a BMW engine, and they dominated the race, taking the first two places.
The home crowd watched intently as Hoffmann was pursued by local favourite Ricardo Zunino, one of three Argentines in the field.
The most experienced driver was Clay Regazzoni, the veteran Swiss Formula One driver. But no-one in a field that included former world motorcycling champion, Giacomo Agostini, could catch Hoffmann.
His victory was a compensation for a somewhat indifferent season in Formula Two racing -- he finished seventh in the championship.
Success of Formula One races launched many drivers into distinguished careers in Grand Prix racing...a precedent to give heart to twenty-five-year old Hoffmann, whose best days should still be ahead.