INTRODUCTION: South African driver, Jody Scheckter, increased his lead in the world motor racing championships on Sunday (22 May) when he narrowly won the Monaco Grand Prix.
GV: start of 1977 Monaco Grand prix motor race, cars past camera and through chicane.
SV: leading cars through bend. (2 shots)
SV: car number 20, Jody Scheketer's Wolf-Ford leading from cars 7 and 12.
SV: tail-enders around bend and into straight
SV: cars around circuits. (2 shots)
SV: Scheckter leading from Niki Lauda (Ferrari) around final bends and receiving chequered flag. (3 shots)
SV: Scheckter holding trophy.
Scheckter's win was also the 100th Grand Prix win for a car powered by the Cosworth-Ford engine.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South African driver, Jody Scheckter, increased his lead in the world motor racing championships on Sunday (22 May) when he narrowly won the Monaco Grand Prix.
SYNOPSIS: Scheckter started in second place on the grid in his Wolf-Ford, but took command from the start, surging past the gird leader, John Watson in a Brabham-Alfa, Watson chased Scheckter hard in second place, but had to retire, on the 48th lap of the 76-lap race when his gearbox packed up. Current world champion, James Hunt, who's having a disappointing season, retired earlier with engine trouble.
The narrow, twisting Monaco circuit forces drivers to change gear about 25 times a lap, and gear trouble and overheating caused several of the retirements. only 12 of the 20 starters covered the full distance of 251.7 kilometres (156.4 miles).
Both Patrick Depailler in an Elf-Tyrrell and Gunnar Nilsson in a John Player Special retired with gearbox trouble, while Ronnie Petersen in another Elf-Tyrrell had brake problems. Scheckter himself reported fuel surge problems and said his engine had actually stopped on the second-last lap, allowing Niki Lauda in a Ferrari to close up on him.
However, Scheckter's car restarted and he crossed the finish line only a second ahead of Lauda, with Lauda's teammate Carlos Reutemann, third. It was Scheckter's second win of the season and he is now seven points ahead of Lauda in the championship table, with Reutemann third two points behind Lauda.