Motor racing -- and Niki Lauda of Austria, returning to his home circuit at Zeltweg after a two year absence, has put up the fastest lap time in practice giving him the leading position for the start of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday (14 August).
GV cars leaving pits onto track.
SV James Hunt putting on helmet.
SV Niki Lauda putting on helmet and walking to car
SV Clay Regazzoni car no. 22, Ensign MN-4, followed by Jody Scheckter, car no. 20, Wolf, moving onto track.
GV car no. 11 Niki Lauda, Ferrari, leading field around track.
GV no. 1, James Hunt, McLaren, followed by car 36, Emilo Villota, McLaren, rounding bend.
GV cars over rise PULL BACK.
GV car 11, Niki Lauda, followed by Mario Andretti car 5, Lotus, round track (3 shots)
GV James Hunt McLaren, crossing finishing line.
GV cars off track into oats after practice.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing -- and Niki Lauda of Austria, returning to his home circuit at Zeltweg after a two year absence, has put up the fastest lap time in practice giving him the leading position for the start of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday (14 August).
SYNOPSIS: Lauda, in a Ferrari, put up the best time on the Zeltweg circuit on Friday in dry weather. James Hunt of Britain, the reigning World Champion had the second best time. Lauda missed last year's Austrian Grand Prix because of his near fatal accident on the Nuerburgring in the West German Grand Prix in August last year. Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland in an Ensign, was closely followed by Jody Scheckter of South Africa in a wolf, who went on to put up a better time. But it was Niki Lauda who could do no wrong.
James Hunt, Car Number One-a McLaren. The following day rain drenched the track and Hunt put up the best time but was still not good enough to edge out Lauda.
Lauda established himself as a strong favourite to win the Grand Prix having the added impetus of racing with his countrymen as spectators. A win would put him in a commanding position for this year's Worlds Driver's Championship.
Hunt was only point two of a second behind Laud's best lap time and said he was happy with the way his McLaren was handling.