Motor racing...and Australian Alan Jones took the lead in the drivers' Formula One championship on Sunday (29 June) by winning the French Grand Prix.
GV EXTERIOR: Crowds in main stand at French Grand Prix circuit Le Castellet. (2 shots)
SV PAN: Car 25 French man Didier Pironi in Ligier leaving pits
SV: Frenchman Jacques Laffite driving Ligier in pits
GV: Crowd in stand
GV PAN: Start of race Cars down straight
GV PAN: Car 26 driven by Laffite in lead, followed by car 25 (Pironi) and car 7 Alan Jones Australia (2 shots)
GV: Cars racing around circuit.
GV PAN: Car 28 travelling down a straight
GV PAN: Pironi driving through 'S' bends, followed by Laffite.
GV PAN: Jones followed by Pironi and Laffite
GV PAN: Jones crossing finishing line in first place
SV ZOOM TO SCU: Jones on winner's stand receiving wreath
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Background: Motor racing...and Australian Alan Jones took the lead in the drivers' Formula One championship on Sunday (29 June) by winning the French Grand Prix. The thirty-three- year old Williams driver was denied nine first place points in Spain earlier this month because the sport's governing body declared the race did not officially count.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd turned out for the fifty-four lap race at the Paul Ricand circuit. Frenchman Didier Pironi was a top contender, along with his compatriot Jacques Laffite, who clocked the fastest lap in practice.
He roared away from the front of the grid and opened up a long lead over Pironi and Jones, and by the mid-way stage, Laffite had been forced to use his team's spare car when his race version suffered gearbox trouble.
Laffite later developed tyre trouble which slowed his Ligier. Alan Jones had already slipped past Pironi to go into the lead on the thirty-fourth lap.
Pironi also overhauled Laffite, but made little impression on Jones as the race moved into the closing laps.
For Jones, who has been racing for near only five years, it was his official third win of the season. If the Spanish race had not been declared void because of a power struggle between the constructors and the International Motor Sport Federation (FISA) he would have a healthy twelve-point lead on his rivals.
Jones now goes to the next World Championship race at Brands Hatch in England.