The Annual Malaysian Grand Prix for Motor Cars, due to be held at the Batu Tiga Racing Circuit, near Kuala Lumpur, had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.
GV CROWD ON RAIN DRENCHED TRACK
SV OFFICIALS, UNDER UMBRELLAS, WATCHING TRACK
GV RIDERS ON GRID WAITING FOR START OF RACE (3 SHOTS)
GV START OF RACE
GV PAN RIDERS GOING INTO FIRST BEND
GV PAN GRAHAM KAIRL (NO. 2) GOING ROUND BEND
GV SHERIFF DYAN RECEIVING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
GV PAN TREVOR DISCOMBE (NO. 35) LEADING FIELD
SV TIMEKEEPERS MARKING DOWN RIDERS
GV PAN DISCOMBE COMING INTO LAST BEND WAVING TO CROWD
DISCOMBE WINNING RACE
GV PHOTOGRAPHERS CROWDING AROUND DISCOMBE RECEIVING WREATH
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Background: The Annual Malaysian Grand Prix for Motor Cars, due to be held at the Batu Tiga Racing Circuit, near Kuala Lumpur, had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.
But the race organisers managed to run the Grand Prix Motorcycle main event. The race attracted a field of more than twenty riders.
Trevor Discombe, of New Zealand, number 35, roared away from the grid on his Yamaha TZ-700 to take the lead. Discombe gained the pole position with some brilliant riding in the practice runs..... and maintained his form throughout the big race.
He was hotly pursued by Graham Kairl, of Australia, number 2, riding a Yamaha TZ-350. Kairl managed to finish third.
All-India Champion, Sheriff Dyan, was an early casualty. He went off the track in the 12 lap and ran smack into a safety barrier. He was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs.
Discombe covered the 50 lap course in one hour, eighteen minutes.
It was the New Zealander's third successful attempt at the Malaysian Grand Prix, having won the event in 1972 and 1973. This year's win earned him more than a thousand U.S. dollars.