West Germany's Formula Two driver Manfred Winkelhock escaped from a spectacular crash during a European Championship race at the Nurburgring on Sunday (27 April).
GV Cars rounding bend after start of race at Nurburgring West Germany
GV PAN Cars racing down straight and around bend
AERIAL VIEW Race in progress
SV PAN Cars uphill and rounding bend(2 shots)
GV West German Manfred Winkelhock in a March BMW over hill, nose lifts and car somersaults, rolls and then crashes into barriers. ZOOM IN TO Winkelhock climbing out and then running away to fence
GV Toe Favi of Italy in a March BMW crossing the finishing line and winning the race
SV Winner Favi out of car and being congratulated
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Background: West Germany's Formula Two driver Manfred Winkelhock escaped from a spectacular crash during a European Championship race at the Nurburgring on Sunday (27 April). Winkelhock's March-BMW somersaulted and turned eight times, but the 28 year-old West German walked away unhurt. The race as won by Italy's Toe Fabi in a time of one hour eight minutes 08.51 seconds. Second and third were the two Britons Brian Henton and Derek Warwick.
SYNOPSIS: Sunday's race at the Nurburgring was the third of twelve which will decide this year's European Formula Two Championship. At this early stage in the competition the race is between the two Britons Brian Henton and Derek Warwick, who both are driving Toleman-Harts, and the Italian Toe Fabi in a March-BMW.
The race was run over nine laps of the Nurburgring's Northern-track, a total distance of 205 kilometres (125 miles). The europeans Championship has been ill fated, this season. Only two weeks earlier (13 April) Austrian driver Markus Hoettinger died at Hockenheim in this years's Jim Clark Memorial Race, which counted as the second for this years' title.
Manfred Winkelhock was luckier, although is crash looked devastating ...
The West German walked away unscathed, although is car was torn to pieces. The race continued and first across the line was Toe Fabi, second and third were Brian Henton and Derek Warwick with a time of one hour eight minutes 42.19 and 45.16 seconds respectively. They were about half a minute slower than the Italian. Fabi lies second in the championship, three points behind Henton who has a score of 21 points.