British driver James Hunt set a new lap record on his way to winning the Graham Hill International Memorial Trophy formula one motor racing event at the Silverstone track on Sunday (11 April).
GV Embassy Hill Cars on transporter watched by Bette hill with tears in her eyes (2 shots)
SV Early racing cars around circuit while Mrs. Hill watches (3 shots)
GV Formula One cars on grid
SV Mrs. Hill with friend in crowd
GV cars start and through first bend watched by spectators (3 shots)
SV cars through bend watched by spectators (2 shots)
SV car spins and crashes in front of stand
SV first and second cars pass stand
GV rest of cars through bend (2 shots)
SV first car passes stand watched by spectators (2 shots)
SV cars pass stand
GV Hunt past chequered flag watched by crowd (2 shots)
MV Hunt presented with Hill trophy
MRS. HILL WATCHING PREPARATIONS BEFORE START: CARS ON GRID: START OF RACE: EARLY SPIN OUT: VARIOUS SHOTS OF RACE IN PROGRESS: HUNT TAKING CHEQUERED FLAG: MRS. HILL PRESENTING TROPHY.
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: British driver James Hunt set a new lap record on his way to winning the Graham Hill International Memorial Trophy formula one motor racing event at the Silverstone track on Sunday (11 April).
Hunt clocked 133.93 miles per hour (215.53 k.p.h) to post the new record for the 2.9 mile (4.6 km) circuit.
The 28-year-old London driver's McLaren finished 11 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Italian March driver Vittorio Brambilla, with South Africa's Jody Schekter finishing third in an Elf-Tyrell.
The 40 lap event does not count towards the 1976 world drivers' championship, but Hunt's victory was a strong pointer towards the next championship race to be staged in Spain on 2 May.
Hunt was under strong pressure from Brambilla until the Italian's tyres began to deteriorate in the latter stages. So fast were the early laps, that the leading pair quickly established a commanding break and Schekter was never able to mount a serious challenge.
The race was held in the absence of current world champion, Austria's Niki Lauda, whose Ferrari was stranded in Italy because of an airline strike.
Graham Hill's widow, Bette, presented the trophy to Hunt.
SYNOPSIS: The Embassy formula one car of the late Graham Hill was displayed at the Silverstone track in Britain on Sunday, before the start of the Graham Hill International Memorial Trophy race.
Hill's widow, Bette, watched the car arrive with tears in her eyes. The former British and world champion driver was killed in an air crash last November.
He had previously won this race, formerly the International Formula One Trophy, in 1962 and 1971.
The Embassy car was just part of a parade of some of the 70 vehicles that Hill raced during his career.
Hill's heir apparent, James Hunt, had the pole position for the 40-lap race.
And the 28-year-old London driver made full use of his grid spot and raced to an early lead.
Hunt was pursued by Italy's Vittorio Brambilla in a March.
The leading pair set such a fast early pace that third placed Judy Schekter, driving and Elf Tyrell, was never able to mount a serious challenge.
Welshman Tom Pryce was involved in early spin out but escaped uninjured.
Brambilla kept pressing Hunt until, the final few laps when the Italians tyres started to deteriorate.
Brambilla's challenge was so strong that Hunt was forced to set a new lap record of 133.93 miles per hour to maintain his lead.
Hunt's McLaren took the chequered flag 11 seconds ahead of Brambilla with Schekter in third place.
Mrs. Hill was on hand after the race to present Hunt with the trophy.