Motor racing....and Alan Jones of Australia has easily won an incident-packed Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid.
TOP VIEW PAN: Jara??? racing circuit near Madrid: race begins, cars along straight
LV PAN: Carlos Reutemann (car 28) leading around first bend
LV PAN: Reutemann leads other cars around bend and up hill
CU AND TV PAN: Spectators watch cars along straight in front of stands. (2 shots)
SV PAN: Group of five cars led by Didier Pironi (Car 25) around bend, followed at distance by another three
CU AND LV PAN: Spectators watch as Pironi leads on straight and around bend from Alan Jones (Car 27) (2 shots)
CU AND LV: PAN: Spectators watch as Eddie Cheever (Car ???1) pulls off track alongside two other stopped cars
LV PAN: Jones in lead around bend
LV: Jones gets chequered flag
GV AND SV: Crowd watch as Jones receives laurels and trophy (2 shots)
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Background: Motor racing....and Alan Jones of Australia has easily won an incident-packed Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid. Only six of the twenty-two starters made it to the finish after some spectacular crashes by Argentinean Carlos Reutemann and Frenchman Jacques Laffite. The race was marred by a dispute between the sport's governing body and 14 drivers who were refusing to pay fines imposed at the Belgian Grand Prix.
SYNOPSIS: Before the race even began three teams - Renault, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo - had dropped out. All were supporting the Formula One governing body and there were doubts that the Spanish race would count for championship points.
It was the Argentine veteran Carlos Reutemann in car 28 who led the field out of the straight and around the first bend of the 80 lap Grand Prix. Reutemann was to lead for almost half the race before crashing into a guard rail.
A huge crowd watched in blistering heat as the lead changed several times. In all, seven cars crashed and another nine had to pull out of the race due to engine or body troubles.
Frenchman Didier Pironi led for a short time before he too came to grief on the same corner that his team mate Jacques Laffite crashed on.
Pironi was just hanging onto the lead from the eventual winner Alan Jones in car 27 when he was forced out of the race.
Another driver who failed to complete the distance was Eddie Cheever. The extreme heat was partly responsible for the number of drop-outs with many cars having tyre problems as the temperature on the track rose.
Eventually Alan Jones was left in the lead. Despite gear box and temperature problems, Jones finished well in front.
It's yet to be decided whether his win will count for points which would put him at the top of the drivers' championship.