The 25th Monaco Grand Prix begins on Sunday, and if speeds achieved in the time trials are on indication - it promises to be a record-breaking occasion.
Trial runs in progress (NATURAL SOUND).
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: The 25th Monaco Grand Prix begins on Sunday, and if speeds achieved in the time trials are on indication - it promises to be a record-breaking occasion. Yesterday (Thursday), Jackie Stewart of Britain clipped three-tenths of a second off the lap record, and today John Surtees, Britain's former World Champion, sliced more than a second off last year's official record.
The rivalry between these two Englishmen leads some to express high hopes of England's chances. If they survive until Sunday, that is. When Surtees' time of 1 minute 28.4 seconds was announced today, Jackie Stewart got back into his BRM to try to improve on it.
But he crashed into a barrier near the casino turn. He was unhurt, but his car needed repairs. So did that of Lorenzo Bandini of Italy, the man who set last year's lap record. His Ferrari collided with a barrier near the Casino today; again, Bandini was unhurt.
Australian Jack Brabham, World Driver' Champion, had engine troubles with his Repco-Brabham, and only managed to clock 1 minute 34 seconds in Thursday's practice run. And the surprise winner of the South African Grand Prix , Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico, had the 19th best practice time of 1 minute 42.7 seconds. Dennis Hulme of New Zealand, again in a Repco-Brabham, was less than a second behind Stewart on his record breaking run.