Motor Racing -- and Austria's Niki Lauda drove his Ferrari to victory in the Dutch Formula One Grand Prix at Zandvoort in Holland on Sunday (28 August).
CU ZOOM OUT: James Hunt preparing for race.
SV PAN: Ligier Matra driven by Jacques Laffite.
GV: cars in Pits
GV: start of race.
GV: accident between Hunt and Mario Andretti (3 shots)
GV: Laffite leads Niki Lauda.
GV PAN: Laffite
GV: Lauda leading (4 shots)
GV: Lauda over finishing line followed by Laffite.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor Racing -- and Austria's Niki Lauda drove his Ferrari to victory in the Dutch Formula One Grand Prix at Zandvoort in Holland on Sunday (28 August).
SYNOPSIS: Lauda's win means he's almost certain to have sewn up the World Drivers' Championship.... it's a face that hasn't escaped the notice of Britain's James Hunt -- the current world champion. Hunt wasn't in a good mood either during or after the ace. That was because when the race started, Hunt was in third position. He streaked into the lead almost immediately, passing Mario Andretti's Lotus and Jacques Laffite's Ligier as he did so. At that stage, it looked good for Hunt -- but fate had already decided to play a trick on him.
Andretti in his Louts had pole position. He tried to get past Hunt's McLaren on the inside of a bend -- and the two cars collided.
Both Hunt and Andretti were forced to retire -- and both fell even further behind on the world championship table. Then, the battle was on between Austria's Niki Lauda and French driver Jacques Laffite, who was leading in the 16th lap.
In the 20th lap, Lauda snatched the lead and never gave it back to Laffite, who tried ??? vain to pass the determined Austrian's Ferrari. At that point, South Africa's Jody Scheckter was third in a Wolf -- and that's the way it stayed for the remainder of the race. Lauda drove brilliantly, and refused to be harried by Laffite, who was constantly on his tail. Lauda now seems almost certain to have the world championship within reach. He heads the table with 63 points -- that's 21 clear of second-placed Jody Schechter.