INTRODUCTION: The climax of the 15th International Go-Karting Grand Prix occurred in Hong Kong on Sunday (29 November), when the international team race was held.
GV Start of race with competitors rounding first bend
GV Race in progress, car No. 4 leads, No. 1 second
SV Crowds watching with national flags in background and race continues, No. 4 leading, second is No.1 (2 shots)
SV No. 4 leading
SV Flag signalling an accident
SV Karts passing winners' flag, No.12 wins followed by No. 1 and No. 2
SV Winner being garlanded (2 shots)
SPORT: GO KART RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The climax of the 15th International Go-Karting Grand Prix occurred in Hong Kong on Sunday (29 November), when the international team race was held. This year's event attracted over 100 drivers from 17 countries.
SYNOPSIS: Drivers from all over the world took part in the team event which was held at Victoria Park, in Hong Kong. The teams from Britain, Netherlands, Japan, and Australia were expected to be among the strong contenders for the title. In the early stages of the race the karters all seemed to be driving with caution and there was little jockeying for position. In last year's event the team from Britain won, but they did not show too well this time.
The race consisted of 20 laps. A large crowd gathered in front of the national flags of the competing nations to follow the action. The race quickly developed into a contest between the Dutch ace, Harm Schuurman, who had occupied the pole position on the grid, driving kart number 12, and Lars Forsman, the Swede, in car number one.
The only real moment of drama in the race came when one of the cars swerved off the course, and a flag was waved to warn approaching karts of the danger. But the event was not delayed.
It was Harm Schuurman, in kart number 12, who forged home ahead, closely followed by Lars Forsman, number one, and the Japanese ace Yasutoshi Sugaya, number two. Schuurman's triumph also ensured the team title for the Netherlands. Japan came second and Australia third.