Motor racing...and Jean-Pierre Jabouille of France has won his first Grand Prix event of the season -- on the Oesterreichring circuit in Austria.
GV Cars on grid for start of Austrian Grand Prix Rene Arnoux in front in Renault, race begins
TV Cars along straight and up hill
GV Cars around bend and through chicane
TV Cars around another chicane PAN two cars as they move around bend, and join in flow of cars along straight
SV Arnoux leading around bend followed by Alan Jones (Williams) on left and Jean-Pierre Jabouille (Renault)
GV Jabouille leads Jones around bend PULL BACK TO TV cars along straight
GV Derek Daly (Tyrrell) goes off track and ploughs through cornfield
SV Arnoux in pits for tyre change
SV Carlos Reutemann (No. 28: Williams) Emerson Fittipaldi (No.20: Fittipaldi) through chicane and along straight stretch
GV Jabouille alone around bend
GV Jabouille around final bend, takes flag and waves with Jones close behind in second place
CU Jabouille on victory rostrum, receives trophy and holds it aloft
Jones's second place took him to 47 driver's championship points, and eleven-point over Brabham driver Nelson Piquet of Brazil, who finished fifth. Reutemann stayed third with 30 points. With four races to go. Jones has strong chances of winning his first championship.
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Background: Motor racing...and Jean-Pierre Jabouille of France has won his first Grand Prix event of the season -- on the Oesterreichring circuit in Austria. Less than a second behind him across the finishing lines was Australian, Alan Jones, in a Williams. Jones' team-mate, Carlos Reutemann, of Argentina was third. Jabouille hadn't finished in the previous nine Grand Prix races this year, and was lucky his disintegrating tyres held long enough for him to hold off Jones.
SYNOPSIS: The unluckiest driver was Frenchman Rene Arnoux, best in practice but fated to finish ninth in his Renault because of constant tyre trouble. Along the way, Arnoux did set a new lap record of one-minute-thirty-two point-five-three-seconds.
In the early stages, Arnoux set the pace, but had to make three pit stops to change tyres. This was maddening and frustrating for the man who had earned the pole position with brilliant practice times.
Arnoux still in the lead, but Jones, on the left, was pressing his challenge, with Jabouille close at hand. Barring mishaps and mechanical trouble, the turbo-engined Renaults had the edge on some circuits this year; they've often been quicker than the more consistent Williams cars.
In the fourteenth lap, it was goodbye to Derek Daly of Ireland -- off the track and into a cornfield.
Here's Arnoux in the pits for yet another tyre change. AS his chances waned, Reutemann in car number 20, was striving for a place and big championship points.
Jabouille dominated the second half of the race, but his shredding tyres brought again over the last twenty laps. Despite vibrations and understeering, his Renault just made it. Driving tactically, Jones had reduced Jabouille's earlier lead from ten to less than one second. This was Jabouille's second Grand Prix win. He won his first in France last year.