INTRODUCTION: Britain has defeated the United States by a record 466 points to 345 in the 11th Transatlantic Trophy motor cycles series.
GV First race starts as crowds watch (2 shots)
GV PAN No. 7, Barry Sheene, round track followed by No. 11, Roger Marshall and No. 8, Dave Potter (2 shots)
GV PAN No. 30,Dale Singleton round track as crowds look on (2 shots)
GV PAN Barry Sheene first past chequered flag
SV Sheene receiving winner's laurels
SV Rider No. 8, Dave Potter and Dale Singleton prepare to start second race (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Start of race
GV Competitors round bend led by Dave Potter
GV Riders past stand
GV PAN Dale Singleton riding
GV PAN Dave Potter leading two other riders round circuit
GV Riders past chequered flag (2 shots)
GV PAN Rider No.15, Joey Dunlop, past chequered flag
GV & SV Crowd applauds as Dave Potter receives winner's laurels (2 shots)
SV & GV Singleton, on left, and Barry Sheene receive trophy as crowd applauds (5 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Britain has defeated the United States by a record 466 points to 345 in the 11th Transatlantic Trophy motor cycles series. The last round of this year's series took place at Oulton Park, Cheshire on Monday (20 April). Britain made sure of recovering the trophy for the first time in three years by outstanding victories and middle of the field team placings.
SYNOPSIS: Britain already held a commanding lead after the first four rounds at Brands Hatch and Mallory Park. Former world champion Barry Sheene, riding a Yamaha, stormed through to win the first leg of the two-race round. Thirty-thousand of his fans at Oulton Park are hoping he'll repeat this style in the forthcoming world championships in Austria.
Britain's Dave Potter and Dale Singleton of the United States start the sixth round of the series. Marlboro, the race sponsors, added 20,000 dollars prize money to any rider who achieved the almost impossible -- the winning of all six match races. America's Randy Mamola, the only man likely to achieve it, had to retire in the first race after losing his foot brake.
Dave Potter sealed Britain's victory in this final race when he romped home just four tenths of a second ahead of 19 year-old American Freddy Spencer, a rider with great potential.
Britain's most outstanding rider Barry Sheene received the Transatlantic Trophy on behalf of his team. His country now leads the annual series against the United States by seven to four.