Motor racing -- and South Africa's Jody Scheckter has won the Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari after one of the most exciting races this season.
SV Car No 16(Renault Elf, R. Arnoux, France) in pits (2 shots)
CU Car No. 26 (Ligier Gitanes, Jacques Lafitte, France) PAN TO Lafitte putting on face mask
SV Car No. 35 (Alfa Romeo, Bruno Giacomelli, Italy)
SV Car No. 25 (Ligier Gitanes, Patrick Depailler, France) heading for starting grid
GV PAN Start of race, cars rounding bend and along straight (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Crashed car beside track TO car No. 27 ( Williams, A. Jones) down straight and into bend
GV Cars round bend and up hill
GV Cars rounding bend led by Jody Scheckter in Car No. 11,Ferrari
LV PAN Scheckter over hill and into bend
LV Car No. 30, (Arrow, Jochen Mass) being pushed off track after breakdown
SV Niki Lauda out of car No. 5, Brabham, in pits after breakdown (2 shots)
LV Car No. 35 along straight with rear stabiliser falling off in path of other car. Giacomelli pulls off track onto grass verge
GV Jody Scheckter arrives at finish take chequered flag followed by Jacques Lafitte
CU Scheckter on winners' rostrum spraying champagne over spectators
Carlos Reutemann of Argentina recovered from an early pit stop to move through the field and finish fourth in his Lotus, after Villeneuve had mechanical problems which slowed him down to finish seventh. Britain's former World Champion James Hunt was close to the leader half-way through the race, but had to retire his Wolf after a burst rear tyre.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing -- and South Africa's Jody Scheckter has won the Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari after one of the most exciting races this season.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (13 May) the world's top drivers and their carefully-prepared cars were gathered at the Zolder circuit for the latest round in this year's season of Grand Prix qualifying races for the World Drivers' Championship.
They included this Alfa Romeo, driven by Bruno Giacomelli of Italy -- and championship front-runner Patrick Depailler of France in his Ligier number twenty-five.
In fact it was Depailler who led for the first twenty-four laps -- seeking no doubt to repeat his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.
But this was not to be. After being passed by Australia's Alan Jones in a Williams -- and then finding himself in the lead again after Jones retired --- Depailler was out of the race, six laps later after a spectacular crash.
This left Secheckter in front, where he remained to the finish. The South African now shares the lead in the Drivers' Championship with Jacques Lafitte.
Other casualties at Zolder included Jochen Mass in his Arrow and former World Champion Niki Lauda who retired his Brabham on lap fifteen with engine trouble. There was a moment of high tension when the rear stabiliser on Giacomelli's Alfa fell off in the path of a car behind him. But miraculously there was no accident.
So it was Scheckter the winner after a hard-fought race. Frenchman Lafitte was second in his Ligier and his compatriot Didier Pironi third in a Tyrrel, after a thought battle with Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve.