French drive Didier Pironi has turned this year's world Formula One motor racing championship into a four-driver contest by effortlessly winning the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.
GV: Pit area before race with Didier Pironi standing beside his car number 25 (Ligier)
SV PAN: Mechanics preparing Rene Arnoux's car number 16(Renault)
LV AND CU PAN: Pits scene with Alan Jones in car number 27(Williams) and Saudi mechanic looking on. (3 shots)
TV PAN: First turn just after start, cars race around with Pironi leading from Jones and Jaques Lafitte (Ligier) following (2 shots)
SV PAN: Pironi, Jones and Lafitte race past followed by others
GV: Stalled car beside track, Pironi, Jones and Lafitte leading Carlos Reutemann in car 28 (Williams) and Arnoux around bend with other cars following.
LV PAN: John Watson in car 7(McLaren) pushed to restart
LV PAN: Arnoux races past
SV PAN: Reutemann races past
LV: Jones races round curve
LV PAN AND CU: Pironi laps other drivers and races for the finish. (2 shots)
LV: Official waves checkered flag and Pironi crosses line to win. (2 shots)
CU AND SV: Mechanic watches finish and Pironi with Jones and Reutemann on platform after cup presentation.
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Background: French drive Didier Pironi has turned this year's world Formula One motor racing championship into a four-driver contest by effortlessly winning the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. Pironi is the third driver to achieve their first ever wins this year and the Grand Prix season is only five races old.
SYNOPSIS: A 28-year-old Parisian, Peroni's debut as a Grand Prix winner followed his calm, professional and compete domination of the race.
Arnoux in a Renault managed only fourth but it gave him enough points to lead the championship table.
Australian Alan Jones in a Williams finished second to also take second place in the championship.
Pironi capitalised on a bed start by Jones who was the fastest man in practice, and at the first turn Pironi's team mate Jacques Laffite lay third. Throughout the race Jones could make no impression on Pironi who remained comfortably ahead. Carlos Reutemann in the second Williams kept close to the leaders and looked for a chance to improve.
As the 72-lap race near ed it mid-point the four leaders held their positions, followed by Rene Arnoux in a turbo-charged Renault. Then mechanical trouble intervened. Reutemann inherited third place when a brake problem struck Laffite's Ligier. Another driver to lose position was John Watson in a McLaren He rejoined the race after losing control.
Arnoux had a stunning drive in his Renault. After slipping to tenth place be battled back to fourth behind Reutemann.
Jones' efforts to catch the faultless Pironi continued to be fruitless. The flying Frenchman drove steadily to the first victory of his three-season career.
Pironi's runaway triumph brings to four the number of close contenders for the title. Arnoux leads, followed by Jones, Piquet and Pironi.