Austrian racing driver, Jochen Rindt, won yesterday's (July 5) French Grand Prix at clermont Ferrand in a Lotus-Ford 72.
GV Start of race
LV Pan cars round bend No 10 leads
LV Cars down straight
GV Cars round bend
GV Cars down straight
LV Cars round bend and towards
GV Cars past pits No 10 leads
CU Girl watching
GV No 10 round bend followed by another
GV Cars round bend
GV ZOOM car No 7 cuts in on corner
TV Car No 1 (Stewart) round bend and up hill
TV Cars round bend
SV Pan car 21 (Beltois) followed by No 6 (Rindt)
LV Car 6 round bend and into straight
SV Winner flagged through
LV Second and third flagged in
SCU Winner - Rindt receives garland
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Austrian racing driver, Jochen Rindt, won yesterday's (July 5) French Grand Prix at clermont Ferrand in a Lotus-Ford 72. It was his second successive Grand Prix victory and took him to the top of the World Champion Driver table.
Rindt's winning average speed for the 190.19 mile (306.090 kms) course was 98.4 m.p.h. (158 kph).
Second, seven seconds behind, was Chris Amon of New Zealand in his works March-Ford.
Jack Brabham, three times world champion, drove into third place in his brabham B T 33, breaking the lap record at 99.68 m.p.h. (160,936 k.p.h.) in the process.
For the first time in several years no British cars or drivers were on the front row of the grid at the start of the race.
Jacky Ickx of Belgium and Jean-Pierre Beltois, of France, both in 12 cylinder engined cars, had been fastest in practice. Both of them dominated the first half of the race. Ickx was closely followed by Beltoise for 14 laps until the Belgian had engine trouble and was forced to retire.
Beltoise streaked ahead and seemed certain of victory, but Rindt, driving like a champion, began to gain on him. He passed the French driver on the 26th lap. Beltoise had the misfortune to have a puncture. He came back into the race in ninth place, holding that position for several laps before returning to the pits to retire.
Reigning World Champion driver, Jackie Stewart, was also unlucky. After holding third place for four laps his car developed ignition trouble. He finished in ninth place.
Twenty-eight-year-old Rindt won a well driven race. He now has 27 championship points. Stewart and Brabham are second with 19 points.