INTRODUCTION: South African motor racing authorities are going ahead with preparations for their Formula One Grand Prix at Kyalami on February 7, despite continuing argument over the status of the race.
LV PAN & SV Workmen putting finishing touches to stands and signs at Kyalami racetrack. (2 SHOTS)
SV Men on ladders working on buildings. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Men repairing roof of building at trackside.
CU Mr. Andre Bruysn, race organiser, interviewed by Kevin Hamilton.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ 4: HAMILTON: "What is the status of the Grand Prix as far as you're concerned?"
BRUYNS: "Well our position has never changed on this subject. We have always believed, and have always said, that it is a World Championship event. Our attorneys have taken legal advice and they have been working virtually around the clock with people in London, and in Paris in fact, to try and sort out the political issues. Clearly, the FISA-FOCA thing is beyond our control. The High Court ruling in England, the injunction which was granted, specifies that it is a World Championship event and we're going to fulfil our part of the contract and FOCA have indicated that they're fulfilling their part of the contract."
HAMILTON: "Are the FISA cars coming?
BRUYNS: "At this point in time it doesn't look like it. We have been told on numerous occasions, we've been in direct contract with them, we've invited all of them to come along, they have made it very clear that they'd like to come here. You can imagine the turbo-charged cars would clearly like to come, I know that. But I think until such time as FISA take an official stand on the subject I think they can't go out on a limb."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
FORMULA ONE CONSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION COMMERCIAL SALE TO BE CLEARED WITH ALEC WHITTAKER OF FOCA.
REPORTER: KEVIN HAMILTON
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South African motor racing authorities are going ahead with preparations for their Formula One Grand Prix at Kyalami on February 7, despite continuing argument over the status of the race. The standing of the South African event has been in doubt because of a lengthy dispute between the International Motor Sport Federation (FISA), the governing body, and the Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA).
SYNOPSIS: Grand Prix constructors are split between those wanting FISA to retain technical, financial and administrative control of the sport, and those backing FOCA's takeover bid. On January 19 major manufacturers agreed on a peace formula with FOCA, but the solution has still to be approved by FISA's Executive. Meanwhile FISA officials insist the South African Grand Prix will not count towards the World Championship unless it is switched to April. On Friday (30 January) Kyalami promoter Andre Bruyns commented on the dispute.