Jo Siffert of Switzerland and Brian Redman of Britain yesterday (Sunday, May 17th) won the 1000 kilometre Francorchamps race, giving the West German Porches an unbeatable lead in the world manufacturers championship.
SV PAN People round cars
SV Car No. 25 (Porsche)
SCU Driver Rodrigues
CU Man polishing car
GV Start PAN to rear view
STV Car No. 24 (Porsche) followed by No. 25 (Porsche)
GV Other cars around bend
GTV Car No. 24 leads two others around bend
GV Three cars around bend
SV Car No. 25 leads another Porsche around bend
SV Car No. 21 (Ferrari) refuelled in pits
SV PAN Car No. 59 around bend
Sv Car No. 21 away from pits
GV Finish with three cars past
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Jo Siffert of Switzerland and Brian Redman of Britain yesterday (Sunday, May 17th) won the 1000 kilometre Francorchamps race, giving the West German Porches an unbeatable lead in the world manufacturers championship.
Siffert and Redman, in a rad and blue 4.9 litre Porsche, won by almost a lap from Jackie Ickx of Belgium and John Surtees of Britain in a Ferrari.
Siffert and Redman's time was four hours nine minutes and 47.8 seconds giving them an average speed of 149.4 mile an hour (240.6 kms per hour).
Porsche have won five events int he manufacturers championship giving them 51 points, to Ferraris one win and 31 points.
From the beginning the race developed into a battle between the Ferraris and the Porches. After the first hour Ickx took the lead and held it for 11 laps-but he could not match the brutal acceleration and speed of the Porches and Redman passed hi to take the lead.
After the race some drivers criticised the Francorchamps course and there was doubt whether the Belgian Grand Prix would be held there on June the 7th. Today, however (Monday May the 18th) representatives of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association agreed to drive in the race and the circuit management agreed to put up additional safety barriers.