South African driver Jody Scheckter thrilled 100,000 highly partisan spectators on Saturday (1 March) by winning the South African Grand Prix at the Kyalami track near Johannesburg.
GTV Cars lined up and leaving start
TV Cars thinning out as they round bend into straight
TV Cars down straight and into bend with No. 3 (Scheckter)
Tv No. 3 in lead followed by two others
TV PAN ALONG new safety barrier
GV Cars rounding bend
TV Car No. 10 with woman drivers Lombardi leaving pit after stop
GTV Scheckter followed by Reutemann & Depaillier
SV Cars round bend and into straight
TV Scheckter and Reutemann down straight
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GTV PAN Scheckter at finish PAN TO Crowd
SCU Scheckter receiving prize and spraying champagne over crowd
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: South African driver Jody Scheckter thrilled 100,000 highly partisan spectators on Saturday (1 March) by winning the South African Grand Prix at the Kyalami track near Johannesburg.
Scheckter moved into the lead on the second of the 78 laps and was never overtaken in driving his Elf Tyrrell to victory.
But it was by no means a runaway wins Argentina's Carlos Reutemann, driving a Brabham, maintained a determined, consistent challenge to finish second, and Scheckter said after the race: "It was difficult the whole time. Reutemann drove a fantastic race, and at times I was forced to just not give him the right to way."
In third place was Patrick Depaillier of France, in the second of the Elf Tyrrells, with Brazilian Carlos Pace Fourth in another Brabham.
And that was the story of the race, as the Elf Tyrrell and Brabham teams dominated the action around the 2.45-mile (3.94-kilometre) Kyalami track.
World champion Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil, in fourth place when forced to make a pit-stop because of engine trouble on the 37th lap, never again posed a serious challenge.
The first woman to take part in a championship race in 15 years -- Lella Lombardi of Italy -- also had engine problems and retired at the halfway mark.
Scheckter's time was one hour, 43 minutes, 16.90 seconds -- an average speed of 111.5 miles (185.897 kilometres) an hour, and his victory boosted him into fourth place -- behind Fittipaldi, Pace and Reutemann -- in the World Drivers' Championships standings.