Lars Forsman of Sweden mastered a wet Victoria Park circuit to win the 16th annual Hong Kong International Kart Grand Prix on November 28.
GV PAN Go-kart Grand Prix start
GV Go-karts entering bend
SV Japanese driver H. Hirano pulling go-kart off sandbag PAN UP TO drivers in race
GV View of race from stand; GV leaders in race (3 shots)
SV Kart number 2 in lead Kart 1, also rest of drivers through whole lap
GV Kart number 1 getting winners' flag
GV Other cars passing finishing line
GV Crowd watching while winner gets laurel (2 shots)
GVs Press photographing winners (2 shots)
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Background: Lars Forsman of Sweden mastered a wet Victoria Park circuit to win the 16th annual Hong Kong International Kart Grand Prix on November 28. Driving Kart number one, he overcame tenacious challenges form last year's winner, Peter De Bruyn of Holland, in Kart two and from British champion Terry Fullerton in Kart 13. It was Forsman's second Grand Prix, having first won the title in 1979. There was steady drizzle throughout the race as Japan's Hirano in Kart seven soon discovered on sliding into the sandbag barrier. Forsman was quick to take the lead which he held for the first five laps. In the early stages he was followed closely by De Bruyn, dutchman Harm Schuurmann and A. Suzuki and N. Asai both of Japan. There was soon a change of fortune as De Bruyn flashed past on the outside of Foreman to snatch the initiative, and lapped a few competitors in doing so. But it was close going as De Bruyn and Forsman raced wheel-to-wheel round the twisting circuit. Meantime, former champion Fullerton was coming into contention for the lead with some well-judged driving. Stragglers were having to make way for front runners, and a determined Fullerton, who won the seventh and 14th Grand Prix on the circuit, was gaining ground, lap after lap, in characteristic fashion. Forsman sealed the Grand Prix in the 22nd lap when he shot to the lead as De Bruyn found the power in his machine diminishing. With the finish in sight, it was Forsman in his Briel who greeted the chequered flag in a time of 23 minutes and 59 seconds. For his win, Forsman received 30,000 Hong Kong dollars (approximately 4,500 U.S. dollars) prize money. Fullerton finished second and De Bruyn was placed third.