World Motor Racing Champion Alan Jones brought down the chequered flag in the Australian Grand Prix at melbourne's Calder Raceway circuit on Sunday (16 November) twenty on years after his father Stan, won the same race.
GV Steward waves chequered flag at start of Australian Grand Prix
SVs Cars leave grid at start of race and Alan Jones takes early lead in Saudia william (white car)
SV Alan Jones after first corner still in lead
GV After 5 laps Jones in lead followed by Bruno Giacomelli And Alfredo Costanzo
GV As cars come down straight Jones' car hits Giacomelli's and Giacomelli takes lead from Jones (3 shots)
GV Replay of shot No. 5 in slow motion
GV Alan Jones weaves behind Giacomelli ???rying to pass him, and them moves through on outside to take lead again
GVs Crowd watches as Jones drives in lead closely followed by Giacomelli as he comes up to finish (4 shots)
GV Man waves chequered flag as Jones crosses finish line and crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV Spectators watch as Alan Jones takes victory lap (3 shots)
SV Alan Jones speaking in English after award ceremony
TRANSCRIPT: JINES: "Well, Ladies and Gentlemen obviously it gives me immense pleasure and I'm very proud to have won the race I've always wanted to win and to me this caps off the perfect year."
Unless the current dispute between the Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) and the International Motor Sport Federation (FISA) is resolved Alan Jones and Bruno Giacomelli may be unable to compete in the same Grand Prix series next season. The dispute over who should run Formula One raving has sharpened in recent weeks. At the end of October FOCA announced plans for an 18-race series with prize money of ten million dollars in 1981 but FISA denied there was any chance of such a series taking place. However, by November 15, the eve of the classing date for entries in next year is established World Championship, only six Formula One teams has confirmed their allegiance to FISA. The Alfa romeo team of which Bruno Giacomelli is a member, has stated it is ready to compete in the FISA championship. Saudi Williams have declared their support for the rival FOCA series, and Alan Jones has proved to be williams' top driver this season.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: World Motor Racing Champion Alan Jones brought down the chequered flag in the Australian Grand Prix at melbourne's Calder Raceway circuit on Sunday (16 November) twenty on years after his father Stan, won the same race. Alan Jones was twelve at the time of his late father's victory and at the end of Sunday's race he described his win as a 'dream come true'.
SYNOPSIS: The 95-lap Grand Prix began with temperatures hovering around 98.6 F. (37 C). Jones was in pole position in and immediately took the lead with Italian driver Bruno Giacomelli in a Formula One Alfa romeo hard on his tail. The Australian driver was nursing a broken finger throughout the race but refused a painkilling injection in case it numbed his hand.
In the eighth lap Giacomelli and Jones had a brief collision that could have put both drivers out of the race but as the cars straightened it was Giacomelli who took the lead. The two Formula One cars were clearly superior to the local Formula 5000s and by this stage were already picking up back markers and dodging through the slower traffic.
The Italian driver lengthened his advantage to five seconds but with 59 laps to go Alan Jones made a sudden effort on the right-hand curve at the end if the pit straight. the Australian pulled through on the outside and accelerated away from his rival. Giacomelli slipped back over the finishing laps but maintained his second place. French Formula One driver Didier Pironi driving an Elfin finished third.
Jones created a new lap record on the Calder track with a time of 36-point-9 second. The homes crowd was obviously delighted with the Australian's win and Jones himself described his victory as the fulfilment of a lifetime's ambition.