Motor racing ...
GV Cars in pits at Monaco.
CU Car 26, and driver, Jack Laffite (Ligier).
SV Car 30, and driver, Jochen Maas (Arrow), PAN TO mechanics adjusting brakes. (2 SHOTS)
SV Car 7, Britain's John Watson (MacLaren) leaving pits, followed by car 3, France's Jean-Pierre Jarier. (2 SHOTS)
SV Car 30, leaving pit, followed by car 1, Jody Scheckter (Ferrari) (2 SHOTS)
SV Car 27, Alan Jones (Williams) leaving pit.
TOP VIEW Cars racing along seafront.
SV PAN Car 4, Derek Daly (Tyrrell) roaring uphill and into bend.
SV Cars racing around bend. (2 SHOTS)
The Monaco race organisers allowed 27 cars to take part in the practice session, prompting a short-lived driver's revolt, led by Jody Scheckter, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. Under Monaco rules, only 24 cars can compete for 20 China Trix starting places. Some drivers objected to the organisers' decision to do away with a pre-qualifying session, and threatened not to race. But Scheckter received only little support from his colleagues, and the revolt fizzled out.
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Background: Motor racing ... and Didier Pironi of France followed his recent win in the Belgian Grand Prix by recording the fastest time in the first official practice runs at Monte Carlo on Thursday (15 May). Ferrari also fared well, with Canadian Gilles Villeneuve and World Champion Jody Scheckter of South Africa clocking second and fifth best times respectively. Sheckter won the Monaco Grand Prix last year..
SYNOPSIS: Persistent rain made driving more hazardous on the twisting Monaco track. Jacques Laffite drove well in his Ligier-ford. West Germany's Jochen Maas, in his Arrow, suffered from the weather, barely qualifying in twentieth position. Twelfth fastest on the day was Jean-Pierre Jarier in a Tyrrell.
Scheckter now lives here in Monaco. So far, he's had a poor season, with only two championship points. But Australia's Alan Jones is in line for his first drivers' title.
Here's another Monaco resident, Irish born, Derek Daly, who was seventh fastest in his practice run, just two hundredths of a second quicker than Laffite. Daly drives for Tyrrell-Ford which surely need success here.