1975 Race of Champions

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United Kingdom  1975 Race of Champions
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1975 Formula One season
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Date March 16, 1975 (1975-03-16)
Location Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, Fawkham, Kent, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.206 km (2.6136 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 168.24 km (104.544 mi)
Weather Cold, Wet
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford
Time 1:34.9
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford
Time 1:21.1
Podium
First United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford
Second United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford
Third Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford

The 1975 Race of Champions was a non-championship Formula One race held at Brands Hatch on March 16, 1975. Weather conditions were unusually inhospitable, with strong winds, heavy rain and even snow showers during the weekend.

There was some pre-race controversy about the decision to top up the grid with Formula 5000 cars-eventually a compromise was reached where only those drivers with Formula 1 experience would be permitted to start.

Ironically the most vehement protestor against the Formula 5000 drivers– Emerson Fittipaldi– was to qualify only 17th, some four rows behind the fastest Formula 5000 driver Tom Belsø.

Roelof Wunderink made his début in the Ensign, whilst Tony Trimmer qualified well in the new Safir car (previously known as a Token) and Maurizio Flammini was a non-starter after crashing heavily in practice.

Tom Pryce dominated in appalling weather conditions from Jody Scheckter, giving the crowd a home driver to cheer in the absence of James Hunt.

The start was delayed as snow fell and teams had to quickly decide which type of tyres to use, but when the flag fell, Jacky Ickx surged through from the second row to lead. In midfield, Belso was hit and spun taking out Jochen Mass, who retired despite having minimal damage to the car. As a result of this incident, the decision was taken to bar Formula 5000 cars from future Formula 1 races.

Scheckter took the lead at the end of lap 1 on dry tyres and Pryce was soon catching him, having passed Ronnie Peterson and Ickx after a bad start on the damp side of the track.

In third place, with a strong home following was John Watson in the Surtees who gained the place having taken Peterson when they were passing backmarkers at Druids Bend.

Results[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired
1 16 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 40 55:53.5
2 18 United Kingdom John Watson Surtees-Ford 40 + 30.5
3 5 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 40 + 32.0
4 6 Belgium Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 39 + 1 Lap
5 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 39 + 1 Lap
6 14 United Kingdom Bob Evans BRM 38 + 2 Laps
7 20 Italy Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 37 + 3 Laps
8 17 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 36 + 4 Laps/Fuel pump
9 23 Germany Rolf Stommelen Lola-Ford 35 + 5 Laps
10 51 Netherlands Roelof Wunderink Ensign-Ford 35 + 5 Laps
11 35 United Kingdom David Purley Chevron-Ford 34 + 6 Laps
Ret 31 United Kingdom Ian Ashley Lola-Chevrolet 27 Accident
Ret 28 United States Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 26 Handling
Ret 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 25 Engine
Ret 10 Italy Lella Lombardi March-Ford 20 Handling
Ret 7 Australia Vern Schuppan Lola-Chevrolet 18 Tyres
Ret 50 New Zealand John Nicholson Lyncar-Ford 15 Engine
Ret 208 Denmark Tom Belsø Lola-Chevrolet 0 Accident
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 0 Accident
DSQ 52 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer Safir-Ford 33 Outside Assistance
DNS 21 Italy Maurizio Flammini Williams-Ford 0 Accident during Practice

References[edit]


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