1975 Race of Champions

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

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

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 protester against the Formula 5000 drivers, Emerson Fittipaldi, qualified only 17th, some four rows behind the fastest Formula 5000 driver Tom Belsø.

A cluster of cars rounding Druids Hill bend in the early laps of the race. At this point, eventual winner Pryce's car (centre right) is back in the pack.

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 second 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.

Despite not being a Championship round, Pryce's win makes this the only Formula One race won by a Welshman.

Results Edit

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 16   Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 40 55:53.5 1
2 18   John Watson Surtees-Ford 40 + 30.5 10
3 5   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford 40 + 32.0 6
4 6   Jacky Ickx Lotus-Ford 39 + 1 Lap 4
5 1   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford 39 + 1 Lap 17
6 14   Bob Evans BRM 38 + 2 Laps 19
7 20   Arturo Merzario Williams-Ford 37 + 3 Laps 8
8 17   Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 36 + 4 Laps/Fuel pump 3
9 23   Rolf Stommelen Lola-Ford 35 + 5 Laps 5
10 51   Roelof Wunderink Ensign-Ford 35 + 5 Laps 18
11 35   David Purley Chevron-Ford 34 + 6 Laps 12
Ret 31   Ian Ashley Lola-Chevrolet 27 Accident 16
Ret 28   Mark Donohue Penske-Ford 26 Handling 7
Ret 3   Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 25 Engine 2
Ret 10   Lella Lombardi March-Ford 20 Handling 11
Ret 7   Vern Schuppan Lola-Chevrolet 18 Tyres 13
Ret 50   John Nicholson Lyncar-Ford 15 Engine 20
Ret 208   Tom Belsø Lola-Chevrolet 0 Accident 9
Ret 2   Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 15
DSQ 52   Tony Trimmer Safir-Ford 33 Outside assistance 14
DNS 21   Maurizio Flammini Williams-Ford 0 Accident during practice 21
DNQ 34   Teddy Pilette Lola-Chevrolet
DNQ 39   Brian Redman Chevron-Chevrolet
DNQ 33   Guy Edwards Lola-Chevrolet
DNQ 77   Dave Walker Chevron-Chevrolet
DNQ 32   Peter Gethin Lola-Chevrolet

References Edit

External links Edit

  Media related to 1975 Race of Champions at Wikimedia Commons

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