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|
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
Despite not being a Championship round, Pryce's win makes this the only Formula One race won by a Welshman.
- 1976 John Player Grand Prix Year Book, Autocourse 1975
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