Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

It was one of those mag­i­cal, Sil­ver­stone mo­ments near the end of qual­i­fy­ing when Ron­nie Peter­son hurled his JPS Lo­tus-cos­worth 72D through Wood­cote on the limit at over 140 mph to take pole.

The next day the Su­per Swede led away only to be out-braked by the Tyrrel­lCos­worth 006 of Jackie Ste­wart into Beck­etts. At the end of the lap Jody Scheck­ter’s Mclaren M23 trig­gered a big ac­ci­dent and the race was stopped. Of the orig­i­nal 28 cars, 19 restarted and Peter­son was ready for Ste­wart this time, hold­ing the lead from the fast-start­ing BRM P160E of Niki Lauda.

Ste­wart was soon past Lauda but an at­tempt to pass Ron­nie at Stowe was thwarted by a gear­box mal­func­tion which sent the Tyrrell into the corn­field. Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi in the sec­ond Lo­tus held off Peter Revson’s Mclaren M23 for as long as he could but it was Revson’s day. He passed Ron­nie just af­ter half dis­tance but re­mained un­der pres­sure from not just Su­per Swede but also Denny Hulme (Mclaren) and James Hunt in Lord Hes­keth’s March-cos­worth 731, who were hav­ing their own bat­tle for third place af­ter Emer­son re­tired. In a clas­sic Sil­ver­stone-type fin­ish Ron­nie was 2.8s be­hind Revson with Denny and James al­most dead-heating for third place.

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