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1978 BRDC International Trophy

Overview

 

In only Keke Rosberg's second start in Formula 1 machinery he would take a surprise win in the very back-of-the-field Theodore Racing Hong Kong TR1. It would be a remarkable victory for a rookie driver, in a slow car, in torrential rain and against experienced World Champions.

Keke's against-the-odds win in this race would set the template for his career.

Qualifying

 

Unlike the race that would follow, qualifying for the 1978 BRDC International Trophy would be dry. Despite being a non-championship event the race had attracted a strong field, and Ronnie Peterson qualified his Lotus on pole with a 1:16.07, Niki Lauda took 2nd, Mario Andretti was in 3rd and James Hunt in the McLaren was 4th. Keke would qualify in 11th setting a 1:19.03.

Race

 

On the day of the race the weather had taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Niki Lauda and Rene Arnoux refused to take part and neither driver started. The rest of the field that had qualified did make the start with pole man Ronnie Peterson starting from the pitlane.

 

The rest coming soon.

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Extra Info

 

Emerson Fittipaldi who finished the race in a close second place behind Keke, and was driving for his own Fittipaldi team, would later recruit Keke to drive for the very same team a few years later. During the 1980 and 1981 F1 seasons, Keke would make 20 starts for Emerson Fittipaldi Formula 1 team.

Date: March 19th, 1978

Circuit: Silverstone Circuit

Location: Northamptonshire, England

Lap Distance:  4.724 km (2.935 miles)

Laps:  40

Weather: Heavy rain

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Race Classification - Top 10

Keke Rosberg

Emerson Fittipaldi

Tony Trimmer

Brett Lunger

Rupert Keegan

Hans Stuck Jr.

Derek Daly

Divina Galica

Emilio de Villota

Patrick Depailler

Theodore

Fittipaldi

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Hesketh

Hesketh

McLaren

Tyrrell

Full Qualifying & Race Classification

Pole:  Ronnie Peterson

Fastest lap:  Emerson Fittipaldi

'1978 F1 International Trophy... (Part 5/5)'

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