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Race F : Werner pushes Alesi, Lyons wins !

Race F, for F1s that raced between 1973 à 1976, held its promises and turned to an amazing duel between Jean Alesi, in a Ferrari 312 B3 once driven by Niki Lauda, and Marco Werner, in a two-year younger Lotus 77, who started on pole position but not as well as Alesi who took the lead at the first turn, Sainte Dévote, and lead during the 15 following laps (out of 18), until he was pushed in the wall by his German rival, a treble winner at Le Mans 24 Hours but never a Grand Prix driver. This happened at the Anthony-Noghès turn, heading for the pits straight. As Alesi was changing gear, his beautiful red car was pushed in the wall by the black Lotus, whose driver had tried everything he could to pass him, but in vain. « I am disappointed, because I could do nothing to avoid hitting the wall. I am disappointed, because we were having a great race, but I will be back next year», Alesi promised on his way back to the paddock, as he was applauded by all drivers and spectators.

In the meantime, Werner was penalised and dropped to 3rd place, so that he refused to climb on the podium. After this major incident, Michael Lyons ended up as the winner, ahead of young Frenchman Julien Andlauer in a March 761 carrying Arturo Merzario’s name. The Cups were handed by ACM’s Race Director, Jacques Rossi.

 

 

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