The 1975 Race of Champions
was a non-championship Formula One
race held at Brands Hatch
on March 16, 1975. Weather conditions were unusually inhospitable, with strong winds, heavy rain and even snow showers during the weekend.
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 protestor against the Formula 5000 drivers– Emerson Fittipaldi
– was to qualify only 17th, some four rows behind the fastest Formula 5000 driver Tom Belsø
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
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