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1970 Mediterranean Grand Prix

Gran Premio del Mediterraneo

Sunday, August 23, 1970
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Regazzoni, 1m23.5
1970 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive
The first race of August/ September "series" took place at the superfast speedbowl around the Lago Pergusa in the heart of Sicily. Once again – despite annual howls from the drivers that never again will they return – a good class field of cars (including works entries from BMW and Tecno) was there in search of Trophy points.

An attempt had been made to modify the circuit in accordance with what the Sicilian organisers had decided were the drivers' wishes: they had inserted a chicane with two right-angled bends of such acuteness that only one car at a time could pass through! Attempts were made both during practice and the race to disprove this dictum, inevitably culminating in wheel-to-wheel contact and flying glassfibre fragments.

The race was an exciting battle during both of its constituent heats between the Tecno of Clay Regazzoni and the very fast BMWs of Jo Siffert and Jacky lckx. Regazzoni won the first heat by 0.3 sec. from Siffert and managed to hang on to the Swiss BMW team-member in the second. Their credited second heat times were identical, so Regazzoni took an overall heat win with lckx third, only a further 0.3 sec. behind.