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Rothmans World Championships Victory Race
Brands Hatch, October 24th.
When the Mexican Grand Prix was cancelled Brands Hatch's idea of holding a Formula One race on the same date to bolster up the already heavy Motor Show 200 meeting programme seemed an excellent idea. The race was hurriedly given the title of the Rothmans World Championships Victory race and further light-hearted fun was added by the plan to have an Escort Mexico race for team managers. With these ingredients and beautiful weather on the day the meeting looked as if it would bring an ideal end to the 1971 season. But in motor racing the unexpected is ever present and death always lurks around the corner. As is now history, on lap 15 of the main race Jo Siffert's BRM P160, which had served him so well during the year, careered into a bank at an unlikely point and burst into an inferno from which the Swiss driver had little chance of surviving. That Brands Hatch day is now one we would rather forget.