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The Race of Champions and other events
Brands Hatch, March 16th
The season "opener" saw a small but varied entry for the combined F1 and F5000 race over 40 laps of the full circuit at Brands Hatch. It gave the opportunity for some of the stars to appear before the British public, and some newcomers the opportunity to try their hand at Formula One. In appalling conditions of cold and damp, practice saw only one non-starter in the form of Schuppan's projected March 741, but two cars had accidents which made the entry begin to look a bit thin. Those were Nicholson's Lyncar-Cosworth V8 and Flammini in Frank Williams' second car. While the Lyncar was repairable the Williams was not, and FW/02 (or IR/02 as it used to be called) had to return home for a complete rebuild around a new monocoque chassis.The F5000 cars practiced on their own, then had a 35-lap race of their own,and the four fastest were allowed to join the select band of Formula One cars for Sunday's big event.