Events on March 14th
Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.
The great "romantic" age of South American road racing begins with the start of the first Gran Premio Internacional. The running of this 2733.6 mile (4409 km) event from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chili was a rally which was won by Arturo Kruuse of Patagonia, Argentina, in a Plymouth.
Peter Gethin in his Chevron-Chevrolet F5000, won in the Race of Champions event at Brands Hatch, England. This was the first, and only time, a F5000 car won over the F1 mounts in a heads-up competition.
James Hunt won his second in a row at the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch with his McLaren M23.
He also set fastest lap on the way to victory. Alan Jones was second in his Surtees and Jacky Ickx finished third in one of Lord Hesketh's cars. This was also the race debut of the Ferrari 312T2. The cars unfortunately DNF'd. Lauda was out with a brake problem 17 laps in, and Martini crashed his in the warm-up.
South African Grand Prix at Kyalami won by Alain Prost.
Alain Prost set the fastest lap on his way to winning the event with a time of 1:38:45. He beat Ayrton Senna by 1:19 after they started 1 - 2 respectively on the grid. Mark Blundell in his Ligier finished third, one lap down, from his 8th spot on the grid and Michael Schumacher was third on the grid, but had an accident that put him out on lap 39.