Brought to you by TheJudge13 chronicler Jennie Mowbray
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.”
~Irving Stone – The Agony and the Ecstasy~
Zandvoort 1979. With only three races left to run in the season Ferrari drivers occupied the top two places in the championship. Jody Scheckter was in the lead with 38 points while Gilles Villeneuve with 32 points was tied with Jacques Lafitte driving a Ligier. The championship title was not quite decided…yet…
Villeneuve started the race from the third row of the grid with his teammate and main title challenger sitting right beside him. By the end of the lap Gillies had already leapfrogged those in front of him and was now up to second place, intent on hunting down Alan Jones ahead of him. He surprised Jones when he took the lead of the race by audaciously going around him on the outside of the Tarzanbocht corner on lap eleven.
Unfortunately he now had to traverse the entire lap before reaching the refuge of his pit box as he slid off just after the start-finish line. Initially he had three wheels providing traction to the tarmac, but by half lap distance he was relegated to two wheels as the right front wheel was floating in the air. The left rear suspension had been completely destroyed with the wheel dangling and bumping around without anything to hold it in place. He expertly managed to control his car and get it around the circuit…maybe his extensive experience of driving in the snow with minimal traction was paying off…
This was originally published in 2014 as an answer to a “Bar Exam”. I thought I’d republish a few of my previous pieces over the break…while I’m working on my next article… Jen 🙂