he tried to continue at the back but was forced to retire with the wheel about to part company from the car. Walker lost the lead to von Opel on lap 10 and then had to watch his teammate disappear into the distance as he had to drop back with increasing understeer. Mass was out on lap 10 with overheating from a damaged radiator caused by one of his incidents, Magee joined him on lap 15 with a spin at Esso, the Irishman finding a stone had punctured his radiator.
So it was that von Opel took the chequered flag from his teammate although Walker was fortunate to hold second after he had been caught by Kuwashima and Brise, the GRD then ran over the Brabham’s rear wheel slightly delaying them both. Walker then took advantage of of the slow Royale of Lee Kaye to ensure his runner-up spot, Kuwashima managing to get ahead of Brise for third. Neil Ginn crossed the line in fifth, the GRD driver having taken the spot from Russell Wood’s March on the last lap. Notable retirements included Williamson who had made it up to ninth before a waterpipe came off the hastily assembled GRD, Peter Hull who bent a corner on his Brabham at Druids on lap 14 when in sixth and Mike Wilds (Ensign) and John Bisignano (Martini) who took each other off early on in the race at Esso.