NOV 11th 2014

Video: 'Flat‑out and Fearless' – Villeneuve and Arnoux banging wheels

In the second of our series of clips celebrating next year’s FoS theme, ‘Flat-out and Fearless’, we’re going back to 1979 and the French Grand Prix at Dijon.

The race was a remarkable one for a whole host of reasons. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille won his home race convincingly in the Renault (the first victory for a turbocharged car), which was running on French tyres (Michelin) and burning French fuel (Elf). However, as remarkable as this was it has paled into relative insignificance, and all because of what happened between the two men fighting for second place during the last few laps.

The great Gilles Villeneuve was the only competitor challenging the turbocharged Renaults, and was fighting with Rene Arnoux in the sister car to Jabouille. Both drivers stepped-up to deliver one of the greatest wheel-to-wheel duels ever caught on film.

We won’t spoil the outcome for those who haven’t seen it yet, but even if you’re familiar with this epic piece of footage it’s worth reacquainting yourself.

Banging wheels, banzai overtaking, twitchy cars… All this, and Murray Walker’s commentating too! 

Did you miss our first ‘Flat out and Fearless’ video? Here’s Colin McRae attacking Rally Australia in 1997.

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