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1978 Brazilian GP
1977 South African GP

1978 South African GP

1978 BRDC International Trophy
1978 US West GP
1979 South African GP
 XXIV  Citizen & Asseng South African Grand Prix


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateSaturday 4 March 1978
Start time14:00
EventSouth African GP
CircuitKyalami
Event FormatRace of 78 laps
Race3 of 17
Championship race300
Circuit
Laps78
Circuit Perimeter4104 m
Race Distance4104 × 78 = 320.112 km
Grid Format2-2-2-2
Pole PositionRight
First CornerRight
Track DirectionClockwise
Weather
WeatherSunny, Hot, Dry
Participants
Entries30
Qualifiers26
Finishers12
Championship Debutants
Keke Rosberg (Driver),
René Arnoux (Driver),
Martini (Car Manufacturer),
Brabham BT46 (Car Model),
   Ferrari 312T3 (Car Model),
Ligier JS7/9 (Car Model),
Martini MK23 (Car Model),
Automobiles Martini (Entrant)
MilestonesATS Racing Team - 20th Race Entry (Entrant)
Beta Team Surtees - 20th Race Entry (Entrant)
Michelin - 10th Race Entry (Tyre Manufacturer)
Parmalat Racing Team - 1st Pole Position (Entrant)
Rolf Stommelen - 50th Race Entry (Driver)
Team Merzario - 10th Race Entry (Entrant)
Wolf - 20th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Records Broken 1. Most 4th Fastest LapsLotus (16),
2. Most 23rd Fastest LapsVittorio Brambilla (3)
Records Extended 1. Most 10th Place FinishesLotus (27),
2. Most Race EntriesLotus (781),
3. Most 8th Place QualificationsFerrari (44),
4. Most 9th Place QualificationsFerrari (36),
5. Most 10th Place QualificationsBrabham (35)

Championships
1 Mario Andretti 12 
same
2 Ronnie Peterson 11 
up
3 Patrick Depailler 10 
up
 Niki Lauda 10 
down
5 Carlos Reutemann 9 
down
6 Emerson Fittipaldi 6 
down
7 John Watson 4 
up
8 Alan Jones 3 
up
 James Hunt 3 
down
10 Clay Regazzoni 2 
down
 Jacques Laffite 2 
up
12 Didier Pironi 2 
down
13 Patrick Tambay 1 
down
1 Lotus / Ford 21 
same
2 Brabham / Alfa Romeo 14 
same
3 Tyrrell / Ford 11 
up
4 Ferrari / Ferrari 9 
down
5 Fittipaldi / Ford 6 
down
6 McLaren / Ford 3 
same
 Williams / Ford 3 
up
8 Ligier / Matra 2 
same
 Shadow / Ford 2 
down

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 6Car 1Car 5
EntrantJohn Player Team LotusParmalat Racing TeamJohn Player Team Lotus
DriverRonnie PetersonNiki LaudaMario Andretti
CarLotus 78Brabham BT46Lotus 78
EngineFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8Alfa Romeo 3.0 F12Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
Time1:42'15.7671'14.651'17.09
Speed187.817 km/h197.916 km/h191.651 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led