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1976 South African Grand Prix

  1976 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1976 Formula One season

Date 6 March 1976
Official name XXII South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami
Course permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 320.112 km (198.908 mi)
Weather Sunny

Pole position
Driver James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Time 1:16.10[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:17.97 on lap 6[2]
First Niki Lauda Ferrari
Second James Hunt McLaren-Ford
Third Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford

The 1976 South African Grand Prix (formally the XXII South African Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami in Gauteng, South Africa. It was the second round of the 1976 Formula One season. The race was the twenty-second South African Grand Prix and the tenth to be held at Kyalami. The race was held over 78 laps of the 4.104-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 320 kilometres.

The race was won by Austrian driver Niki Lauda in a Ferrari 312T. The win was Lauda's third win in succession. He finished 1.3 seconds ahead of British driver and Lauda's season long rival James Hunt in a McLaren M23. Hunt's McLaren team mate, West German driver Jochen Mass finished third.

Hunt took pole position for the second time in two races, with Lauda alongside again. It was Lauda who led into the first corner, with Hunt dropping down to fourth behind Mass and Italian driver Vittorio Brambilla in his March 761. Hunt was waved through by Mass, and passed Brambilla to take second after five laps. Lauda led from start to finish to win. Behind Hunt and Mass, South African driver Jody Scheckter was fourth in his Tyrrell 007. A lap down in fifth was British driver John Watson in a Penske PC3 with Mario Andretti sixth in a Parnelli VPJ4B.

Two wins in season 1976 saw Lauda twelve points clear in the championship over Hunt and Tyrrell's Patrick Depailler. Likewise Ferrari was nine points clear of Tyrrell and eleven points ahead of McLaren.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Niki Lauda Ferrari 78 1:42:18.4 2 9
2 11 James Hunt McLaren-Ford 78 + 1.3 1 6
3 12 Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 78 + 45.9 4 4
4 3 Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 78 + 1:08.4 12 3
5 28 John Watson Penske-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 3 2
6 27 Mario Andretti Parnelli-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 16 Tom Pryce Shadow-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 7  
8 9 Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 5  
9 4 Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 6  
10 5 Bob Evans Lotus-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 23  
11 18 Brett Lunger Surtees-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 20  
12 34 Hans-Joachim Stuck March-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 17  
13 21 Michel Leclère Wolf-Williams-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 22  
14 22 Chris Amon Ensign-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 18  
15 24 Harald Ertl Hesketh-Ford 74 + 4 Laps 24  
16 20 Jacky Ickx Wolf-Williams-Ford 73 + 5 Laps 19  
17 30 Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 70 Engine 21  
Ret 2 Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 52 Engine 9  
Ret 26 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 49 Engine 8  
Ret 17 Jean-Pierre Jarier Shadow-Ford 28 Radiator 15  
Ret 8 Carlos Pace Brabham-Alfa Romeo 22 Oil Pressure 14  
Ret 6 Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 18 Clutch 25  
Ret 7 Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Alfa Romeo 16 Oil Pressure 11  
Ret 10 Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 15 Accident 13  
Ret 15 Ian Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford 0 Accident 16  

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 112. ISBN . 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 114. ISBN . 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 

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