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Brazil’s lost champion? David Tremayne on Carlos Pace, the racer after whom the Sao Paulo circuit is named

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Carlos Pace, driver of the #8 Martini Racing Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo 3.0 B12 during practice for

Coming just 13 days after the fatal accident that befell Tom Pryce in the South African Grand Prix on March 5th, 1977, Jose Carlos Pace’s death in a plane crash stunned the F1 fraternity.

Handsome and quick, he was the archetypal Brazilian racing driver who followed his trailblazing friends Emerson and Wilson Fittipaldi to Europe. On his day he had the speed and race craft to beat anyone, and had proved it convincingly at the autodromo in Interlagos that would later be named in his honour when he won the Brazilian GP two years earlier.

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