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Brand NEW Decal 1:20 Brabham 1982 BT50
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Brabham BT 50


Not since Fangio's great win in the 1957 German GP have pit stops during a Formula I race been deliberately set up as racewinning planning. Fangio started on half full tanks, stopped at half distance to refuel and to change all four wheels, then re-caught the leaders and won at record pace. The 1982 Brabham 'GP team, using the newly-developed BMW M12/13 turbo engine, decided that from the British GP at Brands Hatch, the team cars would start on half tanks, carrying only 32-35 gallons instead of 65 gallons in full race trim. At many circuits they also gambled on softer tyres, which afforded greater grip but would not last many laps under full load at the beginning of the event.

The mechanics practiced the refuelling/tyre change routine on many occasions but very rarely did they require their new skills. The powerful turbo engine was also very temperamental and on most occasions both teams cars were out of the race before the half way point.

The Austrian GP was the race that proved that tactics were nearly right when Ricardo Patrese, having built up a huge lead, came in for fuel and tyres to resume without losing his lead. The car only stood still for 14 seconds, as the mechanics, dressed in flameproof overalls,
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