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Behind the scenes on the F1 trail

A collage of images from the making of the BBC's F1 trail

On 29 March, BBC television will begin screening Formula One races for the first time in 12 years, but before that, viewers get a taste of the thrills and spills to come with a trail for cinema and TV

A scene from filming

Entitled 'The Chase', it is directed by John Crowley (who won a Bafta for Channel 4 drama Boy A) and depicts a classic movie car chase, but with F1 machines...

The cars almost touch as they race

...Or not quite F1 machines. Locally-sourced racing cars were mocked up to look like F1 racers in the BBC Sport colours of yellow and black

Deon Joubert in the yellow car

In the yellow car: Deon Joubert, a 42-year-old former touring car driver who now makes a living as a stuntman and test driver

Danie Sandenbergh in the black car

In the black: Danie Sandenbergh, whose biography describes him as a former wild-child turned fundamentalist fire-breathing preacher

A mechanic fixes the black car

Filmed over just three days in and around Cape Town in South Africa, mechanics were constantly on hand to fix the cars as vibration from the bumpy surfaces took its toll

Cameraman on the front of a car

The film crew described the main challenges as fitting everything into a tight schedule - and budget - and keeping the cars in one piece

The cars in traffic

The chase begins as the two cars wait at some traffic lights

Cars confronted by oncoming truck

One of the highlights comes as the cars round a corner to be confronted by an oncoming truck

The yelllow car

The climax of the film (if you don't want to know the ending, look away now!) features one of the cars flying over the end of an unfinished bridge

The climax of the trail

The scene required stunt driver Deon to bring his car to a halt 20m from the edge of the dropů

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see also
F1 - The World's Greatest Car Chase
04 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
Bafta glory for Channel 4's Boy A
12 May 08 |  Entertainment
Formula One to return to BBC TV
20 Mar 08 |  Formula 1

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