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Sports Betting: Motor Racing: Frentzen the each-way bet.

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS is the circuit of choice of most Formula One drivers.

They love the venue because of its fast, sweeping curves that, we are told, provide even these full-time risk-takers with an extra adrenalin rush.

Perhaps the only way punters could simulate that experience is to oppose pole position man Mika Hakkinen in today's Belgian Grand Prix.

But I would not want to hurtle through the famed Eau Rouge corner at full throttle and neither would I want to oppose the 6-5 Finn.

Hakkinen yesterday landed Sports Betting's 2-1 tip that he would take the top spot on the grid and, even though this is not a track where he has traditionally fared well, he is on the crest of a wave after two wins and two second places in the last four races.

Assuming he makes a clean getaway, the slower cars of Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button are likely to hamper Hakkinen's chief rivals Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard in the opening laps allowing the McLaren man to scoot clear.

Baring mechanical failures or mistakes, which are rare with the Finn, he looks a solid favourite.

Punters wanting a run for their money at much bigger odds should consider the 66-1 Surrey offer about Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the second Jordan.

The German has finished in the top four at Spa in each of the past three seasons and his qualifying position was hindered by a running battle with Coulthard which left them both further down the grid than their speed merited.

It is safe to assume that Frentzen's car is as quick as team-mate Trulli's and, at four times the odds, he rates an each-way dabble.

The Jordan man can also be backed at 8-11 in Hills' match against BAR's Jacques Ville-neuve and at 7-4 with Ladbrokes to finish in the points.

The Ferrari of former 1-8 world title favourite Michael Schumacher once again failed to get in a real blow in qualifying, while his team-mate Rubens Barrichello will need to repeat his 80-1 heroics at Hockenheim a month ago to figure from 10th on the grid.

Barrichello took advantage of heavy rain and a track invasion by a spectator that day, and with the regular Spa rain an absentee from the forecast for today, he is probably best swerved this time at just 33-1.

2000 FORMULA ONE FORMGUIDE

Total points

AUSTRALIA 12/3

BRAZIL 26/3

SAN MARINO 9/4

BRITAIN 23/4

SPAIN 7/5

EUROPE 21/5

MONACO 4/6

CANADA 18/6

FRANCE 1/7

AUSTRIA 15/7

GERMANY 29/7

HUNGARY 13/8

M Hakkinen McLaren 64 L18 L30 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 6th 4th 2nd

1st 2nd 1st

M Schumacher Ferrari 62 1st 1st 1st 3rd 5th 1st L55 1st L58 L1 L1 2nd

D Coulthard McLaren 58 L11 DQ* 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 7th 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd

R Barrichello Ferrari 49 2nd L27 4th L35 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 4th

G Fisichella Benetton 18 5th 2nd 11th 7th 9th 5th 3rd 3rd 9th L1 L1 L31

R Schumacher Williams 16 3rd 5th L45 4th 4th L29 L37 14th 5th L52 7th 5th

J Villeneuve BAR 11 4th L16 5th L56 L21 L46 7th 15th 4th 4th 8th 12th

J Button Williams 8 L46 6th L5 5th L61 L62 L16 11th 8th 5th 4th 9th

H-H Frentzen Jordan 6 L39 3rd L4 L54 6th L2 L70 L32 7th L4 L39 6th

J Trulli Jordan 6 L35 4th L58 6th 12th L1 L36 6th 6th L1 9th 7th

M Salo Sauber 6 DQ* DNS 6th 8th 7th L27 5th L42 10th 6th 5th 10th

E Irvine Jaguar 3 L6 L20 7th 13th 11th L29 4th 13th 13th DNS 10th 8th

J Verstappen Arrows 2 L16 7th 14th L20 L25 L29 L60 5th L25 L14 L39 13th

P de la Rosa Arrows 2 L6 8th L49 L26 L1 6th DNS L48 L45 L32 6th 16th

R Zonta BAR 1 6th 9th 12th L36 8th L51 L48 8th L16 L58 L37 14th

A Wurz Benetton 0 7th L6 9th 9th 10th L61 L18 9th L34 10th L31 11th

M Gene Minardi 0 8th L31 L5 14th 14th L47 L21 16th 15th 8th L33 15th

N Heidfeld Prost 0 9th L9 L22 L51 16th DNS 8th L34 12th L41 L40 L22

P Diniz Sauber 0 L41 DNS 8th 11th L0 7th L30 10th 11th 9th L29 L62

G Mazzacane Minardi 0 L40 10th 13th 15th 15th 8th L22 12th L31 12th 11th L68

J Alesi Prost 0 L27 L11 L25 10th L1 9th L29 14th 14th L41 L29 L11

J Herbert Jaguar 0 L1 L51 10th 12th 13th L61 9th L14 L20 7th L12 L67

Championship scoring: 1st 10pts, 2nd 6pts, 3rd 4pts, 4th 3pts, 5th 2pts, 6th 1pt.

Key: Number preceded by L = laps completed (i.e. L27 =completed 27 laps); DNS = did not start; DQ= disqualified. *Salo disqualified from sixth in Australia, Coulthard from second in Brazil.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2000
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