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take the chequered flag

To finish in first place in an auto racing competition. (Spelled in American English as "take the checkered flag.") Primarily heard in UK. Neck and neck right up until the final moments of the race, photo analysis revealed that it was Steinman who took the chequered flag.
See also: flag, take

take the chequered flag

finish first in a race.
In motor racing a chequered flag is used to signify that the winner has passed the finishing post.
See also: flag, take
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Other than Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Ricciardo is the only driver to have taken the chequered flag this season.
FOR the first time in Lewis Hamilton's Formula One career he has now taken the chequered flag for three consecutive races, even though the one in China caused confusion by being waved prematurely.
Dunlop had taken the chequered flag in the Superbike, Superstock and both Supersport races and needed to win the final race to equal Ian Hutchinson's five solo race wins three years ago.
FORMULA 1 champion Jenson Button has taken the chequered flag - for making the worst celebrity TV advert of the year.
It's nice to know that if I do finish second I will have beaten a Red Bull (Mark Webber), which is good," said McLaren driver Button, who has taken the chequered flag on three occasions this year, in Canada, Hungary and Japan.
OK, so a team of Rotterdam pensioners may have taken the chequered flag after beating 12 rival nursing homes, but so what?
Michael Schumacher has been on pole in each of the three races staged at the new Brick-yard circuit but has taken the chequered flag only once.
The red flag wwas immediately put out to stop the race but eight riders had taken the chequered flag including Archibald who beat Yorkshireman David Jefferies.
Hamilton had taken the chequered flag at Spa but a stewards' inquiry was launched into an incident on lap 42 of the 44-lap race.
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