This week in motor sport – April 10


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring birthdays for two greats of the sport 

April 10

1929: Mike Hawthorn, the Yorkshire lad who conquered the world, is born. In profile

1983: Keke Rosberg wins the final Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Report

April 11

1926: Pete Lovely is born. In profile

1993: Ayrton Senna dominates and produces one of the most memorable opening laps in Formula 1 history (not forgetting Rubens Barrichello behind…). Report

April 12

1917: Robert Manzon, prolific post-war GP racer, is born. In profile

1942: Carlos Reutemann is born. In profile

1961: F2’s youngest champion, Corrado Fabi is born. In profile

1962: Double Le Mans winner Ron Flockhart dies in an aircraft accident. In profile

1981: Nelson Piquet eases to victory in Argentina. Report

1987: Alan Prost’s victory is ‘a joy to behold’ in Brazil. Report

April 13

1877: Twice French Grand Prix victor Christian Lautenschlager is born. In profile

1931: Dan Gurney (below) is born. In profile

1940: Grand Prix racer Mike Beuttler is born. In profile

1949: British F1 race-winner, and one time Mallory Park lap record holder, Ricardo Zunino is born. In profile 

1986: Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell duel over the Spanish Grand Prix win. Report

April 14

1943: Targa Florio winner Toine Hezemans is born. Career in numbers

April 15

1928: Pre-war great Pietro Bordino dies following a freak accident at Alessandria. In profile

1967: Jack Brabham wins the Oulton Park Gold Cup. Report

1979: Gilles Villeneuve wins the rearranged Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Report

April 16

1879: Léon Théry, motor sport’s earliest star, is born. In profile

1972: Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti claim their third win in a row, winning the Brands Hatch 1000kms. Report

1988: Jose Dolhelm, close friend and half-brother of Didier Pironi, dies in a plane accident. In profile

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