This week in motor sport – April 3


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring a birthday for one of Porsche’s first Le Mans winners, a first win on four wheels for Surtees, Jim Clark, and F1 goes to South America.

April 3

1961: John Surtees wins his first race on four-wheels. Report

1967: Five-time Aussie V8 Supercars champion Mark Skaife is born. In profile

1977: Mario Andretti wins at home. Report

1985: Le Mans podium finisher Helmut Niedermayr dies. In profile

1988: Alain Prost wins in front of Ayrton Senna’s home crowd. Report

April 4

1940: Le Mans winner Richard Attwood is born. In profile

1971: Alfa Romeo wins again at the Brands Hatch 1000Kms. Report

1973: MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi is born. In profile

1982: ‘Lauda the perfectionist’ wins at Long Beach. Report

2010: Red Bull finish 1-2 as Sebastian Vettel finally wins in 2010. Report

April 5

1973: Ecurie Ecosse founder David Murray dies. In profile

1982: Le Mans Series champion Alexandre Premat is born. In profile

2009: Jenson Button masters the Malaysian monsoon. Report

April 6

1885: The first foreign Indy 500 winner Jules Goux is born. In profile

1909: Pre-war Grand Prix winner Hermann Lang is born. In profile

2008: Felipe Massa wins, Robert Kubica stars in Bahrain. Report

2014: The Silver Arrows thrill in a desert duel. Report

April 7

1968: Twice world champion Jim Clark dies. In profile

1982: Schnitzer BMW racer Harald Ertl dies. In profile

1984: Niki Lauda dominates in South Africa. Report

1985: Alain Prost wins the season-opener in Brazil. Report

2005: Athlete, jockey and F1 racer Cliff Allison dies. In profile

April 8

1966: Le Mans winner Mark Blundell is born. In profile

1979: Ferrari, Gilles Villeneuve dominate at Long Beach. Report

April 9

1971: Canada’s first F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is born. In profile 

1989: Sauber-Mercedes dominate the Suzuka 480Kms. Report

1995: Damon Hill wins in Argentina. Report

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