This week in motor sport – August 22


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring a whole of Belgian Grands Prix – including almost a win a day for Ayrton Senna – and more.

August 22

1947: Ian Scheckter is born. In profile

1970: John Surtees wins the Gold Cup, and Jochen Rindt flies to Austria on the slowing down lap. Report

August 23

1987: Didier Pironi dies in a powerboat accident off the Isle of Wight, aged 35. In profile

2015: Guy Ligier dies at the age of 85. In profile

August 24

1958: Stirling Moss dominates in Oporto, Mike Hawthorn (eventually) takes second. Report

1964: Grand Prix podium-finisher Eric Bernard is born. In profile

1986: Sauber-Mercedes scores its first victory, as Henri Pescarolo and Mike Thackwell win the Nurburgring 1000kms. Report

1997: Luigi Villoresi dies aged 88. In profile

2015: Justin Wilson dies following a crash at Pocono. In profile

August 25

1991: Ayrton Senna wins at Spa, as impressive F1 debutant Michael Schumacher lasts barely a few corners. Report

2001: Ken Tyrrell passes away of cancer at the age of 77. Roebuck’s Legends

August 26

1979: A tyre blowout denies Gilles Villeneuve, leaving Alan Jones to take victory at Zandvoort. Report

1990: Senna takes pole and leads from start to finish at record speed at Spa. Report

August 27

1954: Current BRDC president Derek Warwick is born. In profile

1959: Gerhard Berger is born. In profile 

1976: Reigning World Endurance champion Mark Webber is born. In profile

1989: At a wet Spa, Senna dominates. Report

August 28

1977: In pouring rain, Mike Parkes is killed in a road accident. In profile

1977: Niki Lauda beats Jacques Laffite to the flag at Zandvoort. Report

2008: Phil HIll dies at the age of 81. In profile

1988: Senna wins the Belgian Grand Prix. Report

1989: Valtteri Bottas is born. In profile

1994: Michael Schumacher wins the Belgian Grand Prix until his plank is found to be illegal, handing Damon HIll victory. Report

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