This week in motor sport – March 13


A busy week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring a host of Race of Champions and more.

March 13

1947: Lyn St James, class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Indy 500 racer, is born. In profile

1965: A rare Clark mistake gifts Mike Spence the victory in the two-heat Race of Champions. Report

1983: Nelson Piquet gives the Brabham BT52 a winning debut, but nobody finishes second following Keke Rosberg’s disqualification. Report

1988: Martin Brundle and Eddie Cheever win an exciting Jarama 360kms. Report

March 14

1957: Eugenio Castellotti dies in a testing crash. In profile

1976: James Hunt wins at Brands Hatch – and doesn’t have this one taken away from him… In profile

1993: Alain Prost returns and wins in Kyalami. Report

March 15

1913: Jack Fairman, World Sports Car winner with Stirling Moss is born. In profile

1981: Reigning champion Alan Jones takes victory at Long Beach, after Riccardo Patrese claimed pole for Arrows. Report

March 16

1942: Double Le Mans winner Gijs van Lennep is born. In profile

1943: Hans Heyer, veteran of 1000 races, is born. In profile

1969: Jackie Stewart sets the tone for the season with victory in the Race of Champions. Report

2001: ‘Brilliant Bob’ Wollek is killed cycling back to his hotel on the eve of the 12 Hours of Sebring. In profile

March 17

1968: Bruce McLaren wins ‘a strange race’ at Brands Hatch. Report

March 18

1937: ‘Captain Nice’ Mark Donohue is born. In profile

1950: European F3’s first champion, Larry Perkins is born. In profile

1964: Alex Caffi is born. In profile

1973: Peter Gethin beats the F1 cars to the Race of Champions victory. Report

1977: Carlos Pace is killed in a plane crash. In profile

1982: F1 racer, GP2 champion and current DTM driver Timo Glock is born. In profile

March 19

1943: Le Mans winner Vern Schuppan is born. In profile

1964: Nicola Larini, DTM champion and F1 podium-finisher, is born. In profile

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