This week in motor sport - May 1


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, featuring victory at the Mille Miglia for our very own Denis Jenkinson and the loss of two motor sport greats

May 1

1884: Le Mans winner and former BRDC president Earl Howe is born. In profile

1955: Moss and Jenks claim Britain’s only victory on the Mille Miglia. Report

1967: Jacky Ickx and Dick Thompson master the soaked conditions at the Spa 1000Kms. Report

1972: Lotus claims the Spanish Grand Prix. Report

1983: Patrick Tambay wins for Ferrari at San Marino. Report

1994: The great Ayrton Senna dies. In profile

May 2

1976: James Hunt wins, is disqualified and reinstated as winner of the Spanish Grand Prix. Report

May 3

1885: Johnny Aitken, winner of more races at Indianapolis than any other driver, is born. In profile

1970: Porsche pulverise the opposition with Brian Redman and Jo Siffert at the Targa Florio. Report

1981: Piquet wins, Ferrari returns to the fore at the San Marino Grand Prix. Report

May 4

1928: World championship runner-up Wolfgang von Trips is born. In profile

1940: Six-time IMSA champion Peter Gregg is born. In profile

1946: John Watson, famed for his back of the grid charges, is born. In profile

1948: Hurley Haywood, whose racing career spanned over 40 years, is born. In profile

1987: Spain’s triple MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is born. In profile

May 5

1974: Le Mans winner Seiji Ara is born. In profile

1985: Elio de Angelis wins – but never leads – the San Marino Grand Prix. Report

1991: Warwick and Brundle win for Silk Cut Jaguar at Monza. Report

May 6

1905: René Dreyfus, winner of the second Monaco Grand Prix, is born. In profile

1958: Talented but underrated Tommy Byrne is born. In profile

1984: Alain Prost beats Ferrari in its backyard. Report

May 7

1967: The outstanding Denny Hulme wins at Monaco. Report

1968: Mike Spence is killed whilst replacing Jim Clark at the Indy 500. In profile

1978: Patrick Depailler becomes a Grand Prix winner at Monaco. Report

May 8

1977: Mario Andretti and Lotus return to form in Spain. Report

1982: The great Gilles Villeneuve dies at Zolder. In profile

1991: Blancpain GT champion Laurens Vanthoor is born. In profile

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