This week in motor sport – September 26


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database sees Barcelona appear on the Formula 1 calendar among the many milestones

A trio of 935s, the Dick Barbour-entered shared by Paul Newman, at Le Mans in 1977

September 26

1993: Fresh from announcing his retirement, Alain Prost secures his fourth title as Michael Schumacher wins at Estoril. Report 

2008: Paul Newman, actor and professional racer, dies at the age of 83. ‘Fast acting hero’

September 27

1895: The greatest of the Bentley Boys, Woolf Barnato is born. In profile

1987: Nigel Mansell dominates the Spanish GP. Report

1992: Mansell wins in Portugal, team-mate Riccardo Patrese crashes dramatically on the start-finish straight. Report

2010: National champion and Formula 1 racer Trevor Taylor dies at the age of 73. In profile

September 28

1959: The great Rudolf Caracciola dies aged 58. In proflile

1963: Erik Comas, a prolific winner in junior formulae, is born. In profile

1968: Moved to September due to the unrest in France, Le Mans is won by Lucien Bianchi and Pedro Rodriguez. Report

1968: Michael Schumacher’s greatest foe, Mika Häkkinen is born. In profile

September 29

1974: Matra scores a 1-2 at Brands Hatch in the 1000kms. Report

1991: Nigel Mansell wins ‘a superb race that left the World Championship still open’ as Barcelona makes its debut on the F1 calendar. Report

September 30

1941: F2 race-winner Reine Wisell is born. In profile

1946: F1 race-winner and sports car superstar Jochen Mass is born. In profile

1961: Eric van de Poele is born. In profile

1979: Alan Jones passes and holds off Gilles Villeneuve to win a cracker in Canada. Report

1988: Sports car great Al Holbert is killed in an aircraft accident at the age of 41. In profile

1990: Alain Prost leads a Ferrari 1-2 at Barcelona. Report

1997: The mercurial Max Verstappen is born. In profile

The Hurley Haywood/Al Holbert/Jurgen Barth shared Porsche 956, 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans.

October 1

1928: The luckless Willy Mairesse is born. In profile

1942: Fast Frenchman, four times on the podium at Le Mans, Jean-Pierre Jabouille is born. In profile 

1989: Ayrton Senna dominates in Spain to score his 20th Grand Prix win, as Mansell serves his ban. Report

October 2

1977: James Hunt beats Mario Andretti at the Glen, while Lauda in ‘a cautious fourth place’ wraps up the title. Report

1988: Alain Prost scores one of his greatest wins, dominating in Spain. Report

1998: One of the greatest sports car drivers of all time, Olivier Gendebien dies aged 74. In profile

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