Le Mans dominates racing records on 14 June, but there had been also two grand prix over the years on this day.
While Jim Clark made a habit of winning the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, his 1964 win in a Lotus 25 Climax, used to be the solely of those that may want to be labelled as fortuitous. Dan Gurney ran dry on the penultimate lap after main most of the before Graham Hill, who took the lead only stopped rapidly after when his BRM engine broke. That left Clark to combat Bruce McLaren’s Cooper off for his third of 4 Spa wins on the trot, with Jack Brabham third.
It was a comparable scenario for Gerhard Berger in the Canadian Grand Prix this day ’92, after Nigel Mansell went off whilst fighting for the lead with Berger’s McLaren Honda teammate Ayrton Senna, earlier than Senna suffered engine failure to permit the Austrian to take the win from Michael Schumacher’s Benetton and Jean Alesi’s Ferrari.
Getting lower back to Le Mans, Sir Henry Birkin and Earl Howe gained the 1931 24 Hour using an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300, whilst Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt led a Jaguar 1-2-4 at the Sarthe epic put down to their jogging progressive disc brakes in the victorious C-types.
More recently, Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann took Porsche’s first normal Le Mans win driving a 917K in 1970, in view that when the Stuttgart carmaker has won three of the four 24 Hours run on this day.
Derek Bell gained twice, alongside Jacky Ickx in a Porsche 936/81 in 1983, and in 1987 with Al Holbert and Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Porsche 962C. David Brabham, Marc Gene and Alex Wurz broke Porsche’s 14 May streak through prevailing in a Peugeot 908 HDi in 2009, however Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy were returned to Porsche’s winning approaches in a 919 Hybrid in 2015.
In other sportscar race outcomes on this day, Dan Gurney took the 1970 Mosport Can Am in a McLaren M8D-Chevrolet, a race that Teo Fabi additionally received in a March 817-Chevrolet in ’81. 14 June IMSA winners encompass Hurley Haywood in a Porsche 911 at Mosport in ‘75 Klaus Ludwig’s Ford Mustang at Brainerd ’82, Juan Manuel Fangio II’s Eagle MkIII-Toyota in New Orleans ‘92 and Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Dorsey Schroeder at Mid-Ohio ‘98.
In other primary races over the years, Fernand Wheelwright drove his Panhard-Levassor to 1900 Gordon Bennett Race honours, Konstantin Kapustin advised his Richard-Brasier to win the 1903 Gentleman’s Race of St. Petersburg, Felice Nazzaro’s Fiat 72 took the 1907 Kaiser Preis and Giuseppe Campari’s Alfa-Romeo 40/60 the 1920 Circuito del Mugello.
Enzo Ferrari won the Italian Bobbio Penice Hillclimb with a 2.3 litre Alfa Romeo in one of his last appearances behind the wheel earlier than turning into a team owner in 1931 and in 1936, three hundred thousand race fans became up to witness Bernd Rosemeyer’s amazing potential to ‘see via the fog’ as he defied the odds to drive his Auto Union Type C via the blanket to a magnificent victory in the Nürburgring Eifelrennen.
Over in the US meanwhile, Ralph Mulford’s Frontenac received two and Ralph DePalma’s Packard and Tommy Milton in a Duesenberg one 1919 AAA Champ Car International Sweepstakes warmness apiece, while Jimmy Murphy received in Altoona driving a Miller in 1924. Billy Arnold additionally won that race in a Miller-Hartz in 1930, while Louis Meyer’s Stevens Miller gained in Detroit 1931. Staying with Indy racing, Van Johnson gained the 1959 Langhorne 100, whilst Bobby Unser received in 1970 and Bobby Rahal in ’87.
On the stages, Mikko Hirvonen recommended his Ford Focus RS to 2009 Acropolis World Rally Championship victory, whilst Sebastien Ogier took his Volkswagen Polo R to 2015 Rally Sardinia honours. Leon Duray additionally drove his Miller ninety one Packard Cable Special to a 148 mph speed report in Utica, Michigan on this day 1928.