2nd of June – Nigel Mansell decides to wave to his fans during the last lap of the 1991 Canadian GP as he cruises to what seemed to become yet another dominant win. But as the electronic brain of his Williams-Renault gets all confused as to why the driver would want to drop the revs below the recommended level and simply disengages the clutch, Nelson Piquets drives past the frustrated Englishman to score what would turn out to be his last ever victory in Formula 1.
An European Formula 3 Champion, Jan Lamers got an offer to join the Shadow F1 team, with backing from the Samson tobacco company. He made a big impression qualifying his ATS fourth at Long Beach in 1980. He switched to Ensign later in the year and then ended up with Teddy Yip’s Theodore before breaking his thumb in an accident. After that he struggled in various parts of the world before finally finding his feet in sports car racing with Tom Walkinshaw’s TWR Jaguar sports car team which led to second place in the World Sportscar Championship in 1987 and victory at Le Mans in 1988 with Andy Wallace and Johnny Dumfries and a win in the Daytona 24 Hours in 1990 with Davy Jones and Wallace.
In 1992, after an absence of 10 years, he returned to F1 with the struggling March F1 operation and testing for the stillborn DAMS F1 team. In the end, however, he gravitated to Japan where like many others he earned good money and eventually set up his own sports car team, called Racing for Holland which raced Dome-Judds. These have been quite successful over the years and Lammers nowadays also runs the Dutch national team in the A1 Grand Prix series.
His name lives on in Team McLaren which has been one of the most successful in Formula One championship history, with McLaren cars and drivers winning a total of 19 world championships. McLaren cars totally dominated CanAm sports car racing with 56 wins between 1967 and 1972 (and five constructors’ championships), and have won three Indianapolis 500 races, as well as 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
He was noted by great Australian driver Jack Brabham at the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1958 and joined the Cooper factory F1 team alongside him in 1959. His first GP win came at the 1959 United States Grand Prix at age 22, becoming the youngest ever GP winner up to that time. He followed that with a win in the Argentina Grand Prix, the first race of the 1960 Fomula One season.
McLaren won the Monaco Grand Prix in 1962, a year later he founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, which remains in the Formula 1 championship simply as Team McLaren. McLaren continued to race and win in Coopers and left at the end of 1965 to announce his own GP racing team and won his first GP in his own McLaren car at Spa in 1968.
Besides F1, Bruce won with co-driver Chris Amon the 1966 24 Hour race at Le Mans in a Ford GT40. And with team-mate Denny Hulme he dominated the Can Am-Series well into 1970, but sadly suffering a fatal accident when a piece of bodywork flew from the new M8D Can-Am car while testing at Goodwood. It send the car off the track at high speed, hitting a flag station and killing Bruce upon impact.
Born: 30th of August 1937 in Auckland, New-Zealand;
Died: 2nd of June 1970 at Goodwood circuit, UK, aged 32.