16. März – Das Bild macht auf den ersten Blick ja nicht viel Sinn, oder? Das Auto ist wahrscheinlich leichter zu ermitteln als der Fahrer. Aber wo wurde die Aufnahme gemacht?
Hektischer Montag, Übersetzungen müssen erst einmal hintenan stehen. Sorry.
Giacomo Agostini won 15 World Motorcycle championships, including seven back-to-back 500cc titles and seven back-to-back 350cc titles, and 122 motorbike Grands Prix in total between 1961 and 1977. Like John Surtees and Mike Hailwood before him, Agostini began an auto racing career in 1978, entering a Chevron-BMW B42 in the European Formula 2 championship. After failing to qualify for most of the rounds, the “Ago”chose to leave the competitive F2 arena and switched to British based Formula 1 Aurora AFX series as of 1979. It seems a little known fact that „Ago’s“ plan was to enter the car in the British Grand Prix in each year, but continuously got the right license refused by FISA Not too surprising, considering that his best final result in a not very competitive championship was finishing 8th in the 1979 standings. With smaller grids than the previous year, he scored 4 podium finishes in 1980 against 3 in 1979 but decided to quit racing at the end of season. He returned to his roots a year later as the Marlboro Yamaha team manager in the 500cc World Championship, working with successful riders such as Kenny Roberts, and Eddie Lawson. He then switched to Cagiva in 1992. in the same role and retired when the brand withdrew from the World Championship. In 2000, the FIM named him a Grand Prix „Legend“.
Piet de Klerk was one of South Africa’s finest in the 1960s. A former mechanic who worked briefly in Britain before returning home to race become one of the few to challenge the almost dominant John Love in the South African Drivers Championship His debut in the Formula 1 World Championship came at the wheel of a self-built single-seater with Alfa Romeo engine in the 1963 South African Grand Prix at East London but was forced to retire. He skipped his home GP the following year but nearly won the championship. His 2nd attempt came in 1965, still with the De Klerk-Alfa, finishing 10th. Piet would only have another go when he got his hand on a V8-powered car. In 1969 SA GP he finished 9th in a Jack Holme-owned and Repco powered Brabham, and in 1970 repeated his exploit, driving the Gunston Brabham BT26-Ford, but finished well down in 11th place. He was also very successful in sports cars, taking his last great win in the 1972 Natal Easter 6-hour endurance race, but kept racing in this category until the late 1980s, when he finally retired well in his 50s. Nowadays he lives in the Transvaal and still drops by at local races.
Hans Heyerenjoyed great success in German touring car racing, was an European Touring Car champion and only had a couple of outings in Formula 2 under his belt when he was entered by German ATS team for the 1977 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. As he failed to qualify the rather outdated car, Heyer lined up the pit lane exit as first reserve, ready to join race if someone failed to get off the line. That wasn’t the case and the field headed down the long straight to the Ostkurve in full order. Yet, the German took off from the pit lane and charged after the field in total illegally. Hoping for the best he hung on in there until, a few laps on, race control finally had him black-flagged out of the race. It remained Hans‘ only attempt in F1 but he had considerable success after that in German Group 5, winning the DRM series for a 3rd time in 1980, as well as helping Lancia to secure the World Championship of Makes, as he had done before, in 1976, with Porsche. He a rounded off a strong career in 1984 by winning the Sebring 12 Hours and taking the Spa 24 Hours race for a 3rd time. He retired from full time racing to work as a test and development driver but couldn’t resist in taking part in the Paris-Dakar raid rally, taking the win in the truck class. In 2004 Hans made a comeback to mark his 1000th motor race of his career in an one-off participation in a national cup race series.
Gijs van Lennep came to Formula 1 through early races in Formula V and Formula 3 as well as sports car racing, where he had his biggest successes. His debut in F1 came weeks after winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1971 at the wheel of a Porsche 917. But taking the Team Stichting Autoraces Nederland entered Surtees TS7 to 8th place still wouldn’t open any doors in F1 for the Dutch nobleman. At least it got him another go with John Surtees‘ works team in the US GP at Watkins Glen that year. He continued in sports cars, scoring important wins like the 1973 Targa Florio at the wheel of a Porsche Carrera RSR. Always well connected, he’d talk himself into a couple of drives with Frank Williams‘ team in 1973 and 1974, generally having his home GP as the personal main target in his agenda. In 1975 he opted for Ensign and finally scored his 2nd World Championship point by finishing 6th in the German GP, as he’d done before in the 1973 Dutch GP. Gijs called it quits after winning Le Mans for a second time in 1976. Nowadays he’s an instructor in Audi driving courses, aside occasional media and PR work, and attends historic events.