Today in Racing: 11 May

Graham Hill gave Lotus a little to smile about following a tragic and traumatic month when he won the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix.

Hill beat Denny Hulme’s McLaren-Cosworth and Brian Redman in a Cooper-BRM in the first race that Lotus team boss Colin Chapman had missed since 1954, as he mourned the double tragedy after both his drivers, double champion Jim Clark and Mike Spence died in racing accidents over the previous weeks.

There were three Monaco Grands Prix on this day – Niki Lauda dominated the 1975 race in the new Ferrari 312T’s first win from Emerson Fittipaldi’s McLaren M23 and Carlos Pace in a Brabham BT44B. Alain Prost beat McLaren TAG Porsche teammate Keke Rosberg and Ayrton Senna’s Lotus-Renault to a 1986 win highlighted by a significant crash from which Patrick Tambay and Martin Brundle emerged unscathed and Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari beat tenth place starter Rubens Barrichello’s Stewart Ford and Eddie Irvine in another Ferrari in ’97.

There were two other GPs on this day as Ferrari driver Felipe Massa took the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren and Kimi Räikkönen in the other Ferrari, while Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to the 2014 Spanish win.

In other major race results, Earl Cooper won the 1925 AAA Champ Car Southern Speed Classic in a Miller, Giuseppe Farina the ‘52 Naples Grand Prix in a Ferrari 500, Jim Clark the ‘63 Silverstone International Trophy in a Lotus 25 Climax V8 and John Love the ’69 South African F1 championship Bulawayo 100 in Rhodesia driving a Lotus 49B Ford-Cosworth. More recently, Sebastien Bourdais won the 2003 CART German 500, Simon Pagenaud the ‘19 IndyCar Grand Prix and Jean-Eric Vergne the 2019 Formula E Monaco ePrix.

In sportscar road racing, Piero Taruffi won a tragic last-ever Mille Miglia driving a Ferrari 315S in 1957 after his teammate, the Marquis Alfonso de Portago and his co-driver Edmund Nelson were killed along with ten spectators in a crash following a tyre blow-out 40 miles from the finish of the race. The Targa Florio however raced on as Olivier Gendebien and Luigi Musso‘s Ferrari 250TR won the 1959 race on the day that Ferrari made its racing debut as a manufacturer in 1947.

In more recent sportscar races on track, Brian Redman and Jo Siffert’s Porsche 908L and Jacques Villeneuve, Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian’s similarly-named Peugeot 908 won the respective 1969 and 2008 Spa 1000s. Lady driver Desire Wilson and Alain de Cadenet drove their Cosworth-powered de Cadenet LM to 1980 Silverstone 6 hour honours and Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf’s Porsche Spyder won the 2013 Monterrey American Le Mans round.

Off the beaten track, Marcus Gronholm won the 2003 World Rally New Zealand in a Peugeot 206 and Jari-Matti Latvala Rally Argentina 2014 in a Volkswagen Polo.