Today in Racing: 1 June

Juan Pablo Montoya, Monaco 2003

There were only two grands prix over the years on the first of June.

Alan Jones drove his FW07B a Williams-Cosworth to victory in the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama ahead of Jochen Mass in an Arrows Cosworth and Elio de Angelis in a Lotus Cosworth.

Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya‘s 2003 Monaco Grand Prix win for BMW Williams over Kimi Räikkönen’s McLaren Mercedes and Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari was notable for the fact that there was not one overtake on track throughout the race…

There was however more than ample other significant racing over the years – Baron Pierre de Crawhez for instance won 1898 Brussels-Spa race in a Panhard-Levassor, Barbereau won the 1899 Bordeaux-Perigueux race in a Boil and Louis Mazy Qua the 1899 Moscow-St. Petersburg road race in a De Dion-Bouton.

In road racing, Ritter von Stern won the 1900 Salzburg-Linz-Vienna in a Daimler on the same day that Ritter von Stern won the Salzburg-Wien race, also in a Daimler. Rein Millot won the 1901 St. Petersburg race in a Perfecta; Gulders’ Pipe took ’01 Namur-Bastogne honours and Victor Héméry’s Benz 55/105 St. Petersburg 1908.

Enzo Ferrari won the 1924 Circuito del Polesine in an Alfa-Romeo RLTF, Juan Zanelli’s T35 the ‘30 GP Bugatti du Mans, Brian Lewis’ Alfa-Romeo Tipo-B P3 the ’34 Isle of Wright Mannin Moar and Arthur Wylie’s MG Special won at Penrith in Aussie in 1939.

In France, Gigi ViIloeresi won the ‘47 GP de Nimes in a Maserati 4C and Louis Rosier’s Ferrari 375 the ‘52 GP de l’Albigeois, while in South Africa, Jimmy Shield’s pre-war ERA took the ‘58 Grand Central Union Day Trophy and John Love’s Lotus 49 Cosworth the 1968 Republic Day Trophy at Kyalami. Across the Atlantic, Ryan Briscoe won the ‘08 Indy 225, Mike Conway the ‘13 Detroit Dual 1 Helio Castroneves the ‘14 Dual 2 and Josef Newgarden the ‘19 Dual 1.

In sports cars, Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss won the 1958 Nürburgring 1000 in an Aston Martin DBR1, where Brian Redman and Jo Siffert’s Porsche 908/2 won in ’69 and Arturo Merzario and Jacques Laffite’s Alfa Romeo T33/TT/12 in ’75.

Bruce McLaren took his McLaren M8B-Chevrolet to the 1969 Mosport Park Can Am win. Al Holbert’s Porsche 911 won IMSA Mid-Ohio ‘75, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver’s Riley & Scott Ford Watkins Glen ’97, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli’s Corvette Detroit ’13 and Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron’s Acura Detroit 2019.

World Championship Rally winners on 1 June were Carlos Sainz’ Toyota Celica GT-4 in Corsica 1991 and Sebastien Loeb’ Citroen Xsara in Sardinia ’05. South African F1 driver Syd van der Vyver, Indy winner Tom Sneva and F1 driver Martin Brundle share birthdays on 1 June. Jo Gartner died in an accident at the 1986 Le Mans 24 Hour aged 32.