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Bill Whittington obituary: 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours winner dies aged 71

Bill Whittington, who has died aged 71 in a plane crash, won the Le Mans 24 Hours and made five Indianapolis 500 starts during a racing career overshadowed by controversy.

Obituary: Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021

Johnny Dumfries, who has died after a short illness at the age of 62, will always be best remembered for his year as Ayrton Senna’s Lotus teammate in 1986.

Manfred Kremer: Le Mans-winning mastermind engineer dies

Manfred Kremer, who has died aged 81, was the engineering mastermind of the family Porsche team run together with brother Erwin that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979.

'Queen of the Nurburgring' Sabine Schmitz dies aged 51

Sabine Schmitz, affectionally known as the ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’, has died at the age of 51 following a long battle with cancer.

Murray Walker obituary: F1 broadcasting legend dies aged 97

Broadcasting legend Murray Walker, who has died at the age of 97, made a huge contribution to growth in interest in Formula 1 in Britain.

Rallying great Hannu Mikkola dies aged 78

One of the legends of rallying, Hannu Mikkola, best known for winning for Ford and Audi, passed away on Friday. He was 78.

Chris Craft: One-time F1 starter and sportscar ace dies

One-time Formula 1 starter Chris Craft, one of Britain's leading racers of the 1970s, has died aged 81 after a long illness.

Ex-F1 racer and team owner Adrian Campos dies aged 60

Team owner and former Minardi Formula 1 driver Adrian Campos has passed away at the age of 60.

Former Mercedes boss Hubbert dies aged 81

Former Mercedes executive Jurgen Hubbert, a key player behind the marque's move into the DTM and Formula 1, has died at the age of 81.

Dakar rider Cherpin dies from crash injuries

Dakar Rally organisers have confirmed that amateur rider Pierre Cherpin has passed away following his crash last Sunday. 

Dakar legend Hubert Auriol passes away aged 68
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Dakar legend Hubert Auriol passes away aged 68

Hubert Auriol, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally and the first person to win the legendary event on both two wheels and four, has died aged 68.

F1 team boss and Ron Dennis backer Tony Vlassopulos dies

A significant figure in future McLaren supremo Ron Dennis’s formative years as a team owner, and himself briefly the head of an F1 squad, Tony Vlassopulos died recently. He was 89.

Indy 500-winning team owner Patrick dies aged 91

Ueal Eugene ‘Pat’ Patrick, who ran cars at the Indianapolis 500 over a span of 34 years and won three times, has died at the age of 91.

F1 sponsorship guru John Hogan dies aged 76

John Hogan, a hugely respected pioneer in the Formula 1 sponsorship and marketing world, has died of a COVID-related illness at the age of 76.

‘Voice of Brands Hatch’ commentator Brian Jones dies

A jovial, warm-hearted character who became celebrated as ‘The Voice of Brands’, veteran circuit commentator Brian Jones died on New Year’s Day, 2021. He was 85.

Mario Andretti’s twin brother Aldo dies aged 80

Former racer Aldo Andretti, who was an intrinsic part of his twin brother Mario’s early ventures into motorsport, has died at the age of 80.

Two-time Daytona 24 Hours winner John Paul Jr dies

Two-time Daytona 24 Hours victor John Paul Jr, who was also a race winner in CART and IndyCar, has died aged 60 after a long battle with a neurological condition.

Sebring and Daytona winner Jim Pace dies from COVID-19

Jim Pace, an 18-time participant in the Rolex 24 At Daytona from 1990-2016, passed away on November 13 in Memphis, Tennessee after contracting COVID-19.

Maurice Petty, NASCAR Hall of Fame engine builder, dies at 81

Maurice Petty, a Hall of Fame engine builder that propelled the Petty family dynasty in NASCAR, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was 81.

Obituary: Porsche engine designer Hans Mezger, 1929-2020

Hans Mezger, the architect of a line of successful racing engines at Porsche including the TAG-badged Formula 1 turbo V6, has died at the age of 90.

Renowned former F1 designer Divila dies aged 74

Ricardo ‘Richard’ Divila, perhaps best known as the designer of the early Copersucar Fittipaldi Formula 1 cars, has died at the age of 74 after a short illness.

Sir Stirling Moss dies aged 90

Sir Stirling Moss, who died in the early hours of April 12 aged 90, was more than just the greatest racing driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

Denmark's first F1 driver Tom Belso dies

Denmark's first Formula 1 world championship driver, Tom Belso, has died following a battle with stomach cancer.

Former AMG boss Piedade dies aged 75

Domingos Piedade, a leading light in Portuguese motorsport and a long-time boss of AMG, has passed away at the age of 75 following a battle with cancer.

British rallying legend Russell Brookes dies

Double British Rally champion Russell Brookes, famous for driving his ‘Andrews Heat for Hire’-liveried cars, has passed away at the age of 74.

Former Mitsubishi WRC boss Andrew Cowan dies

Former Mitsubishi Ralliart team principal and London to Sydney Marathon winner Andrew Cowan has passed away. He was 82.

John Della Penna – a tribute by Jimmy Vasser

John Della Penna, former driver and successful team owner, has died at the age of 68. His first protégé, Jimmy Vasser, tells David Malsher what made the California-based Argentine unforgettable.

Anthoine Hubert: Obituary and tribute

The death of fun-loving but fiercely professional 22-year-old Renault protege Anthoine Hubert at Spa has robbed the world of a very special person and racing driver, whose career had only just turned around

Ex-Volkswagen chief Ferdinand Piech dies aged 82

Ferdinand Piech, the architect of the double Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Porsche 917, has died suddenly at the age of 82.

March F1 team co-founder Robin Herd dies aged 80

Robin Herd, best known as one of the founders of March Engineering, has died at the age of 80.

Obituary: Niki Lauda, 1949-2019

The word “legend” is used far too often, but there’s no doubt that it should be applied to Niki Lauda.

Obituary: Charlie Whiting, 1952-2019

Charlie Whiting, who sadly passed away in Melbourne on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix, was a constant presence in the Formula 1 paddock for over 40 years.

Long-time Schnitzer BMW boss Lamm dies

Long-time Schnitzer BMW team boss Charly Lamm has died suddenly at the age of 63.

1972 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Mike Hiss dies

Mike Hiss, 77, who three times memorably subbed at Penske, has died after a long battle with cancer-related issues.

Eccentric Onyx F1 backer Van Rossem dies

The colourful money man behind the Onyx team's Formula 1 entry in 1989, Jean-Pierre Van Rossem, has died at the age of 73.

Mari Hulman George dies aged 83

Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, died in the early hours of Saturday morning with her family by her side.

Don Panoz, 1935-2018

Don Panoz, entrepreneur, maverick and legend of sportscar racing, has died. He was 83.

Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, 1938-2018

The death of Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams on Saturday morning has robbed motorsport of a great character who became one of Britain's premier touring car drivers before turning his deft hands to the historic racing scene.

Champion Racing founder Maraj dies in boating accident

Dave Maraj, founder and owner of the immensely successful Champion Racing team, has died after a boating accident on Saturday.

Ensign founder Mo Nunn dies aged 79

Morris Nunn, who ran his underdog Ensign F1 team for a decade before finding huge success as an engineer in IndyCar racing, has died at the age of 79.

NHRA legend Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen dies aged 81

One of the most iconic figures in NHRA history, Tom McEwen, died yesterday aged 81.

Obituary: Rudi Eggenberger, 1939-2018

Swiss entrant Rudi Eggenberger, who achieved unprecedented success in the 1980s glory days of the European Touring Car Championship with three different manufacturers, has died aged 79.

Obituary: Gerard Welter, 1942-2018

Gerard Welter, the architect of a line of quirky specials that raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours through five decades, has died. He was 75.

Jerry Sneva, 1949-2018

Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, died last weekend at the age of 68.

Tribute to Dan Gurney, 1931-2018

One of the sport's greatest innovators and free-thinking spirits, as well as a world-class driver who survived and excelled in one of racing's most deadly eras.

Jim Nabors dies aged 87

Jim Nabors, who became one of the most beloved elements of Indianapolis 500 pre-race tradition, has died at his home in Hawaii.

WWII hero and NASCAR HoF inductee Bud Moore dies at age 92

Walter Maynard “Bud” Moore Jr., a decorated veteran of World War II and 2011 inductee to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, died Nov. 27, 2017. He was 92.

Indy 500 car entrant Rolla Vollstedt dies aged 99

Longtime Indianapolis 500 car entrant Rolla Vollstedt, perhaps best remembered for entering Janet Guthrie in the Indy 500, passed away last Sunday in Portland, OR, aged 99.

Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Puterbaugh dies aged 81

Bill Puterbaugh, the 1975 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, died Oct. 9 at his home on the west side of Indianapolis.

Obituary: Maxime Berger, 1989-2017

Former World Superbike rider and European Superstock 600 champion Maxime Berger has died at the age of 28.

Obituary: John Nicholson, 1941-2017

John Nicholson, who made one just grand prix start at Silverstone in 1975 but won two Formula 1 world championships as an engine builder, has died at the age of 75.

Don Nichols, founder of Shadow, dies aged 92

The motorsport world yesterday lost a man whose team produced one crazy racecar and then several sexy ones and employed driving talents such as Peter Revson, George Follmer, Tom Pryce, Alan Jones, Jackie Oliver and Riccardo Patrese.

Angel Nieto succumbs to injuries sustained in traffic accident

Grand Prix motorcycling legend Angel Nieto passed away on Thursday in Ibiza following the traffic accident he was involved in last week. He was 70.

Obituary: Barry Bland, 1946-2017

He was the most modest, understated, calm and seemingly unflappable of men, and that is why Barry Bland, who died on Wednesday at the age of 71, is one of the least-known of the most-influential figures in motorsport over the past four decades.

Terry Chandler succumbs to brain cancer aged 65

Our NHRA correspondent Anne Proffit pays tribute to someone she describes as “the most giving and caring woman in NHRA drag racing”.

Obituary: Eric Broadley, 1928-2017

Eric Broadley, founder of Lola and one of the UK’s most visionary designers and constructors of racing cars, has died at the age of 88.

Obituary: Nicky Hayden, 1981-2017

Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP champion, has tragically died at the age of 35.

Jim McElreath 1928-2017

Jim McElreath, one of Indy car racing’s tough guys who won several races and despite personal tragedies kept his racing dream alive, has died at the age of 89.

Rally legend and ‘Flying Finn’ Timo Makinen dies

Timo Makinen, one of the original flying Finns of world rallying, has died. He was 79.

Joe Leonard, 1932-2017

Two-time USAC National Champion (Indy car) and 1968 Indy 500 polesitter Joe Leonard died last week after a long battle with health issues including several strokes.