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Born on this day (30th - March)

Manuel de Teffé

1905 - 1967


Rudolf Krause

1907 - 1987


Peter Hirt

1910 - 1992


Robert O'Brien

1922 - 1997


1934


Eddie Jordan

1948


Mike Thackwell

1961


Stéphane Ortelli

1970


Fabrizio de Simone

1971


Chris Trickle

1972 - 1998



Died on this day (30th - March)

Lucien Bianchi

1934 - 1969


Yves Giraud-Cabantous

1904 - 1973


Bill Hamilton

1899 - 1978


Kenneth Douglas Evans

1912 - 1985


David Leslie

1953 - 2008


Richard Lloyd

1945 - 2008


Jackie Pretorius

1934 - 2009



Gregor Foitek
Gregor Foitek
SWITZERLAND

Born
27 / 3 / 1965
Winning that curious anomaly, the Swiss F3 championship, in 1986 in a Dallara meant little, and the wealthy Foitek's first season in F3000 the following year was to be a more searching test. A poor start and a string of DNQs were to some extent overcome by switching teams to GA Motorsport in mid-season, though it was 1988 before he tasted success with a superb win at Vallelunga. But then came a worrying number of incidents, culminating in the Johnny Herbert crash at Brands Hatch, when Gregor's Lola was launched into a terrifying series of barrel-rolls from which he was fortunate to escape with no more than a fractured wrist. Moving into Grands Prix in 1989, he spent a fruitless time trying in vain to qualify the EuroBrun, and decided to quit while ahead when the rear wing fell off on his debut for Rial. Foitek took his money to Brabham at the start of 1990 and at least made a couple starts, but then he moved to the Onyx team, which was on the way to oblivion as a Swiss gentleman by the name of Monteverdi took control. All in all, it was a sorry mess and before long Foitek had disappeared from view.




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