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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



Mark Lovell
Mark Lovell
UNITED KINGDOM

Born
27 / 3 / 1960
Died
12 / 7 / 2003
Born on March 27, 1960 in Axminster, England, Lovell started rallying in 1981 with a rear-drive Ford Escort Mark 1. His early performances led to him becoming a finalist in the Castrol Rally Challenge and which had been well noted by one of the judges, John Taylor. Taylor then recommended Lovell to Ford, and his first task was to help develop the front-wheel drive Escort Turbo through Ford's one-make series, which he won, gaining a free entry on the Lombard RAC Rally as a reward for his perseverance. In 1994 he finished 12th on the RAC Rally at the wheel of a Citroen 1000 Pistes, winning his class and finishing one place behind twice winner Roger Clark's Porsche. In 1985 he won the British national series in a Nissan 240RS before winning the Open series in 1986 at the wheel of a Ford RS200, the youngest driver to win this series. More titles followed. In 1987 and 1988 he won the Irish Tarmac Championship. In 1988 he was Dutch national champion in a Sierra Cosworth and finished top British driver on the RAC. Mark's return to professional motorsport was also highly successful, winning the SCCA's series in 2001, though he had many disappointments in 2002. In 2003 he had various different co-drivers (Freeman was the third), but on round four he again found winning form when he won the rally car category at the Pikes Peak International Hill Club, which counted as a qualifying round of the SCCA series. That was to be Mark's final rally success. Tragedy struck the first stage of the Oregon Trails Rally, round five in the 2003 SCCA Pro-Rally championship, held near Portland, Orgegon, on July 12. The Impreza of Subaru USA team driver Mark Lovell left the road and hit a tree, and both Mark and co-driver Roger Freeman lost their lives in the accident.