September 30, 2022

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From the motorsport archive: on this day in 1980


Three youthful Brits challenged for the European Components 2 title in 1980: Brian Henton and Derek Warwick for Toleman-Hart and Nigel Mansell for Ralt-Honda.

At the ninth of 12 rounds at Zandvoort, the Toleman duo appeared a absolutely sure wager for a different lock-out, acquiring taken 4 wins and five seconds by now – but then it started off to rain. As had been the situation at Pau, this temperature played into the hands of the cars shod with Goodyear tyres, as opposed to people equipped by Pirelli.

Just one of them, the huge-observe AGS-BMW of Frenchman Richard Dallest, took pole situation with relieve, although the Toleman duo began only seventh and eighth.

Dallest relinquished his direct to the March-BMW of Andrea de Cesaris, but the Italian spun out of a a single-moment guide (since of course he did) with four laps still left and so missed out on his first F2 gain.

Warwick overtook many cars and trucks as the track dried, coming next, although Henton rued holding a dry automobile set-up, spinning twice to finish 12th.

He bounced back with two far more seconds to be winner right before the remaining spherical. But when Mansell and Warwick became racing legends, ‘Superhen’ by no means bought the prospect to clearly show his expertise in a competitive F1 auto and so quit motorsport in 1983.

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