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10 January in Race History: Triumph and Tragedy on a Quiet Racing Day

By Michele Lupini

10 January is a relatively quiet, but still significant day in racing history.

Stirling Moss pushed his Cooper T45 Climax over the line in the second heat, to beat Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren’s similar cars to win in the 1959 New Zealand Tasman Grand Prix at Ardmore. Frank Matich won that race in a Formula 5000 McLaren M10A Chevrolet at Pukekohe in 1970.

On that same Saturday in 1970, John Love took his Lotus 49C Ford-Cosworth to win the Cape South Easter Trophy at Killarney in South Africa. A year later, Derek Bell and Jo Siffert drove a Porsche 917 (below) to victory in a tragic Buenos Aires 1000 in Argentina.

And fourteen years later, Antonio Felix da Costa (below) took the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix FormulaE win.

One-time Formula 1 driver and Indy legend Bobby Rahal, a more prolific F1 driver and also an Indy star Eddie Cheever Jr. and sportscar winner Sigi Muller Jr. share 10 January birthdays. On a tragic note, Ferrari F1 and sportscar ace Ignazio Giunti died following a needless accident in the 1971 Buenos Aires 1000.