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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Last-lap Losers

[Dan Gurney] soldiered on with no more than the dregs in the tank but only made it as far as Stavelot on his last lap.

Graham Hill inherited the lead but his fuel pump broke on the last lap. That left Bruce McLaren leading for Cooper but as he neared the finishing line (which in those days was after the La Source hairpin instead of before it) he too ran out of fuel. He came out of the last hairpin and rolled down the hill — as Clark blasted past him to win.

Some other racers who faced similar situations like the heartbreaking mechanical failure with race leader Massa’s Ferrari in the third last lap of yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

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