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🏎️ This Day In Motorsports History: May 16

What happened on this day in motorsports history?

This Day In Motorsports History: May 16

Formula 1

1982: Monaco Grand Prix
Riccardo Patrese won the Monaco Grand Prix, achieving his first Formula 1 victory. This race is famously remembered for its dramatic finish, with multiple cars dropping out in the final laps, allowing Patrese to take the win.


1992: The Winston (All-Star Race)
Davey Allison won The Winston, NASCAR's All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event was notable for a spectacular crash at the finish line involving Allison and Kyle Petty, with Allison being declared the winner despite being hospitalized.


2010: French Grand Prix
Jorge Lorenzo won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, continuing his strong start to the 2010 season. Lorenzo's victory contributed to his first MotoGP World Championship that year.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

2004: Rally of Cyprus
Petter Solberg won the Rally of Cyprus, part of his strong campaign in the 2004 WRC season. Solberg's performance in Cyprus helped him to finish second in the championship standings that year.


1999: Indianapolis 500 Pole Day
Arie Luyendyk won the pole position for the 1999 Indianapolis 500. Although he did not win the race, his pole position was a significant achievement in his illustrious career.

Sports Cars

2015: 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro won the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This victory was a key moment in Audi's successful endurance racing program.

Touring Cars

2010: WTCC Race of Italy
Gabriele Tarquini won the first race of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Italy. This victory was part of Tarquini's competitive 2010 season in the WTCC.


2021: Tasmania SuperSprint
Shane van Gisbergen won the first race of the Tasmania SuperSprint, part of the Australian Supercars Championship. Van Gisbergen's victory contributed to his dominant 2021 season, where he won the championship.

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