Blasts from the past: Italian GP makes Jody 1979 F1 champ


Blasts from the past: Italian GP makes Jody 1979 F1 champ


Today in SA sports history: September 9

1979 — Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to secure Formula One’s world championship and give Ferrari the Constructors’ Championship. Scheckter started on the second row after Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille of Renault took pole position ahead of his teammate René Arnoux. Arnoux was in the lead early on ahead of Scheckter, but when his Renault suffered engine trouble, the South African took the lead and never relinquished it. The win was Scheckter’s third of the season and 10th of his career. It was also his final win, retiring a year later.

1989 — Simon Skhosana loses his second bid for a world title, putting up a lacklustre performance as he loses on points against WBO junior-featherweight champion Kenny Mitchell in San Juan, Puerto Rico...

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