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Blast from the past: Brakpan racer breaks the formula

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Blast from the past: Brakpan racer breaks the formula

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 7

1932 — SA’s premier heavyweight, Don McCorkindale, takes on future world champion Primo Carnera of Italy at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Carnera, who stunned the world the following year by knocking out Jack Sharkey for the world crown, won on points over 10 rounds. McCorkindale was SA’s only world-ranked heavyweight until Kallie Knoetze and Gerrie Coetzee in the 1970s.

1980 — Brakpan-born Desire Wilson becomes the first woman to win a Formula One race when she finishes first in the Aurora British national F1 championship, a non-world championship event. Starting second on the grid, she took the lead at the start and stayed in front for the rest of the 40-lap race at Brands Hatch to win by more than 16 seconds...

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