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Motorsport world pays tribute to Tauranac

Mat Coch

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Saturday 18th July, 2020 - 1:07am

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Ron Tauranac

The motorsport world has shared its condolences and memories of Ron Tauranac following the legendary designer’s death overnight.

The 95-year-old was responsible for the design of the Formula 1 championship winning Brabhams, and played a largely unacknowledged but instrumental role in the success of Cooper in the 1960 world title winning campaign.

He was also the man behind Ralt, designing and producing cars for junior formulae that launched careers such as Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg, and Ayrton Senna.

Sam Michael, former Williams F1 Technical Director

“Ron had a significant impact on motorsport globally, from F1 to national competition. His pragmatic approach to race car design influenced my own thinking, and I know that of Patrick Head, Ron Dennis, Neil Trundle and countless others in pitlanes around the world.

“Ron was the ‘racer’s racer’ in the truest sense. I remember racing him in rental cars around Monza in the Jordan-Honda days, and watching him still drawing hill climb cars in Bondi well into his 80s. Ron, what a great life and you’ll be missed.”

 

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