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A single GP win for Gethin, but the most thrilling of all

British motorsport lost Peter Gethin on this day seven years ago, a man who secured perhaps the most thrilling win ever witnessed in Grand Prix racing. The 1971 Italian GP is engraved in the sport's history books as the closest finish of all time. It took place after a monster slipstream battle around Monza's Royal Park, where five drivers were still in contention for victory as they came out of the Parabolica for the final time. In the closing stages of the race, five drivers were left up front - March's Ronnie Peterson, Tyrrell's Francois Cevert, Surtees' Mike Hailwood, and BRM's Howden Ganley and Peter Gethin - frantically swapping the lead amongst themselves, observing each other's...
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