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Today in Racing: 12 June

A busy day in Formula 1 and at Le Mans, 12 June saw John Surtees’ Ferrari 312 win a dramatic 1966 Belgian Grand Prix from Jochen Rindt’s Cooper-Maserati and Lorenzo Bandini in the other Ferrari. The field was decimated in heavy rain, with eight of the 17 cars to start crashing out on the first lap, including Jo Bonnier, who planted his Cooper Maserati through the window into an upstairs bedroom of a trackside house. Jackie Stewart was trapped in a pool of petrol for 25 minutes after his BRM struck a telephone pole and landed up in a ditch, an incident that would spark the future triple champion’s dauntless campaign to transform F1 driver safety. The rest of today’s Grands Prix were...
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