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GP Week : Issue 85
THE 40th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's passing was marked at a special gathering in Woking last week as the team he founded paid tribute to the New Zealander's extraordinary motor racing career. Bruce founded his eponymous McLaren Racing team in 1963, but was killed at Goodwood on a sunny 2 June 1970 while testing a McLaren Can-Am car. A minute's silence was held in memory of Bruce on Wednesday, before the team fired up the 8.0-litre Chevrolet V8 in the back of the M8D Can-Am car for a minute of ear-splitting noise in the McLaren Technology Centre boulevard. Among those present to watch the occasion was a former colleague of Bruce's Tyler Alexander and current McLaren executive chairman Ron Dennis. "The 40th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's death gives us the opportunity to reflect on his legacy, and to appreciate just how much of his original vision still lives on within our team," team principal Martin Whitmarsh said. "Bruce made his name not only as a skilled and disciplined racing driver, but also as a pragmatic engineer with the inspiration, vision and determination to take on and beat the greatest teams in motorsport. "We are honoured to uphold the McLaren name. And, for many millions of people around the world, the name McLaren is motor racing - there can be no greater testament to Bruce than that." Bruce was just 32 years of age when he perished at Goodwood. Bruce McLaren's 40th anniversary marked with a minute's noise McLAREN's Lewis Hamilton was "grateful" to end his 9-race win drought in Formula One after unexpectedly winning in Turkey last weekend. Speaking after his first win since the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix in late September, Hamilton said the triumph was a great achievement for him and the team after seeing team-mate Jenson Button take two victories in the first four races. "Looking back on the weekend, it was such a great achievement for the team and for me to finally get a win this year," he said. "I have been working hard all year for that win, so for the opportunity to finally arrive I felt it was a blessing. It felt good. I felt strong all weekend and knew I could challenge the Red Bulls and I did. So it was wicked. "The team did a solid job as they always do throughout the weekend and without their continued hard work -- both on and off the track -- we would not be in the position we are to compete with the Red Bulls. So for this I am extremely grateful and I want to congratulate them on our success. "It was almost 10 races since I had won a race, but it's all good. I think most drivers would be happy with that. For some its 20, 50 or 100, so I remain grateful to be in the position I am. I have no doubt at all that with this approach we can win more races this year." Hamilton 'grateful' to have won again F1 NEWS >> 17