On this day in 1959. – Formula 1 race in Berlin

German Grand Prix in 1959. was held on a extremly fast AVUS track  (Automobil-Verkehrs und Übungsstraße, eng. Automobile traffic and training road) in Berlin which was consisted from two 4 kilometer long autobahn lanes and two corners.

On the north of these two corners in 1937, a 9-meter-high 43-degree brick banking was constructed without any fence on the top and which was called the Wall of Death.

In that corner in the sports cars race before the main race  Jean Berhra flew out of the track, dropped out of his Porsche RSK, hit a pillar holding one of the flags with his head and died from head injuries.

The race is unique in the history of Formula 1 because it took place in two runs of 30 laps. Tony Brooks celebrated in Ferrari ahead of his teammates Dan Gurney and Phil Hilla.

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

JEAN BERHRA – FATAL CRASH

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