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Looking back on 51 Spanish Grands Prix

Looking back on 51 Spanish Grands Prix

This week's race at Jerez will be the 52nd running of the Spanish Grand Prix, which was first held back in 1951, the third year of the World Championship Grand Prix racing.

This week's race at Jerez will be the 52nd running of the Spanish Grand Prix, which was first held back in 1951, the third year of the World Championship Grand Prix racing. Below are some milestone events up until 1988, with the second part to follow later this week.

1951 –The first Spanish Grand Prix was held at the Montjuich circuit in Barcelona. The 6.033 km parkland circuit was the slowest on the Grand Prix calendar. Three classes were held at this maiden event with the following winners: 125cc - Guido Leoni (Mondial), 350cc - Tommy Wood (Velocette), 500cc - Umberto Masetti (Gilera). The 500cc race was held over 34 laps and took a total of 2 hrs 10 minutes and 56.2 seconds at an average speed of 94 km/hr, giving it the record of the premier-class GP with the lowest average speed.

1955 –Following the 1955 event there was a period of 5 years without a Spanish GP taking place.

1961 –This event was famous as witnessing the first victory in Grand Prix racing for Honda; in the 125cc race ridden by Australian Tom Phillis, who went on to take the world title.

1968 -Salvador Canellas became the first Spanish rider to win a world championship Grand Prix when he took the victory in the 125cc race riding a Bultaco.

1969 –The Spanish GP was held away from Montjuich Park for the first time, moving to the Jarama circuit, with the two circuits alternating over the next few years. This event also witnessed the first ever victory for a Spanish rider in the 250cc class, won by Santiago Herrero riding an Ossa.

1972 –At the Montjuich circuit Chas Mortimer became the first Yamaha rider to win a 500cc Grand Prix.

1976 –The last ever Grand Prix event at Montjuich Park. The Spanish GP moved to Jarama on a permanent basis until the first visit to Jerez in 1987.

1984 –Sito Pons scored his first ever GP victory and the first for Spain in the 250cc class for more almost 14 years.

1987 - Australian Wayne Gardner (Honda) won the first premier-class race at Jerez on his way to taking the world title. The 125cc race was won by current team owner Fausto Gresini.

1988 – The Spanish GP returned to Jarama for the final occasion, since which it has had a permanent home at Jerez. Kevin Magee riding a Yamaha took his one and only GP victory.

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