Desire Wilson: Memories of 1980

Desire Wilson: Memories of 1980

In an extract from Alan Wilson's new book, Desire Wilson: Driven by Desire, we look back on the South African's 1980 season, during which she became the first - and so far only - woman to win a contemporary Formula 1 race

For 1980, Des expected to be driving for Team Surtees in Aurora Formula 1, but as Christmas approached, John Surtees withdrew from the series.

However, it seemed that as one door shut, another opened: Desire was contacted by representatives of Chrysler's MOPAR parts group, who had sponsored Guy Edwards the previous season.

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