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Brooks leads Ferrari supremacy in German GP

On this day in 1959, Tony Brooks led fellow Scuderia team mates Dan Gurney and Phil Hill to win the German Grand Prix.

The race was run for the first and only time on the AVUS track, which was basically two long straights joined at each end by two banked curves.

The race itself was split into two heats, for fear of the cars tyres not resisting an enduring load. Brooks and his fellow Ferrari team mates were pretty much ahead all weekend.

Sadly, the weekend was also marked by the death of Jean Behra in a supporting sports car race, his Porsche RSK flying over the top of the north turn banking, as there was no wall or fence.

The French never stood a chance unfortunately.