Former Grand Prix driver Oscar Larrauri is celebrating his 56th birthday today.

The 1982 European Formula 3 champion joined the Minardi concern in Formula 2, Oscar Larrauri at the 1988 Monaco Grand Prixbefore going on to win the 1986 Europe Cup Renault Alpine V6 Turbo championship.

There began a long relationship with Walter Brun’s sports car outfit, which continued into the early 1990s.

Brun’s desire to utilise Larrauri’s considerable backing came in the form of the EuroBrun F1 operation, that launched in 1988. In 21 appearances for the team spanning two seasons, he qualified just eight times, with a best finish of 13th at the 1988 Mexican Grand Prix.

Sidelined at the end of the 1988 season, he returned for the team in the latter half of the 1989 season, but the EuroBrun project was a complete embarrassment and he failed to escape prequalification at every turn.

Despite this, he continued in motorsport in the World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship, Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft and All-Japan Sports Prototype Championships.

He returned to his native South America in the late 1990s, becoming a three-time champion in the South American Super Touring Championship in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

[Original image via F1 Rejects]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.