‘I have nothing but total respect for the man and his brilliance. He was a complex character but then aren’t all great champions?’, writes Martin Brundle in his foreword to Tony Dodgins’ new book on Ayrton Senna, which has been published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian’s death.
Here are the publisher’s notes about this exciting new book:
This definitive record of Ayrton Senna’s racing life provides detailed coverage of every single car race in which he competed, including Formula Ford, Formula 3 and Formula 1, in addition to one-off appearances and tests in other categories, such as the World Sports Car Championship and Indy Car. The engaging text features insightful new material drawn from interviews with many of Senna’s rivals and colleagues and is accompanied by a rich array of high-quality period photographs. This lavish book provides a fitting tribute to a Formula 1 legend whose legacy today extends far beyond the world of motor racing.
• Published ahead of the 20th anniversary of Senna’s tragic death during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in 1994.
• The karting years: racing in Brazil and South America between 1973 and 1977, and Senna’s efforts to win the elusive karting World Championship between 1978 and 1982.
• Formula Ford 1600 and 2000: racing with the Van Diemen works team in 1981, before progressing to FF2000 in 1982, dominating the British and European championships.
• Formula 3: the battle with Martin Brundle for the 1983 British F3 Championship.
• Formula 1 baptism with Toleman: nearly winning the rain-shortened Monaco Grand Prix, and qualifying third at Estoril, behind Piquet’s Brabham and Prost’s McLaren.
• The Lotus years, 1985–87: Senna’s first wins, at Estoril and Spa in 1985, two more wins in 1986, and his final Lotus year, with wins in Monaco and Detroit, before signing for McLaren for the 1988 season.
• The McLaren years, 1988–93: first world title in 1988 followed by an acrimonious year with team-mate Alain Prost in 1989. Two further world titles in 1990 and 1991, as Williams emerges to dominate with Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, Senna winning five races in his final year for McLaren.
• The final season: driving for a no-longer-dominant Williams, struggling to take the fight to Benetton and Michael Schumacher, before tragically losing his life at Imola.
Tony Dodgins has fulfilled a long-time ambition by writing this book to mark the 20th anniversary of Senna’s death. A popular and respected figure in the F1 paddock, Tony knows many of the participants in Senna’s story and has conducted many interviews to provide this book with numerous fresh insights and perspectives. He lives in Southport, Lancashire.
AYRTON SENNA: ALL HIS RACES
By Tony Dodgins
Foreword by Martin Brundle
UK price: £40.00
ISBN: 978 0 99282 090 9
Page extent: 304pp, colour throughout
Illustration: 260 photographs, mainly colour
Word count: 110,000
Published by Evro Publishing Ltd (www.evropublishing.com)
You can buy the book here: http://www.evropublishing.com/products/ayrton-senna-all-his-races