Mike White

Motor Sport News - - His­torics -

South African Mike White, the 1978 BARC For­mula Ford 2000 cham­pion with Delta Race Cars, died this month, aged 62.

Widely con­sid­ered to be the most tal­ented driver to emerge from SA post-jody Scheck­ter, the quiet achiever ar­rived in Eng­land pen­ni­less hav­ing won the 1977 Driver to Europe FF1600 ti­tle in a Mer­lyn Mk25.

A su­perb me­chanic and test driver, Mike built Deltas for Nick Cross­ley, who loaned him a works chas­sis. The bud­get only stretched to one cham­pi­onship, but once he knew the cir­cuits, six wins and three lap records pre­saged the crown.

Fol­low­ing an abortive F3 at­tempt he re­turned to top FF2000 podi­ums late in 1979, but reached F3 in ’80-’81, win­ning races in Marches, which were no match for Ralt’s RT3. Mike then went home where he raced Toy­otas and founded the White­speed tun­ing con­cern in Boks­burg.

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