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.