On this Day in 1987: Prost powers into record books

On this day 29 years ago, Frenchman Alain Prost carved his name into Formula One history.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
20th September 2016

article:20th September 2016

"The Professor": Alain Prost.

Alain Prost secured his spot in Formula One history on this day 29 years ago, his 28th career win putting him in an exclusive club.

The Frenchman reached the record mark at an eventful Portuguese Grand Prix, ending Sir Jackie Stewart’s 14-year spell as the man with the most victories.

Driving his McLaren, Prost relentlessly harried long-time leader Gerhard Berger until the Austrian spun his Ferrari with only two laps remaining. The race at Estoril also had to be restarted after a multi-car pile-up on lap two.

In a career containing four Drivers’ Championships, Prost would retire in 1993 with 51 wins. Only Michael Schumacher, with 91, has more.

More memorable events on this day:

1896: First organised motorcycle race takes place, on a 476-mile return course from Paris to Nantes.

1919: Baseball legend Babe Ruth tired Ned Williamson’s major league mark of 27 home runs in a season.

2007: Manager Jose Mourinho leaves Chelsea for the first time.

2015: Wales won their Rugby World Cup opener against Uruguay 54-9, but were hit by a series of injuries.