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On 21 June 1970, at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, courage placed 9th on the grid.
But during the race the tragedy happened when he slid wide, ran up a bank and crashed, on the approach to the Hondenvlak bend, the corner before Tunnel Oost. The red car rolled over several times and burst into flames, the unfortunate driver stood no chance.
According to Adam Cooper's book, Courage was most likely killed when, on impact a front wheel of the car came back into the cockpit with sufficient force to remove his open-face helmet from his head. Jack Brabham was later quoted as saying that the accident occured right next to him and he remembered Pier's helmet bouncing down the road next to his wheels as he passed by.
De Tomaso 505
Dutch Grand Prix
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