Rob Slotemaker

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Rob Slotemaker

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Rob Slotemaker in 1968
Born(1929-06-13)13 June 1929
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Died 16 September 1979(1979-09-16) (aged 50)
Zandvoort, Netherlands
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch
Active years 1962
Teams Ecurie Maarsbergen
Entries 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1962 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry 1962 Dutch Grand Prix

Rob "Sloot" Slotemaker (13 June 1929 in Batavia – 16 September 1979 in Zandvoort) was a Dutch racing driver.

Batavia, Dutch East Indies capital of the Dutch East Indies

Batavia, also called Betawi in the city's local Malay vernacular, was the capital of the Dutch East Indies. The area corresponds to present-day Jakarta. Batavia can refer to the city proper, as well as its suburbs and hinterland, the Ommelanden, which included the much larger area of the Residency of Batavia in today's Indonesian provinces of DKI Jakarta, Banten and West Java. In Betawi Malay, the are constituting the former Residency of Batavia is called Tanah Betawi.

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He entered one Formula One World Championship race, the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix, with one of Carel Godin de Beaufort's Porsches, but his car was not ready in time for the event. His entry was taken by Wolfgang Seidel. [1] Throughout the 1960s Slotemaker competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and was a driver and advisor for the Le Mans film in 1970.

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On 16 September 1979, at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Slotemaker was killed when he crashed his Chevrolet Camaro during the "Trophy of the Dunes" touring car race. His car spun on a patch of oil and collided with a course car parked alongside the track. Despite the relatively minor force of the accident, he suffered a broken neck and died instantly. A doctor in the course car was also injured. [3]

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A section of the circuit, the right-hander past Hunzerug, is named in his memory.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1962 Rob Slotemaker Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 NED

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  1. John Thompson, "The Formula One Record Book", Frewin, 1974, pp. 84–85.
  2. Slotemakers Anti-Skid School (Dutch)
  3. The Straits Times, 18 September 1979, p.26.