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Arsenio Laurel

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Arsenio Laurel
Born
Arsenio Hidalgo Laurel

(1931-12-14)December 14, 1931
DiedNovember 19, 1967(1967-11-19) (aged 35)
NationalityFilipino
Other namesDodjie
OccupationRace car driver
Parent(s)José P. Laurel (father)
Pacencia Laurel (mother)
RelativesJose Jr. (brother)
Jose III (brother)
Salvador (brother)
Sotero II (brother)

Arsenio "Dodjie" Hidalgo Laurel (December 14, 1931 – November 19, 1967) was a champion race car driver from the Philippines. He was the first two-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix, winning it consecutively in 1962 and 1963.

Early life

Born on December 14, 1931, Laurel was a scion of a prominent political family in the Philippines. A lawyer by profession, he was the youngest of nine children. His father was José P. Laurel, the President of the Philippines during the Japanese occupation, while several of his brothers would eventually serve the country as Vice President (Salvador "Doy" Laurel), House Speaker (José B. Laurel, Jr.), senator (Sotero Laurel II) and ambassador (José S. Laurel III).

Career

Laurel was a pioneer in the development of Philippine motorsport. He was among the first champion racers in the early years of organized auto racing in the Philippines, driving his 1954 Studebaker on the oval of the Santa Ana Hippodrome in Manila (when the horses were not running). He also excelled in karting and drag racing, and was a licensed helicopter pilot. In the mid-1960s, he was also known to TV viewers as the first host of Motoring News, which became the longest-running[citation needed] Filipino TV program about the motoring industry.

His success in the Asian racing scene in the 60s earned him an invitation to race with a European team which he politely declined.[citation needed]

Death

Laurel died during the Macau Grand Prix on November 19, 1967, at the age of 35. Eyewitness accounts revealed that Laurel, after his Lotus 41 skidded out of control, tried to avoid hitting some spectators by driving the car into the sea wall. The crash caused his car to burst into flames, leaving him trapped inside. He was the first fatality of the Macau Grand Prix.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Heath
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1962, 1963
Succeeded by
Albert Poon


This page was last edited on 9 July 2020, at 08:57
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