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One of two Belgian brothers who competed during the 1950s, Christian Goethals sported a moustache of which Hercule Poirot would have been proud. Although more at home in minor sports car events at the time, he also made one Grand Prix start in 1958.
The siblings drove a 1500cc Porsche Spyder in various non-championship races during the mid 1950s and finished second in class in the 1956 Reims 12 Hours. Christian Goethals also won the Fôrez Six Hours at St Etienne with his Porsche 550RS on the day that both Piero Carini and Portuguese amateur António Barreto were killed.
His Porsche was fifth in the Formula 2 Coupe Internationale de Vitesse at Reims but he was lucky to escape injury when he crashed during practice for a national sports car race at Spa-Francorchamps in 1957.
1958 German Grand Prix
He acquired a Cooper T43-Climax for the 1958 F2 season and raced under the Ecurie Eperon d’Or banner. His results had hardly been impressive when he arrived at the Nürburgring for the German GP. Goethals qualified 24th of 26 drivers and retired when his fuel pump failed after running last for four laps.
Back with Porsche in 1959, he finished sixth in the 1960 Buenos Aires 1000Kms with a new 718 RSK and German Kurt Delfosse. Second in a non-championship sports car race at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of May was the highlight of his last season racing cars.