30 November 1932|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Died||15 January 2001
Honeydew, Johannesburg, South Africa
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Races||1 (0 starts)|
|First race||1965 South African Grand Prix|
|Last race||1965 South African Grand Prix|
Blignaut raced locally in South Africa for many years and made two appearances in the Formula One Rand Grand Prix under the "Team Valencia" banner, in 1963 and 1964, finishing 12th on both occasions. He also entered the 1965 South African Grand Prix, a World Championship event, but withdrew before the meeting took place.
He later turned to team ownership, setting up the "Alex Blignaut Racing Team" and entering cars in the South African Formula One Championship throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, earning many race wins. Among the drivers who competed for Blignaut were Eddie Keizan and Ian Scheckter. Keizan also drove Blignaut's Tyrrell 004 in the World Championship South African Grands Prix in 1973 and 1974.
Blignaut was later secretary of SAMRaC (South African Motor Racing Club), the club which organised the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami. He died in 2001 after an accident on his farm, when he electrocuted himself while repairing a piece of machinery.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1965||Team Valencia||Cooper Special||Climax Straight-4||RSA
Non-Championship Formula One results
|1963||Team Valencia||Cooper T53||Climax Straight-4||LOM||GLV||PAU||IMO||SYR||AIN||INT||ROM||SOL||KAN||MED||AUT||OUL||RAN
|1964||Team Valencia||LDS||Alfa Romeo Straight-4||DMT||NWT||SYR||AIN||INT||SOL||MED||RAN
- John Thompson, "The Formula One Record Book", Frewin, 1974, pp.210-211.
- Steve Small, "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Guinness, 1996, p.237.
- Mario Bauer, "Grand Prix Insider", 30 November 2008
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