British Racing Partnership

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BRP
British Racing Partnership logo.png
Full name British Racing Partnership
Base United Kingdom Tring, Hertfordshire, UK
Founder(s) United Kingdom Alfred Moss
United Kingdom Ken Gregory
Noted staff United Kingdom Tony Robinson
Noted drivers United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United States Masten Gregory
United Kingdom Innes Ireland
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor
United States Jim Hall
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
Races competed 43
Constructors Cooper, BRM, Lotus, BRP
Engines Borgward, BRM, Climax
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 2
Final race 1964 Mexican Grand Prix
United Kingdom BRP as a Formula One constructor
Formula One World Championship career
Engines BRM
Entrants United Kingdom British Racing Partnership
Debut 1963 Belgian Grand Prix
Final race 1964 Mexican Grand Prix
Races competed 13
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

British Racing Partnership (BRP) was a racing team, and latterly constructor, from the United Kingdom. It was established by Alfred Moss and Ken GregoryStirling Moss's father and former manager respectively — in 1957 to run cars for Stirling, when not under contract with other firms, along with other up-and-coming drivers.[1]

The BRP BRM P25 which Stirling Moss drove to second place in the 1959 British Grand Prix, BRP's best result.

BRP ran a Cooper-Borgward Formula Two car and occasionally a BRM Formula One car in 1959, the latter being demolished in a spectacular crash at the Avus street circuit.[1] BRP was the first Formula One team to sell the entire identity of the team in return for sponsorship income; they were sponsored by the Yeoman Credit Ltd. hire-purchase company from August 1959 and became Yeoman Credit Racing for the 1960 season. BRP was given a sum of £40,000 just to buy their equipment plus £20,000/year to operate the team.[1] The team ran Coopers in both Formula One and Formula Two during 1960, with mixed success. During this time four of the team's drivers were killed while racing their cars, and the Yeoman Credit management became concerned that the team was not generating solely positive publicity for their company. The Yeoman Credit deal was passed to Reg Parnell Racing at the end of the year, and for the 1961 and 1962 seasons BRP was renamed UDT Laystall Racing, as part of a new, similar sponsorship deal. UDT was United Dominions Trust, who among various holdings owned Laystall Engineering, the principle supplier of crankshafts to the British automotive and aviation industries.[1]

For 1963, the team reverted to its original name and became a true constructor; they had been running Lotus 24s and Cooper T51s for the previous few seasons, and had tried to acquire the more modern, monocoque Lotus 25 without success. This caused chief designer, Tony Robinson, to design his own monocoque car, patterned very closely after the Lotus 25, but with a thicker skin and running a BRM V8 rather than the typical Coventry Climax engine run in the Lotus 25. This car is commonly referred to as the BRP-BRM and was raced by Innes Ireland and Trevor Taylor.[1]

As a constructor, BRP took part in 13 Grand Prix rounds, scoring a total of 11 championship points. After 1964 the team was forced to withdraw from F1; BRP were denied membership of the Formula 1 Constructors Association which effectively deprived them of start money, then a significant factor in a team's income. BRPs were built for the Indianapolis 500 but enjoyed little success.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

As a privateer[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1958 Cooper T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR
United Kingdom Tom Bridger Ret
1959 MON 500 NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA
Cooper T51 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Ivor Bueb DNQ
Borgward 1500 RS 1.5 L4 13
United Kingdom Chris Bristow 10
BRM P25 BRM P25 2.5 L4 United Kingdom Stirling Moss DSQ 2
West Germany Hans Herrmann Ret
1961 Lotus 18
18/21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
United Kingdom Cliff Allison 8 DNS
United Kingdom Henry Taylor DNQ DNP 10 Ret 11
Belgium Lucien Bianchi Ret Ret
Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu DNS
United States Masten Gregory Ret Ret
1962 NED MON BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA RSA
Lotus 24
18/21
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
Climax FPF 1.5 L4
D United Kingdom Innes Ireland Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 8 5
United States Masten Gregory Ret 7
Lotus 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 DNQ WD Ret 12 6
1963 Lotus 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA
United States Jim Hall Ret Ret 8 11 6 5 8 10 8
United Kingdom Innes Ireland Ret Ret
1964 Lotus 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX
United Kingdom Innes Ireland DNS
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Ret

As a constructor[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points WCC
1963 BRP 1 BRM V8 D MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA 6 6th
United Kingdom Innes Ireland Ret 4 7 Ret 4
1964 BRP 1
BRP 2
BRM V8 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX 5 7th
United Kingdom Innes Ireland 10 Ret 10 5 5 Ret 12
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Ret 7 Ret Ret DNQ 6 Ret

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Jacobson, Curtis. "Kurt DelBene's 1964 B.R.P. (BRP-BRM) Grand Prix Race Car". www.britishracecar.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013.