Gijs van Lennep

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Gijs van Lennep
Lennep, Gijs van (1971).jpg
Gijs van Lennep, 1971
Born Gijsbert van Lennep
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 72)
Aerdenhout, Netherlands
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Active years 1971, 19731975
Teams S.A.N, Williams, Ensign
Races 10 (8 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 2
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1971 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race 1975 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1970 - 1976
Teams David Piper Autorace, Martini Racing Team, Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland, Gelo Racing Team
Best finish 1st (1971, 1976)
Class wins 3 (1971, 1975, 1976)

Jonkheer Gijsbert van Lennep (born 16 March 1942, in Aerdenhout, North Holland) is a Dutch esquire and former racing driver who gave a good account for himself in his eight Formula One drives. However his main achievements were at the wheel of a sports car.

Career[edit]

Gijs van Lennep with Porsche Carrera RSR Turbo during the 1000 km-Rennen at the Nürburgring 1974

Van Lennep drove for the Porsche sportscar team from 1967 and won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1971 with Helmut Marko driving the number 22 Martini sponsored Porsche 917K. They set a distance record, covering 5335 km which remained unbeaten until the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans .

That year the Stichting Autoraces Nederland (Foundation for Car races in the Netherlands), hired a Surtees TS7 for him to make his F1 debut in his home GP where he finished a creditable eighth in a very wet GP. The following year Van Lennep won the Rothmans European F5000 Championship in a Surtees TS11 [1] and drove twice for the Williams GP team, winning his first championship point with 6th place in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. With Ensign he scored a second point in the 1975 German Grand Prix, making him the second most successful Dutch Formula 1 driver, until the emergence of Jos Verstappen.

In 1973 he won the last Targa Florio with Herbert Müller in a Martini Porsche Carrera RSR.

He continued with sportscar racing, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for a second time in 1976, sharing a Porsche 936 Turbo with Jacky Ickx before retiring from racing.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1971 Stichting Autoraces Nederland Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
ESP
MON
NED
8
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
NC 0
Team Surtees Surtees TS9 USA
DNS
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso Marlboro IR Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
NED
6
GER
AUT
9
ITA
Ret
CAN
USA
19th 1
1974 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso Marlboro FW02 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
14
MON
SWE
NC 0
Iso Marlboro FW01 NED
DNQ
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
1975 HB Bewaking Team Ensign Ensign N174 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
NED
10
19th 1
Ensign N175 FRA
15
GBR
GER
6
AUT
ITA
USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rothmans European F5000 Championship, Motor Racing Year - 1973 Edition, page 122

Sources[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hans Herrmann
Richard Attwood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1971 with:
Helmut Marko
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
Preceded by
Frank Gardner
British Formula 5000 Champion
1972
Succeeded by
Teddy Pilette
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1976 with:
Jacky Ickx
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Hurley Haywood
Jürgen Barth