Innes Ireland

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Innes Ireland
Innes Ireland 1968.jpg
Innes Ireland, 1968
Born Robert McGregor Innes Ireland
(1930-06-12)12 June 1930
Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England
Died 22 October 1993(1993-10-22) (aged 63)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19591966
Teams Lotus, BRP, BRM
Races 53 (50 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 4
Career points 47
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1959 Dutch Grand Prix
First win 1961 United States Grand Prix
Last win 1961 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1966 Mexican Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1958-1959, 1962-1966
Teams Team Lotus
Ecurie Ecosse
UDT-Laystall Racing Team
Aston Martin
Maranello Concessionaires
Alan Mann Racing
Comstock Racing
Best finish 6th (1964)
Class wins 0

Robert McGregor Innes Ireland (12 June 1930 – 22 October 1993), was a British military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. He was a larger-than-life character who, according to a rival team boss, "lived without sense, without an analyst and provoked astonishment and affection from everyone."[citation needed]

Ireland was born on 12 June 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England, the son of a Scottish veterinary surgeon. His family returned to Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland during his youth, and he trained as an engineer with Rolls-Royce, first in Glasgow and later in London. Commissioned as a lieutenant in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, he served with the Parachute Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone during 1953 and 1954.

Ireland's first serious year of auto racing was 1957, by which time he was running a small engineering firm in Surrey. Success in sports car racing saw him make his Formula One debut for Team Lotus in 1959. In 1960 he won three non-championship Formula One races and finished fourth in the World Drivers Championship. Badly injured in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, Ireland recovered to win the Solitude and Austrian Grand Prix races, then finished the season with a victory in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

Ireland upset Lotus boss Colin Chapman and the team sponsors by giving up his car to Stirling Moss of the rival Rob Walker team at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. This led to him being arbitrarily sacked at the end of the 1961 season, even after winning the following race at Watkins Glen. Despite occasional successes, Ireland never again had a car to match his talent, and his last serious race was the Daytona 500 in 1967.

A talented writer, Ireland produced a classic autobiography, All Arms and Elbows (ISBN 0-85184-050-7), and worked as a journalist for the American Road & Track magazine, as well as skippering fishing trawlers in the North Atlantic. Towards the end of his life, he was elected president of the prestigious British Racing Drivers' Club, which post he still held at the time of his death from cancer on 22 October 1993, at Reading, Berkshire, England.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1959 Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax L4 MON 500 NED
4
FRA
Ret
GBR GER
Ret
POR
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
5
14th 5
1960 Team Lotus Lotus 18 Climax L4 ARG
6
MON
9
500 NED
2
BEL
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
3
POR
6
ITA USA
2
4th 18
1961 Team Lotus Lotus 21 Climax L4 MON
DNS
NED BEL
Ret
FRA
4
GBR
10
GER
Ret
USA
1
6th 12
Lotus 18/21 Climax L4 ITA
Ret
1962 UDT-Laystall Racing Team Lotus 24 Climax V8 NED
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
16
GER ITA
Ret
USA
8
RSA
5
16th 2
1963 British Racing Partnership Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON
Ret
GER
Ret
9th 6
BRP BRM V8 BEL
Ret
NED
4
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
ITA
4
USA MEX RSA
1964 British Racing Partnership Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON
DNS
NED 14th 4
BRP BRM V8 BEL
10
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER AUT
5
ITA
5
USA
Ret
MEX
12
1965 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM V8 RSA MON BEL
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
10
GER NC 0
Lotus 33 BRM V8 ITA
9
USA
Ret
MEX
DNS
1966 Bernard White Racing BRM P261 BRM V8 MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
NC 0

Non-Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Team Lotus Lotus 18 Climax L4 LOM
Ret
GLV
5
PAU BRX
9
VIE AIN
10
SYR
Ret
NAP LON SIL KAN
Ret
MOD
DNQ
Lotus 21 SOL
1
DAN
2
FLG
1
OUL
Ret
LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 UDT-Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21 Climax V8 CAP BRX
3
LOM
Ret
LAV GLV
3
PAU AIN
Ret
Ferrari 156 INT
4
Lotus 24 NAP MAL CLP
1
RMS
3
SOL
DNA
KAN
4
MED DAN
3
OUL MEX
3
RAN
Ret
NAT
1963 British Racing Partnership Lotus 24 BRM V8 LOM
3
GLV
1
PAU IMO SYR AIN
2
INT
4
ROM KAN MED AUT OUL
13
RAN
BRP SOL
3
1964 British Racing Partnership BRP BRM V8 DMT
1
NWT
Ret
SYR AIN
Ret
INT
12
SOL
Ret
MED
3
RAN
1965 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM V8 ROC SYR
Ret
SMT INT MED
5
RAN
6
1966 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus 25 BRM V8 RSA
Ret
SYR INT
Bernard White Racing BRM P261 BRM V8 OUL
4

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Brabham
BRDC International Trophy winner
1960
Succeeded by
Stirling Moss
Preceded by
Gerald Lascelles
BRDC President
1992 - 1993
Succeeded by
The Lord Hesketh