Jack Sears

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Jack Sears
1958 Jack Sears.JPG
Jack Sears' 1958 Championship-winning Austin Westminster.
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1930-02-16) February 16, 1930 (age 84)
Northampton, England
Retired 1965
Related to David Sears
British Saloon Car Championship
Years active 6
Wins 12
Best finish 1st in 1958 and 1963
Championship titles
1958, 1963 BSCC

Jack Sears (born 16 February 1930) is a British former race and rally driver, and was one of the principal organisers of the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon. as popularly known as "Gentleman Jack". His son David is also involved in motorsport.

He won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, driving an Austin Westminster. After finishing on joint maximum points with Tommy Sopwith, it was initially suggested the champion would be decided by the toss of a coin. The idea was very unpopular with both drivers and at the final meeting at Brands Hatch, with a draw being a likely possibility, two identical looking Marcus Chambers-owned Riley One-Point-Five works rally cars were brought along for a five lap shoot-out. To make the race fair, they raced five laps, switched cars, then raced five laps again with the driver who had the quickest combined time being crowned champion. In pouring rain, Sears became the first ever champion by 1.6 seconds.[citation needed]

He regained the title in 1963, driving a variety of cars including a Ford Cortina GT, a seven litre Ford Galaxie and a Lotus Cortina, which was used for the final two races.[1] Sears also co-drove a Ferrari 330 LMB with Mike Salmon to a fifth place in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours, the best result in the abbreviated racing history of the LMB.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Saloon Car Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts Class
1958 Jack Sears Austin A105 C BRH
1†
BRH
4†
MAL
3†
BRH
3†
BRH
3†
CRY BRH
2
BRH
3
BRH
3
1st 48 1st
1959 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar 3.4 Litre D GOO AIN SIL GOO SNE
2
BRH BRH
1†
NC NC
1960 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II Over 1000cc BRH SNE MAL OUL SNE
1
BRH
2
BRH
1
BRH NC NC
1961 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II D SNE
Ret
GOO AIN
2
SIL CRY
Ret
SIL BRH
3
OUL SNE
12
NC NC
1962 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II D SNE
2
GOO
3
AIN
4
SIL
3
CRY
2
AIN
1
BRH
2
OUL
2
3rd 38 1st
1963 John Willment Automobiles Ford Cortina GT B SNE OUL
4
GOO
7
AIN
4
1st 71
Ford Galaxie D SIL
1
CRY
1†
SIL
1
BRH
Ret
Ford Lotus Cortina B BRH
3
OUL
3
SIL
4

† Events with 2 races staged for the different classes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1963 British Saloon Car Championship. Retrieved on 18 December 2006.
  2. ^ Eaton, Godfrey; the Editors of Consumer Guide (1980), Ferrari: The Sports/Racing and Road Cars, Skokie, IL: Publications International, p. 93, ISBN 0-517-381982 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
British Saloon Car Champion
1958
Succeeded by
Jeff Uren
Preceded by
John Love
British Saloon Car Champion
1963
Succeeded by
Jim Clark