Martin Donnelly (racing driver)

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Martin Donnelly
Martin Donnelly VW Scirocco R-Cup - 2012.jpg
Born (1964-03-26) 26 March 1964 (age 50)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19891990
Teams Arrows, Lotus
Races 15 (13 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1989 French Grand Prix
Last race 1990 Spanish Grand Prix

Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly (born in Belfast, 26 March 1964), is a former motor racing driver from Northern Ireland. After competing in Formula 3 and Formula 3000 where he won 3 races and was a championship contender, Donnelly raced in Formula One in 1989 and 1990, until a serious crash during qualifying at the Jerez circuit ended his Formula One career.

Racing career[edit]

Formula One[edit]

During 1988, as well as his racing commitments, Donnelly was the test driver for Lotus Formula One team. But it was during 1989 that Donnelly got his first race start when he substituted for Arrows driver Derek Warwick at the 1989 French Grand Prix after Warwick injured his back in a non-competitive karting accident. He impressed in France qualifying 14th compared to his much more experienced team mate Eddie Cheever who started 25th on the grid. Donnelly finished his first F1 race 3 laps down in 12th place and was the last car running to finish while Cheever's experience told and he had a better race finishing only 1 lap down in 7th place.

In 1990 he continued in F1 with Lotus though this time not as a test driver but as a race driver alongside new team mate Derek Warwick. However, after a frustrating season of scoring no points driving the V12 powered Lotus-Lamborghini which often saw him retire with engine failure, he suffered a serious crash during practice at the Jerez circuit which ended his Formula One racing career. He sustained multiple injuries in the crash, including brain and lung contusions as well as severe leg fractures, the latter of which almost necessitated the amputation of his right leg[1]. This accident would mark the end of Donnelly's career as an F1 driver.

After Formula One[edit]

Donnelly has since managed to race in smaller club events, and managed a Formula Vauxhall team. His involvement in club racing ended in 2004 when he filed for bankruptcy due to failure to pay taxes and legal disputes regarding driver contracts. In 2004, Donnelly raced a Mazda RX-8 in a Silverston 24-Hour race, finishing in 27th place. 2006 saw Donnelly return to Lotus, participating in a track day sponsored by a Lotus owner's club. In September 2007, Donnelly beat 35 other Lotus Elises to win Class A in the Donington Park round of the Elise Trophy. This class win was closely followed by the race win in the 2nd Elise Trophy race of the day. Later in the season he raced at Spa-Francorchamps and in 2008, campaigned in a Lotus 2-Eleven. Donnelly continues to have a close relationship with Elise Trophy organisers LoTRDC, racing in a Lotus Evora in 2012 and he is currently working as a club steward for Lotus Cup Europe and Lotus Cup UK.[citation needed]

Donnelly worked as a driver development director for Comtec Racing in 2008. During this year, Norfolk county court records indicate Donnelly had continuing legal issues regarding driver contracts and a failure to pay child support. By 2009, Donnelly was no longer associated with Comtec Racing. In June 2010, Martin Donnelly drove as a guest in the Ginetta G50 Cup at Oulton Park. On 2 July 2011 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Donnelly drove a Lotus 102 similar to that which nearly took his life. The Lamborghini-powered car was the same specification as the car he drove in 1990, the original car having been completely destroyed in the crash. He has been appointed as the driver representative on the FIA stewards panel for a number of F1 Grand Prix including most recently the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Grand Prix.[citation needed]

Having worked as sporting director and driver development manager at Comtec Racing, Donnelly has recently formed the Donnelly track academy specialising in Lotus trackday events and racing services in Norfolk.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1988 Jordan Racing JER
VAL
PAU
SIL
MNZ
PER
BRH
1
BIR
2
BUG
2
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
1
3rd 30
1989 Jordan Racing SIL
Ret
VAL
DSQ
PAU
Ret
JER
Ret
PER
Ret
BRH
1
BIR
3
SPA
Ret
BUG
7
DIJ
17
8th 13

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts.
1989 Arrows Grand Prix International Arrows A11 Ford V8 BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA
12
GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS NC 0
1990 Camel Team Lotus Lotus 102 Lamborghini V12 USA
DNS
BRA
Ret
SMR
8
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
8
FRA
12
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
12
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
DNS
JPN AUS NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/01/16/martin-donnelly-on-the-crash-that-almost-killed-him-autosport-international/
  2. ^ "About Martin Donnelly". Donnelly Track Academy. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Wallace
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1987
Succeeded by
Enrico Bertaggia