Alan van der Merwe

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Alan van der Merwe
Nationality South African
Born (1980-01-31) 31 January 1980 (age 37)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Previous series
2008–09
2008
2006–07
2004
200203
2001
2001
A1 Grand Prix
Le Mans Series LMP2
A1 Grand Prix
Formula 3000
British Formula 3
British Formula Ford
Formula Ford Festival
Championship titles
2003 British Formula 3 Championship

Alan van der Merwe (born 31 January 1980 in Johannesburg) is a South African race car driver.[1]

He won the 2001 Formula Ford Festival,[1] he was the 2003 British Formula 3 Champion[1] and ran for Super Nova Racing in Formula 3000 in 2004.[1] His money ran out mid-season and he became contracted as a part-time tester for BAR-Honda.[1]

In 2005 and 2006, van der Merwe raced in A1 Grand Prix for A1 Team South Africa,[1] with a best placed finish of 7th in New Zealand.

In 2006 he joined the Bonneville 200 MPH Club,[2] driving a BAR-Honda team car, in their project called Bonneville 400 (km/h), to speeds in excess of 250 mph in an attempt to set an official land speed record for a Formula One car on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats.[3]

In 2008, he drove for James Watt Automotive in the 1000 km of Silverstone, part of the Le Mans Series season,[1] finishing in 33rd place, completing 159 laps.

He returned to A1 Grand Prix in 2009[1] in the final round at Brands Hatch.

Van der Merwe is currently the official driver of the FIA Medical Car in Formula One events.[4] He took the job in 2009.

Racing record[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2001 Formula Ford Festival Unknown 1 0 1 NC 1st
British Formula Ford Championship Unknown 14 2 1  ? 2nd
2002 British Formula 3 Carlin Motorsport 30 0 1 98 8th
2003 British Formula 3 Carlin Motorsport 24 5 9 308 1st
2004 Formula 3000 Super Nova Racing 7 0 0 2 14th
2005 Formula One BAR Test driver
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team South Africa 8 0 0 0 NC
2008 Le Mans Series James Watt Automotive 1 0 0 2 37th
2008–09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team South Africa 2 0 0 0 NC

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 DC Points
2004 Super Nova Racing IMO
8
CAT
12
MON
9
NUR
Ret
MAG
9
SIL
8
HOC
Ret
HUN SPA MNZ 14th 2

Complete A1 Grand Prix 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 A1 Team South Africa NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
BEI
SPR
BEI
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR

9
IDN
FEA

Ret
NZL
SPR

7
NZL
FEA

16
AUS
SPR

16
AUS
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR

8
SHA
FEA

12
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
NC 0
2008–09 NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
GBR
SPR

15
GBR
SPR

11
14th 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alan van der Merwe". Driver Database. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Bonneville 200mph Club Members by Year
  3. ^ Hanlon, Mike (July 18, 2006). "Honda F1 car attempts land speed record at Bonneville". gizmag. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "F1 unveils new Safety and Medical cars for 2015". Grand Prix Times. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Anthony Davidson
Formula Ford Festival
Winner

2001
Succeeded by
Jan Heylen
Preceded by
Robbie Kerr
British Formula 3
Champion

2003
Succeeded by
Nelson Angelo Piquet