Chris Irwin

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Chris Irwin
Chris Irwin 1968.JPG
Born (1942-06-27) 27 June 1942 (age 76)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1966 - 1967
TeamsBrabham, Reg Parnell Racing
Entries10
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points2
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1966 British Grand Prix
Last entry1967 Mexican Grand Prix

Chris Irwin (born 27 June 1942 in Wandsworth, London) is a British former racing driver. He participated in 10 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 16 July 1966. He scored two championship points.

Irwin's career was ended prematurely by an accident he sustained when driving a Ford P68 sports prototype during practice for the 1968 1000km Nürburgring endurance race. He lost control of the notoriously twitchy car at the Flugplatz, the P68 flipping end over end after landing on its tail following a jump. He suffered severe head injuries but eventually recovered. However, it prevented him from racing again.

Irwin is still alive and reasonably well, but his whereabouts are largely unknown as he stays out of the public eye and away from motor racing events. In 2006 it was reported that he had become re-acquainted with a racing rival from the 1960s after a chance meeting in London, and that he sometimes still suffers flashbacks to his accident. Irwin was reported, however, to be in generally good condition.

In a rare appearance at a race meeting, Irwin attended the Thruxton circuit's 40th anniversary celebrations in April 2008. A three-quarter page interview and a current photograph of him posing with old 1960s rivals and a Formula 2 car appeared in the June 2008 issue of Motor Sport magazine. He is currently living in rural Rutland in the UK.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1966 Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham BT22 Climax FPF 2.8 L4 MON BEL FRA GBR
7
NED GER ITA USA MEX NC 0
1967 Reg Parnell Motor Racing Lotus 25 BRM P56 2.0 V8 RSA MON NED
7
16th 2
BRM P261 BEL
Ret
GBR
7
BRM P83 BRM P75 3.0 H16 FRA
5
GER
9
CAN
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6
1967 Reg Parnell Motor Racing Lotus 25 BRM P56 2.0 V8 ROC
6
SPR INT
7
SYR
4
OUL ESP

Complete Tasman Series results[edit]

Year Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
1967 BRM P261 PUK WIG LAK WAR
Ret
SAN
4
LON
3
8th 7

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Pts
1967 Lola Cars Lola T100 BMW M11 1.6 L4 SNE
Ret
SIL BRH
DNQ
VAL 6th 15
Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 NÜR
7
HOC
Ret
TUL
7
JAR
3
ZAN
Ret
PER
Ret
1968 Lola Cars Lola T100 Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 HOC
8
THR
Ret
JAR
Ret
PAL TUL ZAN PER HOC VAL NC 0

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