David Hunt (racing driver)

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David Hunt
NationalityBritish
Born(1960-05-20)20 May 1960
Belmont, Sutton, Surrey, England
Died11 October 2015(2015-10-11) (aged 55)
Retired1988
Related toJames Hunt (brother)
International Formula 3000
Years active1988
Previous series
1981–1982
1983–1987
Formula Ford
British Formula Three Championship

David Hunt (20 May 1960 – 11 October 2015)[1][2] was an English racing driver and younger brother of 1976 Formula One world champion James Hunt.

Hunt started racing at 15 and moved up to Formula Ford in 1981. He competed in the British Formula Three Championship for five seasons from 1983 to 1987 against the likes of Ayrton Senna, Martin Donnelly, Martin Brundle and Damon Hill.

Hunt's major sponsor in British F3 was Acorn Computers and, as part of his sponsorship deal, he served as a consultant to video game designer Geoff Crammond during the development of Revs. This was one of the first racing games designed to be highly realistic and helped spawn the sim racing genre. The game was based on the British F3 championship and, in addition to technical feedback to Crammond, Hunt contributed extensively to the game's manual. He advised the player on racing theory and car setup, and gave corner-by-corner guides on how to lap the game's circuits driving the Ralt RT3 featured.[3]

Hunt raced in the International Formula 3000 championship in 1988 and in the same year tested for the Benetton Formula 1 team. He then quit racing.

At the end of 1994 he sold his multi-level marketing business, selling water filters, and purchased the bankrupt Lotus team to try to save it, but had no success. He continued to work on getting Lotus back into the top echelons of motor sport until 2009, when he sold the rights to the Lotus name to the Litespeed Formula 3 team. Litespeed applied to compete in the 2010 Formula One season but was refused entry.[4] However, BMW Sauber later announced that they would withdraw from the sport at the conclusion of the 2009 season and the selection process was re-opened. A team ran by 1Malaysia and backed by the Malaysian government was given entry for 2010, using the name Lotus Racing under licence from Lotus Cars.[5] In the summer of 2010, 1Malaysia bought Team Lotus Ventures Ltd from David Hunt, and used the name Team Lotus for the 2011 season.

Death[edit]

Hunt died in his sleep on the evening of Sunday, 11 October 2015, at the age of 55.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where Are They Now?". Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ "David Hunt, brother of James, dies at 55". Motorsport.com.
  3. ^ Revs Formula 3 Driver's Handbook (Commodore 64 Edition). London, GB: Firebird Software. 1985.
  4. ^ "2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List". 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Lotus confirmed for 2010 as FIA pushes for 14 teams". The Official Formula 1 Website. 15 September 2009. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  6. ^ "David Hunt, brother of James, dies at 55". Motorsport.com.