Don Beauman

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Don Beauman
Don Beauman.jpg
Born(1928-07-26)26 July 1928
Farnborough, Hampshire, England, UK
Died9 July 1955(1955-07-09) (aged 26)
Wicklow, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1954
Teamsprivateer Connaught
Entries1
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1954 British Grand Prix
Last entry1954 British Grand Prix

Donald Bentley Beauman (26 July 1928 – 9 July 1955 in Wicklow, Ireland) was a British Formula One driver who took part in one World Championship Grand Prix.

Beauman was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, the only son of Brigadier General Archibald Bentley Beauman CBE DSO and Bar (30 November 1888 – 22 March 1977). He had a career as a hotelier but began motor racing in 1950.[1]

Beauman ran a Cooper 500 for two years in Formula Three before switching to sports car racing, and took on Formula One in 1954 with a Connaught A-Type, sponsored by wealthy privateer Sir Jeremy Boles. He finished eleventh in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He achieved some success in Formula Two, with several third and fourth-place finishes and a second place in the Madgwick Cup at Goodwood. In 1955, the weekend before the British Grand Prix, he was killed when he crashed his Connaught during the Leinster Trophy race in Wicklow. He had set the fastest time of 82.94 mph (133.45 km/h) on his first lap but crashed near the Beehive pub on his second and was killed instantly.[2] Beauman's death plus other fatal racing accidents that year brought an end to motor car racing at the Curragh.[3]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1954 Sir Jeremy Boles Connaught A Type Lea-Francis Straight-4 ARG 500 BEL FRA GBR
11
GER SUI ITA ESP NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Narramore, Paul (5 October 2006). "Find a Grave - Don Beauman". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Don Beauman". www.historicracing.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ Traynor, Michael (2004). Iona National Airways: Irelands First Commercial Airline. Michael Traynor. p. 93. ISBN 0-9549194-0-8. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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