Gijs van Lennep

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Gijs van Lennep
Gijs van Lennep (1971).jpg
Gijs van Lennep, 1971
Born Gijsbert van Lennep
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 74)
Aerdenhout, Netherlands
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Active years 1971, 19731975
Teams S.A.N, Williams, Ensign
Entries 10 (8 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 2
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1971 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry 1975 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1970 - 1976
Teams David Piper Autorace, Martini Racing Team, Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland, Gelo Racing Team
Best finish 1st (1971, 1976)
Class wins 3 (1971, 1975, 1976)

Gijsbert van Lennep (born 16 March 1942, in Aerdenhout, North Holland) is a Dutch esquire and former racing driver who competed in eight Formula One races. However his main achievements were in sports car racing. He is a member of the Dutch nobility with the title Jonkheer.

Career[edit]

Gijs van Lennep in his Porsche Carrera RSR Turbo during the 1000 km of Nürburgring in 1974.

Van Lennep drove for the Porsche sportscar team beginning in 1967. He shared the number 22 Martini Racing Porsche 917K with Helmut Marko, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. They set a distance record, covering 5,335 km (3,315 mi), which remained unbeaten until 2010.

Also in 1971, the Stichting Autoraces Nederland (Foundation for Car races in the Netherlands) hired a Surtees TS7 for him to make his F1 debut in his home GP where he finished a creditable eighth in a very wet GP. The following year Van Lennep won the 1972 Rothmans European Formula 5000 Championship driving a Surtees TS11 and a McLaren M18.[1] He also drove twice for the Williams GP team, earning his first World Championship point with sixth place in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. With Ensign, he scored a second point in the 1975 German Grand Prix, making him the fifth most successful Dutch Formula One driver behind Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, Carel Godin de Beaufort and Christijan Albers.

In 1973 he won the last Targa Florio, sharing the Martini Porsche Carrera RSR with Herbert Müller. He continued with sportscar racing]], sharing a Porsche 936 Turbo with Jacky Ickx to win Le Mans 24 for a second time in 1976, before retiring from racing.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1971 Stichting Autoraces Nederland Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON NED
8
FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN NC 0
Team Surtees Surtees TS9 USA
DNS
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro IR Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED
6
GER AUT
9
ITA
Ret
CAN USA 19th 1
1974 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro FW Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL
14
MON SWE NED
DNQ
FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1975 HB Bewaking Team Ensign Ensign N174 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED
10
19th 1
Ensign N175 FRA
15
GBR GER
6
AUT ITA USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula 5000 in Europe - Race by Race, 2004, pp.90-91

Sources[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hans Herrmann
Richard Attwood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1971 with:
Helmut Marko
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
Preceded by
Frank Gardner
European Formula 5000 Champion
1972
Succeeded by
Teddy Pilette
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1976 with:
Jacky Ickx
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Hurley Haywood
Jürgen Barth