Gijs van Lennep

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Gijs van Lennep
Gijs van Lennep (1971).jpg
Gijs van Lennep, 1971
BornGijsbert van Lennep
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 76)
Aerdenhout, Netherlands
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityNetherlands Dutch
Active years1971, 19731975
TeamsS.A.N, Williams, Ensign
Entries10 (8 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points2
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1971 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry1975 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1970 - 1976
TeamsDavid Piper Autorace, Martini Racing Team, Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland, Gelo Racing Team
Best finish1st (1971, 1976)
Class wins3 (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 untitled Dutch nobility with the honorific 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.

Racing record[edit]

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

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1970 United Kingdom David Piper Autorace
Finland AAW Racing Team
United Kingdom David Piper Porsche 917K S
5.0
112 DNF DNF
1971 Germany Martini International
Racing Team
Austria Helmut Marko Porsche 917K S
5.0
397 1st 1st
1972 Switzerland Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland Sweden Jo Bonnier
France Gérard Larrousse
Lola T280 S
3.0
213 DNF DNF
1973 Germany Martini Racing Team Switzerland Herbert Müller Porsche 911 Carrera RSR S
3.0
328 4th 4th
1974 Germany Martini Racing Team Switzerland Herbert Müller Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo S
3.0
331 2nd 2nd
1975 Germany Gelo Racing Team United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GT 315 5th 1st
1976 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx Porsche 936 S
3.0
349 1st 1st

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