Harry Tincknell

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Harry Tincknell
Nationality British
Born (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 24)
Exeter (England)
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season 2014
Current team Ford Racing
Car no. 67
Former teams Nissan Motorsports
Previous series
201415
201415
2013
201112
200910
2009
2008–09
2008
FIA WEC
European Le Mans Series
FIA European Formula 3 Championship
British Formula 3 Championship
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FRUK Winter Series
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
Championship titles
2009
2009
FRUK Winter Series
FRUK Graduate Cup
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2014 -
Teams Ford Racing (2016)
Nissan Motorsports (2015)
Jota Sport (2014)
Best finish 5th (2014)
Class wins 1

Harry Tincknell (born 29 October 1991 in Exeter, Devon) is a British racing driver who switched from a successful single-seater career to sportscars in 2014. Having won the LM P2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hour race début in 2014, in 2015 he was announced as an official “factory” Nissan NISMO LM P1 FIA World Endurance Championship race and development driver. He contested the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2015, and set fastest time for the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo both in qualifying and during the race. In March 2016, Tincknell was confirmed as a factory driver for Ford Racing with Chip Ganassi Racing in the FIA WEC and also for the Le Mans 24 Hours. He will also compete in the European Le Mans Series with G-Drive Racing in a Gibson-Nissan chassis (formerly designated Zytek Z11SN).

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Tincknell made his karting début in 2001,[1] finishing in the top five of both the Dunkeswell Club Championship and the South West British Championship series. After competing in Cadets in 2002, Tincknell moved up to TKM karts in 2003, winning the Winter Series at the Shenington kart circuit in Oxfordshire. He continued at that level in 2004, winning a round at Larkhall[2] and finished in 27th place in the championship for Connaught Racing. Tincknell moved into the ICA Junior Belgian Championship in 2005, and finished in fifth position in the championship, 65 points behind champion Laurens Vanthoor.

Tincknell stayed at ICA Junior level for the 2006 season, competing in the WSK International Series. He finished fourteenth in the championship, despite earning a third-place finish at La Conca, Italy. Tincknell frequented in various series in 2007, competing in no less than eight different championships or trophy races during the season. His best result was fourth in the South Garda Winter Cup, finishing behind Yannick de Brabander, António Félix da Costa and Robin Frijns. 2008 was Tincknell's final season in karting, and he finished as runner-up in the Euro Rotax Max Challenge.

Formula Renault[edit]

Tincknell moved into the Formula Renault UK Winter Series in 2008 and finished seventh with points-scoring finishes in each of the four races with CR Scuderia. He also contested two races of the Fórmula Júnior Portugal Winter Series, finishing in sixth and eighth places during the two races in Estoril. In 2009, Tincknell remained with the newly renamed CRS Racing, to contest a full season of Formula Renault UK.[3] He started well, setting the first pole position of the season at Brands Hatch[4] before finishing behind Oliver Webb in the first race. Further podiums came at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Rockingham as Tincknell finished fifth overall in the championship standings. His consistent finishing also earned him the Graduate Cup title, where first-year drivers battle for honours, with the best fifteen finishes for each drivers counting towards the championship. At the conclusion of the season, Tincknell dominated the Winter Series, finishing each of the four races on the podium and winning two of them. He also contested a round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Oschersleben, finishing both races in seventeenth place.

Tincknell continued in the series in 2010, leading a four-car challenge from CRS Racing.[5] Tincknell was also confirmed as one of ten drivers selected by the UK's motorsport governing body, the Motor Sports Association, to take part in its driver development programme, Team UK. Considered to be the top 10 most promising young racing drivers in the UK, each member of the team received in-car performance, fitness and nutrition training as well as advanced sports psychology, care of the Brabham Performance Clinic, created by David Brabham.[6]

Tincknell started the 2010 season off well with 5 podiums and a 1 win in the first 8 races of the season at Thruxton, Rockingham, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. After a difficult weekend at the Croft circuit, he bounced back to take a pole position and victory at Snetterton breaking the lap record which still stands on the way to the win. However, the final 4 rounds of the season proved a struggle for the team with the new Formula Renault car and Tincknell managed one more podium and 3 top five places to eventually finish 5th overall in the championship.

At the start of 2010, Tincknell was also invited to become to part of the British Racing Drivers' Club Rising Stars programme.[7] He was also confirmed as one of ten drivers selected by the UK's motorsport governing body, the Motor Sports Association, to take part in its driver development programme, Team UK. Considered to be the top 10 most promising young racing drivers in the UK, each member of the team received in-car performance, fitness and nutrition training as well as advanced sports psychology, care of the Brabham Performance Clinic, created by David Brabham.[8]

Formula Three[edit]

Tincknell signed with Fortec Motorsport to race in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2011.[9] After a tough start to the year at Monza he claimed in his first F3 podium at Oulton Park at the second race of the season before going on to finish 2nd at the next round at Snetterton. At the following round at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, Tincknell took his first win of his Formula Three career leading the race from pole position.[10] He claimed his 4th podium of the season at the Nurburgring, Germany. After starting in 8th position, Tincknell made an astonishing start to make up 5 places on the way down to the first corner and ended the race in 3rd position. After a good start to the season Tincknell finished the championship in 11th position with 1 win and 4 podiums.

After the end of the 2011 season Tincknell signed for multiple British F3 Champion team Carlin. After impressing in initial testing Tincknell suffered a freak accident at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, breaking his right hand severely which needed to be operated on back in the UK. This put him out of action for the rest of the year.

In 2012 Tincknell returned to the British Formula 3 Championship and took his first podium at the first round of the year at Oulton Park. Two DNFs followed at Monza and Pau before Tincknell got his season back on track winning at Rockingham on the championships return to the UK.[11] Tincknell then scored another 3rd place and fastest lap at Brands Hatch before the championship combined with the Formula Three Euroseries meeting at Norisring. Tincknell took 8th overall and 3rd place in British F3 in race one before scoring a lights to flag victory in race two, his first European win in car racing. He then scored another dominant win at the Snetterton Circuit and ended the year in good style with two third places at Silverstone and another win at Donington Park in the season Finale. He finished 5th overall in the Championship with 4 wins and 9 podiums. He also contested the 2012 Historic Pau Grand Prix in a 1965 Lotus 20 in the Formula Junior category finishing 2nd in both races.

Tincknell returned to his former F3 team, Fortec Motorsport for the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in November 2012.[12] On his debut at the notoriously difficult Guia Circuit, Tincknell had an outstanding weekend, qualifying 7th overall and finishing 6th in the Qualification race in the 30 strong world class field. Tincknell had a great start in the final to move up to 4th position but after encountering a mechanical issue during the race, finished 9th.[13]

Tincknell agreed a deal to make a one-off return to the British F3 Championship in 2014, signing with Double R Racing for the Thruxton meeting.[14]

FIA Formula 3 European Championship[edit]

At the beginning of 2013, Tincknell extended his deal with multiple Championship winning team, Carlin Motorsport, for the 2013 season of the FIA European Formula Three Championship. The five-time Formula Three race winner continued his relationship with the team and has been joined by Canadian racer Nicholas Latifi and British rookies Jann Mardenborough and Jordan King.[15]

Tincknell emerged from the first rounds of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Autodromo di Monza in 3rd place in the points table after a dramatic opening weekend to the season with the final two races taking place in treacherous conditions.[16][17]

Tincknell then scored an emotional win at Silverstone from a double pole position. It was the first time the 21-year-old from Devon has scored maximum points in the championship and was also a landmark victory for the Carlin team that runs his Volkswagen-powered Dallara – it was the squad’s first-ever success in a non-reversed-grid race on the series’ control Hankook tyres.

With the win at Silverstone, Tincknell became the first Briton to win a round of the FIA F3 European Championship, revived in 2012 after a 29-year break, since ex-Lotus Formula 1 driver and Jaguar Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries. It was also the first time Tincknell topped qualifying in his F3 career.[18] Tincknell remained in third position in the Championship.[19]

Tincknell then had a tough weekend in the third round of the series at Hockenheim, finishing the weekend with a strong fifth-place finish but slipping to fifth in the Championship.[20][21]

Tincknell claimed his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship podium finish of the season after a strong performance in the latest round at Brands Hatch on 18–19 May 2013.[22] Tincknell was third on the road in the third and final race of the weekend, but was moved up to second place when race winner Raffaele Marciello was excluded for a technical infringement.[23]

European Le Mans Series[edit]

Tincknell, who is mentored by triple Le Mans 24 Hours winner and 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion Allan McNish, switched from single seaters to sportscars for 2014. He signed with JOTA Sport to race a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the European Le Mans Series and finished 2nd in the 2014 ELMS Driver’s Championship (74 points total) with Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque after 1 win, 3 podiums and three personal poles. He was ELMS “Rookie of the Year” and also won the BRDC Woolf Barnato Trophy.

Harry re-signed with the British Jota Sport outfit in 2015 when the ‘factory’ Nissan NISMO LM P1 team opted to delay its race programme. He subsequently finished 3rd in the ELMS Driver’s Championship (89 points total) driving a Gibson 015S-Nissan with Dolan and Albuquerque again in the five-race series, after 1 win, 4 podiums, 2 personal poles, three front row starts and two fastest race laps.

In 2016 he returns to the European Le Mans Series, co-driving the G-Drive Racing Gibson-Nissan (formerly designated the Zytek Z11SN-Nissan) alongside Giedo van der Garde and Simon Dolan.

FIA World Endurance Championship[edit]

Tincknell contested two FIA World Endurance Championship races in 2014 – both with his ELMS team Jota Sport. He finished 2nd (LM P2) in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and then won LM P2 on his Le Mans 24 Hour race début finishing 5th overall in the Zytek Z11SN-Nissan. [24]

In 2015, Tincknell was announced as an official “factory” Nissan NISMO LM P1 WEC race and development driver. [25] [26] When the race programme was delayed, Tincknell competed in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with Jota Sport once again and won – Tincknell setting the fastest time in the LM P2 class in qualifying and again in the race itself. [27]

He ultimately made his LM P1 race début in the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo in the Le Mans 24 Hours – the team’s only race of the FIA World Endurance Championship season that year. He set the fastest lap time for Nissan in qualifying and again in the race itself. [28]

In March 2016 Harry Tincknell was confirmed as one of the Ford Racing factory drivers to co-drive the all-new Ford GT LM GTE with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK in the FIA World Endurance Championship and also for the Le Mans 24 Hours. [29]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series CR Scuderia 4 0 0 0 0 56 7th
Portuguese Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 2 0 0 0 0 8 13th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 UK CRS Racing 19 0 1 2 4 323 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2 0 0 0 0 8 33rd
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series 4 2 4 1 4 119 1st
2010 Formula Renault 2.0 UK CRS Racing 20 2 2 1 7 375 5th
2011 British Formula 3 Fortec Motorsport 30 1 0 0 4 78 11th
2012 British Formula 3 Carlin 28 4 0 1 9 226 5th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix Fortec Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship Carlin 30 1 2 0 2 227 5th
2014 European Le Mans Series Jota Sport 5 1 3 0 3 74 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 2 1 0 0 2 0 NC†
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2015 European Le Mans Series Jota Sport 5 1 4 2 4 89 3rd
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 1 1 0 0 1 0 NC†
FIA World Endurance Championship Nissan Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 0 34th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2016 European Le Mans Series G-Drive Racing 2 1 0 0 2 43 1st*
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK 3 0 0 0 1 32 6th*
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Pro 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th

As Tincknell was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. * Season still in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2012 Carlin Volkswagen HOC
1
HOC
2
LEC
1

7
LEC
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

6
RBR
1
RBR
2
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

10
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

9
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
NC† 0†
2013 Carlin Volkswagen MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

5
MNZ
3

6
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

9
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

13
HOC
3

25
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

2
RBR
1

12
RBR
2

7
RBR
3

4
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

8
NOR
3

8
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

10
NÜR
3

4
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

6
ZAN
3

6
VAL
1

11
VAL
2

18
VAL
3

8
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

5
HOC
3

5
5th 227

As Tincknell was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete European Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2014 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
1
RBR
2
LEC
4
EST
3
2nd 74
2015 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
2
IMO
3
RBR
1
LEC
3
EST
4
3rd 89
2016 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Gibson 015S Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
IMO
2
RBR
LEC
SPA
EST
1st* 43*

* Season still in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Simon Dolan
United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 356 5th 1st
2015 Japan Nissan Motorsports United Kingdom Alex Buncombe
Germany Michael Krumm
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 242 NC NC
2016 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
Ford GT GTE
Pro
306 40th 9th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2014 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
2
LMS
1
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO NC† 0†
2015 Jota Sport LMP2 Gibson 015S Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
1
NC† 0†
Nissan Motorsports LMP1 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6 LMS
NC
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 34th 0
2016 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro Ford GT Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6 SIL
4
SPA
2
LMS
10
NÜR
MEX
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
6th* 32*

As Tincknell was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. * Season still in progress.

Personal[edit]

Tincknell attended St. John's School in Sidmouth, Devon, until the age of 12. He then attended Exeter School, where he achieved 10 GCSEs: six As and four Bs. Away from the race track, Tincknell enjoys playing golf, darts,[30] rugby, and chess, as well as supporting Plymouth Argyle, his local football club.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Super 1 Series: TKM – Round 3 – Larkhall – 23 May 2004". karting.co.uk. UK Karting. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tipton driving ace has sights on F1 glory". Sidmouth Herald (Archant). 6 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship: QUALIFYING – ROUND 1 – CLASSIFICATION". tsl-timing.com. Timing Solutions Limited. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "CRS reveals new Formula Renault line-up". crsracing.com (CRS Racing). 14 January 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tincknell Among Racing Elite For Team UK". Harry Tincknell (RSM). 18 January 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.brdc.co.uk/Harry-Tincknell
  8. ^ "Tincknell Among Racing Elite For Team UK". Harry Tincknell (RSM). 18 January 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Tincknell Signs with Fortec Motorsports, eFormulaCarNews, 12 January 2011, Retrieved 12 February 2011
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  14. ^ Larkin, Simon (15 April 2014). "Harry Tincknell in confident mood ahead opening race of European Le Mans". Express & Echo (Local World). Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.harrytincknellracing.co.uk/harry-tincknell-signs-for-european-f3-title-push/
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  23. ^ http://www.harrytincknell.co.uk/harry-tincknell-racing-results-brands-hatch-may-2013/
  24. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114471
  25. ^ http://www.dailysportscar.com/2015/02/02/the-worlds-most-revolutionary-race-car-explained.html
  26. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/en/news/full-grid-for-2015-world-endurance-championship_2877.html
  27. ^ http://www.dailysportscar.com/2015/05/02/fia-wec-spa-francorchamps-wrap-up-audi-wins-tense-duel-with-porsche.html
  28. ^ http://www.dailysportscar.com/2015/06/11/le-mans-24-hours-qualifying-3-no-change-at-the-top-porsche-takes-pole.html
  29. ^ http://www.dailysportscar.com/2016/03/14/ford-confirm-le-mans-line-ups-tincknell-johnson-bourdais-and-dixon-join-gte-effort.html
  30. ^ http://www.harrytincknellracing.co.uk/harry-tincknell-swaps-grid-for-oche-in-the-off-season/

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