Harry Tincknell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Harry Tincknell
Nationality British
Born (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 23)
Exeter (England)
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season 2014
Current team Nissan NISMO
Car no. 22
Starts 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
British Formula Three Championship
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FRUK Winter Series
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
Championship titles
FRUK Winter Series
FRUK Graduate Cup
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2014 -
Teams 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 currently driving for Nissan NISMO in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class winner.



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 Three 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 Three 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 Pau Historic 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 switched from single seaters to sportscars for 2014, signing with JOTA Sport to race a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours.[24]

Nissan GT-R LMP1[edit]

Tincknell was announced as a full season driver for 2015 for the newly created Nissan LMP1[25] programme [26] driving the #22 car. The car will compete in the FIA WEC [27] which includes a return to Le Mans where he won in LMP2 with Jota in 2014.[28]

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 British Formula Renault 2.0 CRS Racing 19 0 1 2 4 323 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2 0 0 0 0 8 33rd
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 2 4 1 4 119 1st
2010 British Formula Renault 2.0 CRS Racing 20 2 2 1 7 375 5th
2011 British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 30 1 0 0 4 78 11th
2012 British Formula Three 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

† – As Tincknell was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
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


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,[29] rugby, and chess, as well as supporting Plymouth Argyle, his local football club.


  1. ^ "Harry Tincknell | Motor Sport Magazine Archive". motorsportmagazine.com. 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  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
  10. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/92453/
  11. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/100267/
  12. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/103047/
  13. ^ http://harrytincknellracing.com/newsDetail.php?news_id=121&from=news
  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/
  16. ^ http://harrytincknellracing.com/newsDetail.php?news_id=123&from=news
  17. ^ http://www.harrytincknell.co.uk/harry-tincknell-racing-results-monza-march-2013/
  18. ^ http://harrytincknellracing.com/newsDetail.php?news_id=124&from=news
  19. ^ http://www.harrytincknell.co.uk/harry-tincknell-racing-results-silverstone-2013/
  20. ^ http://harrytincknellracing.com/newsDetail.php?news_id=125&from=news
  21. ^ http://www.harrytincknell.co.uk/harry-tincknell-racing-hockenheim-may-2013/
  22. ^ http://harrytincknellracing.com/newsDetail.php?news_id=126&from=news
  23. ^ http://www.harrytincknell.co.uk/harry-tincknell-racing-results-brands-hatch-may-2013/
  24. ^ Watkins, Gary (6 February 2014). "Harry Tincknell switches to sportscars with JOTA Sport LMP2". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  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.fiawec.com/
  28. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114471
  29. ^ http://www.harrytincknellracing.co.uk/harry-tincknell-swaps-grid-for-oche-in-the-off-season/

External links[edit]