Ken Smith (racing driver)

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Kenneth Smith
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealander
Born (1941-08-11) 11 August 1941 (age 77)
Awards
1987Member of the Order of the British Empire

Kenneth James Smith MBE (born 11 August 1941) is a New Zealand motor racing driver, who won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990, and 2004.[1][2]

Smith first competed in motor racing in 1958, winning the New Zealand Hill Climb championship when he was 16. He progressed to single seater racing in 1962, first driving a Lola March T, Formula Junior car. Later he raced in Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial, and Toyota Racing Series among others[3][4]

Smith won the Gold Star Drivers Award in the 1975–1976, 1983–1984, 1984–1985, 1986–1987 and 1989–1990 seasons.[5] In 2011 Smith won the Formula 5000 Revival championship for the third time.[6] As well as his victories in New Zealand, Smith also won the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selangor Grand Prix twice, and the Malaysian Grand Prix once.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Smith was awarded the MBE in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to motorsport,[8] and in 1995 was inducted into the New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame.[9] In 2008 he received the Motorsport Personality of the Year award.[10] In 2010 he received a Motorsport New Zealand Special Award given in recognition of his pivotal role in motorsport.[11]

Racing Record[edit]

NZ F5000 Tasman Revival Series[edit]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Position Points
2014/15 Ken Smith Motorsport Lola T332 Chevrolet SAN
R1

SAN
R2

SAN
R3

SMSP
R1

SMSP
R2

SMSP
R3

HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

1
HAM2
R1

1
HAM2
R2

1
HAM2
R3

1
RUA
R1

RUA
R2

RUA
R3

MAN
R1

1
MAN
R2

1
MAN
R3

1
N/A 0**
2015/16 Ken Smith Motorsport Lola T332 Chevrolet MAN
R1

1
MAN
R2

1
MAN
R3

1
HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

1
RUA
R1

1
RUA
R2

1
RUA
R3

1
MAN2
R1

1
MAN2
R2

1
MAN2
R3

1
PHI
R1

2
PHI
R2

2
PHI
R3

3
PHI
R4

3
1st ?
2016/17 Ken Smith Motorsport Lola T332 Chevrolet BAR
R1

BAR
R2

BAR
R3

SAN
R1

SAN
R2

SAN
R3

HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

1
TAU
R1

1
TAU
R2

3
TAU
R3

1
RUA
R1

1
RUA
R2

1
RUA
R3

2
N/A 0**
2017/18 Ken Smith Motorsport Lola T332 Chevrolet PUK
R1

DNS
PUK
R2

DNF
PUK
R3

DNS
MAN
R1

MAN
R2

MAN
R3

TAU
R1

1
TAU
R2

2
TAU
R3

2
HAM
R1

1
HAM
R2

1
HAM
R3

1
RUA
R1

DNF
RUA
R2

DNS
RUA
R3

DNS
PHI
R1

PHI
R2

PHI
R3

12th 272
2018/19* Ken Smith Motorsport Lola T332 Chevrolet PUK
R1

1
PUK
R2

1
PUK
R3

1
TAU
R1

1
TAU
R2

1
TAU
R3

1
HAM
R1

HAM
R2

HAM
R3

RUA
R1

RUA
R2

RUA
R3

HAM
R1

HAM
R2

HAM
R3

1st 208
*Season Still in progress
**Needed to compete at all rounds to be classified for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Smith Still Has Winning Formula". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Grand Prix". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Ken Smith". Speedcafe.com. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Toyota Racing Series". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Gold Star Race Champions - Single Seater". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Smith Secures Third Consecutive Formula 5000 Revival Crown". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Titles". Ken Smith. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  9. ^ "'You' Night Attracts Scott Dixon". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Motorsport New Zealand Media Awards". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Motorsport New Zealand Special Award". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Warwick Brown
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
1976
Succeeded by
Keke Rosberg
Preceded by
Dean Hall
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
1990
Succeeded by
Craig Baird
Preceded by
Jonny Reid
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
2004
Succeeded by
Simon Gamble