Luis Fontés

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Luis Fontés
Luis Fontés at the at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans (cropped).jpg
Luis Fontés at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans
Born(1912-12-26)26 December 1912
London, UK
Died12 October 1940(1940-10-12) (aged 27)
Llandow, Wales
24 Hours of Le Mans career
TeamsArthur W. Fox
Best finish1st (1935)
Class wins1 (1935)

Luis Fontés (26 December 1912 – 12 October 1940) was a British racing driver of Brazilian parentage who, along with John Stuart Hindmarsh, won the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Lagonda automobile company and won the inaugural Limerick Grand Prix in 1935 in an Alfa Romeo. He also held a pilot's licence after learning to fly at Reading Aerodrome, Berkshire, UK, and entered his own Miles Hawk Speed Six racing aeroplane (registered G-ADGP) in the prestigious King's Cup Air Race in 1935. Fontés later briefly served as an Air Transport Auxiliary ferry pilot during World War II but was killed on 12 October 1940 while delivering a Vickers Wellington Mk1C bomber to an RAF Aircraft Storage Unit at Llandow in South Wales. The Le Mans Lagonda M45R ('BPK 202') survives in the Dutch National Automobile Museum (Louwman Museum) at The Hague and the aeroplane was owned and raced for many years postwar by the late Ron Paine but is now owned by retired Concorde pilot Roger Mills and flies from White Waltham airfield, Berkshire, UK.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luigi Chinetti
Philippe Étancelin
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1935 with:
Johnny Hindmarsh
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Wimille
Robert Benoist