Mike Wilds

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Mike Wilds
Born (1946-01-07) 7 January 1946 (age 70)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19741976
Teams Ensign, BRM,
non-works March
non-works Shadow
Entries 8 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1974 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1976 British Grand Prix

Mike Wilds (born 7 January 1946 in Chiswick, London) is a British racing driver from England. He participated in eight Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 20 July 1974. He scored no championship points.

After winning a few races in Formula 3 in the early 1970s, Wilds moved on to Formula 5000. At the same time, he took part in a few Formula One Grands Prix, firstly with a non-works March, then with Ensign and BRM. After he failed to qualify at his home grand prix in 1976, with a privately run Shadow, he concentrated on other forms of motor sport, including sports car racing and historic racing.

Wilds won the Formula Two class in the 1978 Aurora AFX championship, driving a Ralt and finished ninth in the overall standings.[1] He also won the Thoroughbred Sports Cars championship in 1984 driving an Aston Martin DB4.[2]

Wilds won the RJB Mining Historic Sports Car Championship in 1992, '93, '96 and 98.[2]

Wilds' sports car racing career included driving at Le Mans 8 times, including C2 cars for Ecurie Ecosse (World Champion C2, 1986), and Group C for Nissan in 1988 with team-mate Win Percy.

Wilds won the 2008 Britcar Drivers Championship together with Ian Lawson and Mike's son Anthony Wilds in the ING Sport BMW; the team also went on to win again in 2013 and also won the 2008 Group C Enduro Trophy in the Porsche 962 with Henry Pearman.

He still occasionally drives in events for historic cars. He raced a Porsche 962 and an Elva Mk5 in the 2008 Silverstone Classic. He returned to the Britcar Endurance grid in May 2016 posting his first win as a shared drive with son Anthony in a Ferrari 458.[3]

Wilds at Snetterton, May 2016

In addition to his car racing career, Wilds is an active commercial helicopter pilot and instructor. He is affectionately known as 'The Honorific' Mike Wilds.[citation needed]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1974 Dempster Racing March 731 Ford V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR
DNQ
GER NC 0
Team Ensign Ensign N174 Ford V8 AUT
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
USA
NC
1975 Stanley BRM BRM P201 BRM V12 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA NC 0
1976 Team P R Reilly Shadow DN3 Ford V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR
DNQ
GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN NC 0
Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 401. ISBN 0851127029. 
  2. ^ a b Heseltine, Richard (July 2005). "Talk curve -- Historic motorsport insight -- Why Wilds' thing is racing". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 106. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship". May 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 

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