Paddy Driver

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Paddy Driver
Nationality  South African
Born (1934-03-13) 13 March 1934 (age 84)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19581965
First race 1958 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1965 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
Team(s) Norton
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
33 0 9 0 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1963, 1974
Teams Lotus
Entries 2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1963 South African Grand Prix
Last entry 1974 South African Grand Prix

Paddy Driver (born in Johannesburg, 13 May 1934) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and a racing driver from South Africa.

He competed on the Grand Prix motorcycle racing circuit from 1959 to 1965. His best result was in 1965 when he rode a Matchless to a third-place finish in the 500cc world championship behind Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini.[1]

He participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, scoring no championship points. Driver was a regular competitor in the South African Formula One championship for many years, starting with the 1963 Rand Grand Prix, but only graduated full-time in 1969, driving a Formula 5000 Lola for Doug Serrurier. From 1971 he entered his own McLaren under the guise of Team Personality, finishing third in the series final classification.[2] In 1974 he was hired by Team Gunston, racing a Formula One Lotus 72, and repeating his third place.

Driver is one of a small group of people who have raced in both the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship and Formula One. The group also includes John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Johnny Cecotto.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing results[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Rank Wins
1958 350cc Norton IOM
11
NED BEL GER SWE ULS NAT 0 0
500cc Norton IOM
NC
NED BEL GER SWE ULS NAT 0 0
1959 350cc Norton FRA
5
IOM
NC
GER NED BEL SWE ULS NAT
5
4 12th 0
500cc Norton FRA
6
IOM
6
GER NED BEL SWE ULS NAT
6
3 13th 0
1960 350cc Norton FRA
5
IOM
14
NED
5
BEL ULS
6
NAT
8
5 9th 0
500cc Norton FRA
4
IOM
9
NED
4
BEL GER
7
ULS NAT
4
9 7th 0
1961 250cc Suzuki ESP GER FRA IOM
NC
NED BEL DDR ULS NAT SWE ARG 0 0
350cc Norton GER IOM
10
NED DDR ULS NAT SWE 0 0
500cc Norton GER FRA IOM
NC
NED BEL
6
DDR ULS NAT
3
SWE ARG 5 10th 0
1962 125cc EMC ESP FRA IOM
NC
NED BEL
3
GER ULS
6
DDR NAT
6
FIN ARG 6 10th 0
500cc Norton IOM NED BEL
4
ULS DDR
5
NAT
5
FIN ARG 7 9th 0
1963 350cc AJS GER IOM
9
NED BEL ULS DDR FIN NAT JPN 0 0
500cc Matchless IOM
7
NED BEL ULS DDR FIN NAT ARG 0 0
1964 350cc AJS IOM
9
NED
4
GER
5
DDR ULS FIN NAT JPN 5 7th 0
500cc Matchless USA
5
IOM
26
NED
3
BEL
3
GER DDR
3
ULS FIN
5
NAT JPN 16 5th 0
1965 350cc AJS GER
6
IOM
NC
NED DDR CZE ULS FIN NAT JPN 1 24th 0
500cc Matchless GER IOM
NC
NED
3
BEL
4
DDR
3
CZE
4
ULS
2
FIN
2
NAT JPN 26 3rd 0

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 WDC Points
1963 Selby Auto Spares Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA
DNS
NC 0
1974 Team Gunston Lotus 72E Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA
Ret
ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0

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