Teddy Pilette

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Teddy Pilette
Born (1942-07-26) 26 July 1942 (age 75)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Active years 1974, 1977
Teams Brabham, BRM
Entries 4 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 1977 Italian Grand Prix

Theodore "Teddy" Pilette (born 26 July 1942, in Brussels[1]) is a former racing driver from Belgium. He participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, the first on 12 May 1974 with Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team.

Son of André Pilette and grandson of Théodore Pilette, he followed the family path. He started his career by winning many go-kart races before being sent to England to the talent-spotting Jim Russell Racing School. This experience created the opportunity for him to be part of the cast for John Frankenheimer's movie Grand Prix, and later on Le Mans with Steve McQueen.

On the circuit, Pilette raced for Carlo Abarth in 1963 and 1965, and in 1967 he started racing for the Belgian VDS team. He won the European Formula 5000 Championship in 1973 with a Chevron B24, and again in 1975 with a Lola T400. He also competed in the USA in Formula 5000. He also made 3 attempts at the Indy 500. He attempted to qualify for the 1977 Indianapolis 500 but failed to make the field. He drove in the CART Championship Car race at Watkins Glen International in 1981 but retired after 14 laps due to gearbox failure. It would be his only Champ Car start as he failed to qualify for the 1982 Indianapolis 500 and 1983 Indianapolis 500 and was entered in the Cleveland Grand Prix later that year but the car was driven by Herm Johnson.[2]

In 1977, Capparelli arranged for Pilette to drive with the dying BRM team in Formula One, and also in the Aurora AFX Formula One Championship the following year.

In sports cars Pilette won the Spa 24 Hours with a Ford Capri, in the last race on the long circuit in 1978.

In 1992 he formed the Pilette Speed Tradition Formula Ford team in Europe. In 1994 he built his own Formula Three car, the Pilette F.3, and raced in the German Formula 3 championship with Paolo Coloni. In September 2013, he was elected Vice President of the Grand Prix Drivers Club (formerly known as Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand-Prix F1)

Racing record[edit]

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 17 WDC Points
1974 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT42 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL
17
MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1977 Stanley BRM BRM P207 BRM V12 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT NED
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
USA CAN JPN NC 0


Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1968 Belgium Racing Team VDS Netherlands Rob Slotemaker Alfa Romeo T33/2 P
2.0
104 DNF DNF
1969 Belgium Racing Team VDS Netherlands Rob Slotemaker Alfa Romeo T33B P
3.0
36 DNF DNF
1970 Belgium Racing Team VDS Belgium Gustave Gosselin Lola T70 Mk. IIIB S
5.0
109 DNF DNF
1971 Belgium Racing Team VDS Belgium Gustave Gosselin Lola T70 Mk. IIIB S
5.0
14 DNF DNF
1972 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom Richard Bond
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GT
5.0
301 8th 4th
1975 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps France Jean-Claude Andruet
Belgium Hughes de Fierlandt
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GT
293 12th 6th
1978 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Belgium Jean Blaton
France Raymond Touroul
Ferrari 512BB IMSA
+2.5
39 DNF DNF
1987 Belgium Dahm Cars Racing Team Germany Peter Fritsch
Belgium Jean-Paul Libert
Argo JM19 C2 12 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ Teddy Pilette, Champ Car Stats, Retrieved 2011-03-03

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gijs van Lennep
British Formula 5000 Champion
1973
Succeeded by
Bob Evans
Preceded by
Bob Evans
British Formula 5000 Champion
1975
Succeeded by
David Purley