27 August 1942 |
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1973 - 1974|
|Teams||Frank Williams Racing Cars|
|Entries||5 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1973 Swedish Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1974 British Grand Prix|
Tom Belsø (born 27 August 1942 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a former motor racing driver. He is credited as the first Formula One driver from Denmark. He started out in touring cars but became a Formula Two racer in 1972, with his best result being a fourth place at the Albi Grand Prix, finishing 17th in the European F2 Championship. In 1973 he raced a Lola in Formula 5000. He also raced in a few non-championship Formula One races, finishing 7th in the 1973 Race of Champions and 8th in the 1973 BRDC International Trophy, and retiring in the 1974 BRDC International Trophy and 1975 Race of Champions. He contested the 1974 Rothmans 5000 European Championship winning at Snetterton and finishing 8th in the Series. He also competed in the 1977 Shellsport 5000/Libre series and finished fifth in a Radio Luxemburg-sponsored Lola T330-Chevrolet.
Belsø qualified a Formula One Iso-Marlboro for the Frank Williams Racing Cars team at the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix, but could not start the race because his sponsorship money didn't arrive. In 1974 he tried four times to qualify for Williams, but was only successful in South Africa and Sweden. In South Africa, the clutch on Belsø's FW failed on the first lap of the race. In Sweden, he finished his only complete Grand Prix, in eighth place.
Complete Formula One results
|1973||Frank Williams Racing Cars||Iso-Marlboro IR||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE
|1974||Frank Williams Racing Cars||Iso-Marlboro FW||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA
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