Tony Lanfranchi

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Tony Lanfranchi
Born (1935-06-25)25 June 1935
Died 7 October 2004(2004-10-07) (aged 69)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19681969
Teams BRM and privateer Cooper
Entries 2 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1968 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1969 Canadian Grand Prix

Tony Lanfranchi (25 June 1935 – 7 October 2004) was a British racing driver. He competed in many various events throughout a long racing career, including the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans for Elva, non-championship Formula One races in 1968, and the British Formula Three Championship. Later in his career, he competed in saloon car racing, including the British Touring Car Championship.

"In his early racing days in Huddersfield he raced sports cars, including a Healey Silverstone, Austin-Healey and then an Elva Courier, in which he was quite successful in 1961. Nationally he made his mark in 1963 with an Elva-Ford Mk. VI." [1]

On 16 September 1962, Lanfranchi won the inaugural Harewood hillclimb, setting the Fastest Time of the Day at 51.61s driving an Elva Mk VI.

In 1967, Lanfranchi was due to make his Formula One debut in the BRDC Daily Express Trophy meeting at Silverstone, but the transporter of the J.A. Pearce Racing Organisation burned out in the paddock prior to first practice. Three cars were totally destroyed and Lanfranchi was sidelined.[2]

In 1980, a biography titled Down the Hatch : the life and fast times of Tony Lanfranchi by Mark Kahn was published.[3]

In 2004, Lanfranchi died after suffering from cancer in his later years.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos. Pts Class
1965 Alexander Engineering Co. Morris Mini Cooper S B BRH
7
OUL
7
SNE
9
GOO
8
SIL
8
CRY
Ret†
BRH
Ret
OUL
Ret
9th 22 2nd
1966 Alexander Engineering Co. Morris Mini Cooper S B SNE
?
GOO
Ret
SIL
7
CRY
Ret†
BRH
17
BRH
DNS
OUL
?†
BRH 8
1967 Alan Fraser Racing Team Hillman Imp A BRH
?
SNE
Ret
SIL
?
SIL
9
MAL
?†
SIL
?
SIL
Ret
BRH OUL
Ret†
BRH
10
30
1968 Alan Fraser Racing Team Hillman Imp A BRH
Ret
THR SIL CRY
?†
MAL BRH
7
SIL CRO
Ret
OUL BRH
Ret
BRH
11
18
1974 Van Der Steen BMW 3.0 CSi C MAL
Ret†
BRH
2
SIL
DNS
OUL
Ret
THR SIL
3
THR
7
SIL
7
ING
2†
BRH
9†
OUL
5
SNE
3†
BRH
8
6th 51 3rd
1975 National Organs Chrysler Hemicuda D MAL
6†
BRH
5
OUL
Ret†
THR
?
SIL
?
BRH
3†
THR
DNS
SIL
Ret†
MAL SNE SIL
Ret
ING BRH OUL BRH 0 NC 0
1979 Tony Lanfranchi Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300 C SIL OUL THR SIL DON SIL MAL DON
9
BRH THR SNE OUL 0 NC 0
1980 Tony Lanfranchi Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300 B MAL OUL THR SIL
13
SIL 13th 27 5th
Volkswagen Scirocco GTI BRH
Ret
Gti Engineering / Akai Audi 80 GLE MAL
1†
BRH
10
THR
Ret
SIL
13
1982 TL Racing Volkswagen Scirocco GTI C SIL
13
MAL
3†
OUL
3†
THR
10
THR
10
SIL
Ret
DON
8
BRH
Ret
DON
Ret
BRH
6
SIL
13
12th 36 3rd
1983 GM Dealer Sport Opel Monza 3.0E A SIL
Ret
OUL
5
THR
6
BRH THR
9
SIL
6
DON
3
SIL
7
DON
10
BRH
6
SIL
6
13th 17 4th
1986 Monorep Ltd. Vauxhall Opel Main Dealer Vauxhall Nova Sport D SIL THR SIL
12
DON BRH
24
SNE
11
BRH DON SIL 9th 26 1st
1989 Monorep Ltd. Vauxhall Opel Main Dealer Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v C OUL SIL THR DON THR SIL SIL BRH SNE BRH
21
BIR DON
20
SIL
24
31st 9 7th

† Events with 2 races staged for the different classes.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1965 United Kingdom Anglian Racing Developments United Kingdom Richard Wrottesley Elva GT160-BMW P 2.0 29 DNF DNF
1985 United Kingdom Spice Engineering United Kingdom Tim Lee-Davey
Australia Neil Crang
Tiga GC84-Ford Cosworth C2 226 NC NC

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Pts.
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P126 BRM P142 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR
DNA
GER ITA CAN USA MEX NC 0
1969 Falken Racing Cooper T86 Maserati 10/F1 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN
DNA
USA MEX NC 0

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6
1967 J A Pearce Engineering Pearce 1 Martin V8 ROC SPC INT
DNS
SYR OUL ESP
1968 P & M Racing Preparations Brabham BT23B Climax FPF 2.8 L4 ROC
7
INT
Ret
Motor Racing Stable BRM P261 BRM P60 2.0 V8 OUL
5
1970 Ulf Norinder Lola T190 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC INT OUL
DNS
1972 Speed International McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC BRA INT OUL REP VIC
DNS

Complete European F5000 Championship results[edit]

(key) (note: results shown in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
1969 David Hepworth Hepworth FF 4WD Special Oldsmobile Traco V8 OUL BRH BRH
6
MAL SIL MON KOK ZAN SNE HOC OUL BRH 35th 125
1970 Ulf Norinder Lola T190 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 OUL BRH ZOL ZAN SIL BRH CAS MAL MON SIL MNZ AND SAL THR
7
SIL
6
OUL
DNS
SNE HOC OUL BRH 22nd 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motor Sport, April, 1969, Page 516.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, June, 1967, Page 378.
  3. ^ http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16491239

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