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 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
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
1969 Falken Racing Cooper T86B Maserati 10/F1 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN

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
1968 P & M Racing Preparations Brabham BT23B Climax FPF 2.8 L4 ROC
Motor Racing Stable BRM P261 BRM P60 2.0 V8 OUL
1970 Ulf Norinder Racing Lola T190 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC INT OUL
1972 Speed International McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC BRA INT OUL REP VIC


  1. ^ Motor Sport, April, 1969, Page 516.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, June, 1967, Page 378.
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