Tony Trimmer

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Tony Trimmer
Tony Trimmer 1975 RoC.jpg
Trimmer at the 1975 Race of Champions
Born (1943-01-24) 24 January 1943 (age 73)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19751978
Teams Maki,
Surtees (privateer)
McLaren (privateer)
Entries 6 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1975 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1978 British Grand Prix
British Formula One Series career
Active years 1978, 1980, 1982
Races 17
Championships 1
Wins 6
Podium finishes 10
Career points 165
Pole positions 5
Fastest laps 2

Tony Trimmer (born in Maidenhead, Berkshire on 24 January 1943) is a British former racing driver from England, who won the Shell British Formula 3 Championship and E.R. Hall Trophy in 1970.[1]

Tony Trimmer also won the prestigious Monaco F3 Race in 1970 driving a Brabham BT-28 and finished runner-up to Patrick Depailler in the 1972 edition.

Trimmer entered six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix with uncompetitive teams, firstly Maki for four races in 1975 and 1976, resulting in four failures to qualify. He then entered the 1977 British Grand Prix (failed to pre-qualify) and the 1978 British Grand Prix (failed to qualify), with the Melchester Racing Team, driving a Surtees TS19 and a McLaren M23 respectively. However, also driving the Melchester McLaren, he finished a superb third in the rain-soaked 1978 BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race at Silverstone, coming home ahead of many of the greats of Formula One. That year he won the British Aurora F1 Championship.

Trimmer was also one of the few people to drive the Connew Formula One car, in its last ever race (in later Formula 5000 specification) in 1973. However the car collided with a barrier at Brands Hatch after a rear damper gave way.[2]

Other than World Championship races, Trimmer raced in many non-championship F1 races and is perhaps one of the drivers who drove the greatest variety of Formula One cars ever. The list includes the great Lotus 72 at the 1971 Race of Champions, the March 701, a Lotus 49, Fittipaldi F-8 and the one-off Safir RJ-02 (aka Token RJ-02), accessing from the old times "tubby" Lotus 49 up to a real wing-car Fittipaldi F8.

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 Pts.
1975 Maki Engineering Maki F101C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
USA NC 0
1976 Maki Engineering Maki F102A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN
DNQ
NC 0
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR
DNPQ
GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN NC 0
1978 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR
DNQ
GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN NC 0
Source:[3]

Non-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
1971 Team Lotus Ltd Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
ROC
Ret
QUE
SPR
6
INT
RIN
DNS
Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 OUL
Ret
VIC
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro FX3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
4
INT
1975 Safir Engineering Safir RJ02 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
DSQ
INT
14
Maki Engineering Maki F101C SUI
13
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
9
1978 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 INT
3

Complete Shellsport International Series 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 Pos. Pts
1976 Melchester Racing Lola T460 Ford BDA Swindon MAL SNE OUL BRH THR BRH MAL SNE BRH
20
THR OUL BRH BRH NC 0
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 MAL
3
SNE
5
OUL
Ret
BRH
Ret
MAL
1
THR
Ret
BRH
1
OUL
1
MAL
2
DON
1
BRH
2
THR
Ret
SNE
1
BRH
2
1st 181

Complete British Formula One 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 Pos. Pts
1978 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
1
BRH
1
SNE
1
MAL
2
ZAN DON THR
1
OUL MAL
2
BRH
1
THR SNE
2
1st 149
1980 Jordan BRM BRM P207 BRM P202 3.0 V12 OUL BRH SIL MAL
Ret
THR
DNS
MNZ MAL SNE
Ret
BRH
Ret
THR
Ret
OUL SIL NC 0
1982 Team Sanada Fittipaldi F8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
1
BRH
2
THR
Ret
DON BRH 2nd 16

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1979 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Bob Evans Dome Zero RL-Ford Cosworth S+2.0 25 DNF DNF
1981 United Kingdom Ian Bracey United Kingdom Tiff Needell Ibec-Hesketh 308LM-Ford Cosworth S+2.0 95 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ M.G.D. (November 1970). "F3 Review". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 30. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Lawrence, Mike (August 1986). "The story of the Connew GP car". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 26. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 415. ISBN 0851127029. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Combined championship)
British Formula 3 Championship
BRSCC Motorsport/Shell Series Champion

1970
Succeeded by
Dave Walker
Preceded by
none
British Formula One Champion
1978
Succeeded by
Rupert Keegan