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Charles de Tornaco

Charles de Tornaco (7 June 1927 – 18 September 1953) was a racing driver from Belgium. He participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 22 June 1952. He scored no championship points.

Charles de Tornaco
Charles de Tornaco.jpg
Born(1927-06-07)7 June 1927
Brussels, Belgium
Died18 September 1953(1953-09-18) (aged 26)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBelgium Belgian
Active years19521953
Teamsnon-works Ferrari
Entries4 (2 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1953 Belgian Grand Prix

De Tornaco was the co-founder of Ecurie Belgique, which later became Ecurie Francorchamps, and most of his racing career was with this team, driving Ferraris. In practice for the Modena Grand Prix in 1953, de Tornaco rolled his car and suffered serious head and neck injuries. There were no adequate medical facilities present, and he died on his way to hospital in a private saloon car.[1]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1952 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 SUI 500 BEL
7
FRA GBR GER NED
Ret
ITA
DNQ
NC 0
1953 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG 500 NED BEL
DNS
FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0

Non-Championship Formula One resultsEdit

(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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
1952 Charles de Tornaco Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago Straight-6 RIO SYR VAL
NC
RIC LAV PAU IBS MAR AST INT ELÄ NAP EIF PAR ALB
HWM 52 Alta 2.0 L4 FRO
5
ULS
Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 MNZ
Ret
LAC ESS 'MAR SAB CAE DMT COM NAT BAU MOD CAD
Ret
SKA MAD AVU JOE NEW RIO
1953 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 SYR
NC
PAU LAV AST BOR INT ELÄ NAP ULS WIN FRO COR EIF ALB
Ret
PRI GRE ESS MID ROU STR CRY AVU USF LAC DRE BRI CHE SAB NEW CAD
5
SAC RED SKA LON MOD
DNS†
MAD BER JOE CUR

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Steve Small - "The Grand Prix Who's Who", 1996
Preceded by
Chet Miller
Formula One fatal accidents
18 September 1953
Succeeded by
Onofre Marimón