Gijs van Lennep

Jonkheer Gijsbert van Lennep (born 16 March 1942, in Aerdenhout, North Holland) is a Dutch racing driver who competed in eight Formula One races. However his main achievements were in sports car racing. He is a member of the untitled Dutch nobility with the honorific, Jonkheer.

Gijs van Lennep
Gijs van Lennep (1971).jpg
Gijs van Lennep, 1971
BornGijsbert van Lennep
(1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 78)
Aerdenhout, Netherlands
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityNetherlands Dutch
Active years1971, 19731975
TeamsS.A.N, Williams, Ensign
Entries10 (8 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points2
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1971 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry1975 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1970 - 1976
TeamsDavid Piper Autorace, Martini Racing Team, Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland, Gelo Racing Team
Best finish1st (1971, 1976)
Class wins3 (1971, 1975, 1976)

CareerEdit

 
Gijs van Lennep in his Porsche Carrera RSR Turbo during the 1000 km of Nürburgring in 1974.

Van Lennep drove for the Porsche sportscar team beginning in 1967. He shared the number 22 Martini Racing Porsche 917K with Helmut Marko, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. They set a distance record, covering 5,335 km (3,315 mi), which remained unbeaten until 2010.

Also in 1971, the Stichting Autoraces Nederland (Foundation for Car races in the Netherlands) hired a Surtees TS7 for him to make his F1 debut in his home GP where he finished a creditable eighth in a very wet GP. The following year Van Lennep won the 1972 Rothmans European Formula 5000 Championship driving a Surtees TS11 and a McLaren M18.[1] He also drove twice for the Williams GP team, earning his first World Championship point with sixth place in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. With Ensign, he scored a second point in the 1975 German Grand Prix, making him the fifth most successful Dutch Formula One driver behind Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, Carel Godin de Beaufort and Christijan Albers.

In 1973, he won the last Targa Florio, sharing the Martini Porsche Carrera RSR with Herbert Müller. He continued with sportscar racing, sharing a Porsche 936 Turbo with Jacky Ickx to win Le Mans 24 for a second time in 1976, before retiring from racing.

Racing recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1970   A.A.W. Racing Team   David Piper Porsche 917K S
5.0
112 DNF DNF
1971   Martini International Racing Team   Helmut Marko Porsche 917K S
5.0
397 1st 1st
1972   Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland   Jo Bonnier
  Gérard Larrousse
Lola T280-Ford Cosworth S
3.0
213 DNF DNF
1973   Martini Racing Team   Herbert Müller Porsche 911 Carrera RSR S
3.0
328 4th 4th
1974   Martini Racing Team   Herbert Müller Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo S
3.0
331 2nd 2nd
1975   Gelo Racing Team   John Fitzpatrick
  Manfred Schurti
  Toine Hezemans
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GTS 315 5th 1st
1976   Martini Racing Porsche System   Jacky Ickx Porsche 936 S
3.0
349 1st 1st
Source:[2]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts
1971 Stichting Autoraces Nederland Surtees TS7 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON NED
8
FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN NC 0
Team Surtees Surtees TS9 USA
DNS
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro IR Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED
6
GER AUT
9
ITA
Ret
CAN USA 19th 1
1974 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro FW Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL
14
MON SWE NED
DNQ
FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1975 HB Bewaking Team Ensign Ensign N174 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED
10
19th 1
Ensign N175 FRA
15
GBR GER
6
AUT ITA USA

Complete Formula One Non-Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6
1972 Speed International Surtees TS11 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC
Ret
BRA INT
9
OUL
Ret
REP VIC
Ret
1973 ShellSPORT Luxembourg Lola T330 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC
12
INT
7

Complete European F5000 Championship 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 Pos. Pts
1972 Speed International Racing Surtees TS11 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
3
MAL SNE
1
BRH
3
NIV
5
SIL
3
MON
2
OUL
7
MAL
2
BRH
2
SIL
1
BRH
2
BRH
4
1st 65
McLaren M18 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 OUL
4
1973 ShellSPORT Luxembourg Lola T330 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
6
MAL SIL
11
SNE
2
BRH
12
OUL MAL
7
MIS MAL
5
MON
3
SIL
C
BRH
9
OUL JYL
3
ZAN
Ret
SNE
DNS
BRH
11
10th 59

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula 5000 in Europe - Race by Race, 2004, pp.90-91
  2. ^ "All Results of Gijs van Lennep". RacingSportCars. Retrieved December 5, 2019.

SourcesEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hans Herrmann
Richard Attwood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1971 with:
Helmut Marko
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
Preceded by
Frank Gardner
European Formula 5000 Champion
1972
Succeeded by
Teddy Pilette
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1976 with:
Jacky Ickx
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Hurley Haywood
Jürgen Barth