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Henri Jacques William Pescarolo (born 25 September 1942)[1] is a former racing driver from France. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record 33 times, winning on four occasions, and won a number of other major sports car events including the 24 Hours of Daytona. He also participated in 64 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix,[2] achieving one podium and 12 championship points. Pescarolo also drove in the Dakar Rally in the 1990s, before retiring from racing at the age of 57. In 2000 he set up his eponymous racing team, Pescarolo Sport, which competed in Le Mans until 2013. He wore a distinctive green helmet, and wears a full-face beard that partially covers burns suffered in a crash.

Henri Pescarolo
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Born (1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 77)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years1968 – 1974, 1976
TeamsMatra, March, Williams, BRM, privateer Surtees
Entries64 (57 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points12
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1968 Canadian Grand Prix
Last entry1976 United States Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1966–1968, 1970–1999
TeamsEquipe Matra (Matra-Simca), Scuderia Filipinetti, Ligier, Inaltera, Martini Racing-Porsche, Rondeau, Joest Racing, Kouros Racing Team, Tom Walkinshaw Racing (Silk Cut Jaguar), Konrad Motorsport, Courage Compétition, La Filière Elf, Pescarolo Sport
Best finish1st (1972, 1973, 1974, 1984)
Class wins6 (1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1992)

Early career and Formula OneEdit

 
Pescarolo at the 1974 Race of Champions

Born in Montfermeil near Paris,[1] Pescarolo began his career in 1965 with a Lotus Seven.[3] He was successful enough to be offered a third car in the Matra Formula 3 team for 1966, but the car was not ready until mid-season.[3] However, in 1967 he won the European Championship with Matra and was promoted to Formula 2 for 1968.[3] That season he was team-mate to Jean-Pierre Beltoise and achieved several second places and a win at Albi, which led to him being given a drive in Matra's Formula One team for the last three races of 1968.[3]

His career suffered a setback, in 1969, when he crashed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans whilst testing the Matra sports car.[3] Pescarolo was badly burned and did not compete again until mid-season.[3] He returned at the German GP where he drove a Formula 2 Matra into fifth place winning the small capacity class,[3] in his only Grand Prix race that season.

For 1970 Pescarolo was signed full-time by Matra for their Formula One team and once again as team-mate to Beltoise, put in a solid season with a third place at the Monaco Grand Prix being the high point. He also won the Paris 1000 km and Buenos Aires 1000 km sports car races partnered with Beltoise.[3] Pescarolo was not retained by Matra, and in 1971, 1972, and 1973 with Motul sponsorship, he drove for the fledgling Formula One team run by the young Frank Williams, but with little success.[3] In 1974, Pescarolo drove for BRM, again with Motul backing, but the team's best days were gone and a ninth place in Argentina was his best result in a season with many retirements.[4]

Pescarolo did not compete in Formula One in 1975 but returned to the championship in 1976 with a Surtees privately entered by BS Fabrications. Although neither car nor driver was considered to be competitive, failing to qualify for 2 of 9 Grands Prix entered, Pescarolo did begin to show speed in the final 5 races, even scoring a season's best finish of 9th at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.[4]

Career after Formula One – sportscarsEdit

After Pescarolo's retirement from Formula One, he went on to start his own team, which competed until 2012 in the Le Mans Endurance Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won as a driver four times (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1984). His team, Pescarolo Sport, was notably sponsored by Sony's PlayStation 2 and by Gran Turismo 4. During the five years that Pescarolo has campaigned Courage C60 prototypes, so many modifications have been made to the model that Courage allowed the team to name the car after themselves, such was the differences between their model and the standard C60. In 2005, it was developed further still to meet the "hybrid" regulations, before the change to LMP1/2 format.

In 1977,[5] 1978[6] and 1979 Pescarolo drove in Australia's most famous motor race, the Bathurst 1000 for touring cars held at the Mount Panorama Circuit, driving on all three occasions with 1974 race winner John Goss. Unfortunately all races resulted in a DNF for the Goss built Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtops, completing only 113 laps (of 163) in 1977, 68 in 1978 and 118 in 1979. The 1977 race saw Pescarolo's Le Mans rival Jacky Ickx win the race in a semi-works Falcon driving with Allan Moffat.

 
Franck Montagny driving the Pescarolo C60 during practice for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Pescarolo holds the record for Le Mans starts with 33 and has won the race on four occasions as a driver.[7] He has yet to win the race as a team owner, coming very close in 2005 with the Pescarolo C60H. His team did manage to win the LMES championship in the same year. His team was also second at Le Mans in 2006, followed by a third in 2007 behind a pair of diesel-powered prototypes.

Pescarolo drove the Dakar Rally in the 1990s, and is also a keen helicopter pilot.[7]

Racing recordEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1966   Matra Sports   Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra M620-BRM P
2.0
35 DNF DNF
1967   Equipe Matra Sports   Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra MS630-BRM P
2.0
55 DNF DNF
1968   Equipe Matra Sports   Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra MS630 P
3.0
283 DNF DNF
1970   Equipe Matra-Simca   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Simca MS660 P
3.0
79 DNF DNF
1971   Scuderia Filipinetti   Mike Parkes Ferrari 512F S
5.0
? DNF DNF
1972   Equipe Matra-Simca Shell   Graham Hill Matra-Simca MS670 S
3.0
344 1st 1st
1973   Equipe Matra-Simca Shell   Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670B S
3.0
355 1st 1st
1974   Equipe Gitanes   Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670C S
3.0
337 1st 1st
1975   Gitanes Automobiles Ligier   François Migault Ligier JS2-Ford Cosworth S
3.0
146 DNF DNF
1976   Inaltera   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Inaltera LM-Ford Cosworth GTP 305 8th 1st
1977   Martini Racing Porsche System   Jacky Ickx Porsche 936/77 S
+2.0
45 DNF DNF
1978   Martini Racing Porsche System   Jacky Ickx
  Jochen Mass
Porsche 936/78 S
+2.0
255 DNF DNF
1979   ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau   Jean-Pierre Beltoise Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
279 10th 2nd
1980   ITT Jean Rondeau   Jean Ragnotti Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
124 DNF DNF
1981   Oceanic Jean Rondeau   Patrick Tambay Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth 2
+2.0
41 DNF DNF
1982   Otis Automobiles Jean Rondeau   Jean Ragnotti
  Jean Rondeau
Rondeau M382-Ford Cosworth C 146 DNF DNF
1983   Ford France   Thierry Boutsen Rondeau M482-Ford Cosworth C 174 DNF DNF
1984   New-Man Joest Racing   Klaus Ludwig Porsche 956B C1 360 1st 1st
1985   Martini Lancia   Mauro Baldi Lancia LC2-Ferrari C1 358 7th 7th
1986   Kouros Racing Team   Christian Danner
  Dieter Quester
Sauber C8-Mercedes C1 86 DNF DNF
1987   Kouros Racing   Mike Thackwell
  Hideki Okada
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 123 DNF DNF
1988   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  John Watson
  Raul Boesel
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 129 DNF DNF
1989   Joest Racing   Claude Ballot-Léna
  Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 962C C1 371 6th 6th
1990   Joest Porsche Racing   Jean-Louis Ricci
  Jacques Laffite
Porsche 962C C1 328 14th 14th
1991   Konrad Motorsport
  Joest Porsche Racing
  Louis Krages
  Bernd Schneider
Porsche 962C C2 197 DNF DNF
1992   Courage Compétition   Bob Wollek
  Jean-Louis Ricci
Cougar C28LM-Porsche C3 335 6th 1st
1993   Joest Porsche Racing   Bob Wollek
  Ronny Meixner
Porsche 962C C2 351 9th 4th
1994   Courage Compétition   Alain Ferté
  Franck Lagorce
Courage C32LM-Porsche LMP1
C90
142 DNF DNF
1995   Courage Compétition   Franck Lagorce
  Éric Bernard
Courage C41-Chevrolet WSC 26 DNF DNF
1996   La Filière Elf   Franck Lagorce
  Emmanuel Collard
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 327 7th 2nd
1997   La Filière Elf   Jean-Philippe Belloc
  Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C36-Porsche LMP 319 7th 4th
1998   Courage Compétition   Olivier Grouillard
  Franck Montagny
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 304 15th 4th
1999   Pescarolo Promotion Racing Team   Michel Ferté
  Patrice Gay
Courage C50-Porsche LMP 327 9th 8th
Source:[8]

Complete European Formula Two 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
1967 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford SNE SIL NÜR HOC TUL JAR ZAN PER BRH
10
VAL NC 0
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford HOC
2
THR
Ret
JAR
4
PAL
DNQ
TUL
3
ZAN
2
PER
8
HOC
2
VAL
5
2nd 30
1969 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford THR
4
HOC
5
NÜR JAR TUL
Ret
PER
NC
VAL 4th 13
1970 Bob Gerard Racing Brabham BT30 Ford THR HOC BAR
2
ROU
Ret
PER TUL IMO HOC 10th 6
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 712M Ford HOC THR
Ret
NÜR
Ret
JAR PAL
Ret
ROU MAN TUL
Ret
ALB
DNQ
VAL
Ret
VAL NC 0
1972 Motul-Rondel Racing Brabham BT38 Ford MAL THR
DNS
HOC
Ret
PAU
DNQ
PAL
DNQ
HOC ROU
Ret
ÖST IMO MAN PER
1
SAL ALB HOC
7
NC 0
1973 Motul-Rondel Racing Motul M1 Ford MAL HOC
4
THR
1
NÜR PAU KIN NIV HOC
5
ROU MNZ MAN KAR PER
Ret
SAL NOR
3
ALB
Ret
VAL NC 0
Source:[9]

Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (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 WDC Pts
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS11 Matra MS9 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
MEX
9
NC 0
1969 Matra Sports Matra MS7 (F2) Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER
5
ITA CAN USA MEX NC 0
1970 Equipe Matra Elf Matra-Simca MS120 Matra MS12 3.0 V12 RSA
7
ESP
Ret
MON
3
BEL
6
NED
8
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
6
AUT
14
ITA
Ret
CAN
7
USA
8
MEX
9
12th 8
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
11
17th 4
March 711 ESP
Ret
MON
8
NED
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
Ret
CAN
DNS
USA
Ret
1972 Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
8
RSA
11
ESP
11
MON
Ret
BEL
NC
FRA
DNS
GER
Ret
AUT
DNS
ITA
DNQ
CAN
13
USA
14
NC 0
Politoys FX3 GBR
Ret
1973 STP March Racing Team March 721G/731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP
8
BEL MON SWE NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro IR FRA
Ret
GBR NED GER
10
AUT ITA CAN USA
1974 Team Motul BRM BRM P160E BRM P142 3.0 V12 ARG
9
BRA
14
RSA
18
ESP
12
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
NED
Ret
NC 0
BRM P201 SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
10
AUT ITA
Ret
CAN USA
1976 Team Norev Racing with BS Fabrications Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON
DNQ
SWE FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
AUT
9
NED
11
ITA
17
CAN
19
USA
NC
JPN NC 0
Source:[9]

Non-Championship Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1967 Matra Sports Matra MS5 (F2) Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 ROC SPC INT SYR OUL
8
Matra MS7 (F2) ESP
7
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
2
ROC
March 711 QUE
Ret
SPR INT
6
RIN OUL
Ret
VIC
Ret
1972 Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC BRA
Ret
INT
Ret
OUL VIC
Ret
March 711 REP
Ret
1974 Team Motul BRM BRM P160E BRM P142 3.0 V12 PRE
7
ROC
7
INT
4
Source:[9]

Major race resultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers — Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. ^ Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 286. ISBN 0851127029.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. p. 287. ISBN 0851127029.
  4. ^ a b Steve Small. The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. pp. 286–287. ISBN 0851127029.
  5. ^ 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
  6. ^ 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
  7. ^ a b "Henri Pescarolo Profile". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "All Results of Henri Pescarolo". RacingSportCars. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Henri Pescarolo – Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved January 20, 2019.

See alsoEdit