Juan Jover Sañes (23 November 1903 – 28 June 1960) was a Spanish racing driver, born in Barcelona. With Paco Godia, Jover was the first Spanish driver to compete in Formula One.[1]

Juan Jover
Born(1903-11-23)23 November 1903
Died28 June 1960(1960-06-28) (aged 56)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spanish
Active years1951
Teamsnon-works Maserati
Entries1 (0 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 Spanish Grand Prix
Last entry1951 Spanish Grand Prix

Jover raced for Scuderia Milano-Maserati in the 1947 Bari Grand Prix, where he finished sixth,[2] and in the 1948 Albi Grand Prix, where he came seventh.[3] He then finished second in the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans with Henri Louveau.[4]

In 1951 he participated in the Formula One 1951 Spanish Grand Prix, qualifying 18th, but he did not start the race after blowing his engine.[5]

Jover then switched to hillclimbing, and also endurance racing with Scuderia Pegaso. He suffered serious injuries to his left leg when he crashed his Pegaso Z-102 during trials for the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, but returned to hillclimbing in June 1954.[6] In 1957, he won the Gran Premio de Barajas in a Maserati 200S, and the following year he won the La Rabassada hillclimb, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300SL.[6]

Jover died in a road accident in 1960, when his convertible left the road and fell off a cliff near Sitges in Catalonia.[6]

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1951 Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP
DNS
NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Take 12 Spaniards - a nation's racing history". formula1.com. 24 April 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ "I Bari Grand Prix". silhouet.com. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  3. ^ "X Grand Prix de l'Albigeois". silhouet.com. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  4. ^ "17èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1949". experiencelemans.com. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Grand Prix results: Spanish GP, 1951". grandprix.com. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "An 'original' design..." Autosport. Summer 2001. Retrieved 18 November 2010.