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Thomas Kenrick Kavanagh (12 December 1923 – 26 November 2019) was an Australian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and racecar driver.

Ken Kavanagh
Ken Kavanagh 1.jpg
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born(1923-12-12)12 December 1923
Melbourne, Australia
Died26 November 2019(2019-11-26) (aged 95)
Bergamo, Italy
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years19511956, 19591960
First race1951 Isle of Man 350cc Junior TT
Last race1960 Isle of Man 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT
First win1952 350cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win1956 Isle of Man 350cc Junior TT
Team(s)Moto Guzzi
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
38 5 24 0 6 170
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1958
Teamsprivateer Maserati
Entries2 (0 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1958 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1958 Belgian Grand Prix

In 1952, Kavanagh became the first Australian to win a motorcycle Grand Prix race when he won the 350cc Ulster Grand Prix.[1] In 1956, he won the Junior TT at the Isle of Man TT races.[2][3] Kavanagh entered two Formula One Grands Prix in 1958 with his own Maserati 250F, firstly in Monaco where he failed to qualify, and lastly in the Belgian Grand Prix where he missed out on the race having blown his engine in practice, after having qualified 20th of 28 entrants.

Personal lifeEdit

Kavanagh died in Bergamo, Italy on 26 November 2019.[4]

Motorcycle Grand Prix resultsEdit

Points system from 1950 to 1968

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

5 best results were counted up until 1955.

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Rank Wins
1951 350cc Norton ESP SUI IOM
NC
BEL NED
3
FRA ULS
2
NAT
2
16 4th 0
500cc Norton ESP SUI IOM
NC
BEL NED FRA ULS
2
NAT 6 9th 0
1952 350cc Norton SUI
7
IOM
NC
NED
5
BEL GER
2
ULS
1
NAT 16 5th 1
500cc Norton SUI IOM
32
NED
3
BEL GER
2
ULS NAT ESP
3
14 6th 0
1953 250cc Moto Guzzi IOM NED GER ULS SUI NAT ESP
2
6 6th 0
350cc Norton IOM
2
NED
3
BEL
5
FRA ULS SUI
2
NAT ESP 18 4th 0
500cc Norton IOM
NC
NED
3
BEL
4
GER FRA
4
ULS
1
SUI NAT ESP 18 4th 1
1954 250cc Moto Guzzi FRA IOM
NC
ULS NED
4
GER SUI NAT 3 13th 0
350cc Moto Guzzi FRA IOM
NC
ULS BEL
1
NED GER SUI
2
NAT
3
ESP 18 4th 1
500cc Moto Guzzi FRA IOM
NC
ULS BEL
2
NED GER
4
SUI NAT
6
ESP
2
16 3rd 0
1955 350cc Moto Guzzi FRA IOM
NC
GER
5
BEL NED
1
ULS NAT
3
14 4th 1
500cc Moto Guzzi ESP FRA IOM
3
GER BEL NED ULS NAT 4 12th 0
1956 350cc Moto Guzzi IOM
1
NED
5
BEL GER ULS NAT 10 6th 1
1959 125cc Ducati IOM
NC
GER NED
6
BEL
5
SWE
5
ULS
4
NAT 8 8th 0
500cc Norton FRA IOM GER
4
NED BEL ULS NAT 3 11th 0
1960 125cc Ducati IOM
NC
NED BEL ULS NAT 0 - 0

Complete Formula One World Championship results [5]Edit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1958 Ken Kavanagh Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 ARG MON
DNQ
NED 500 BEL
DNS
FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR NC 0

Complete Formula One Non-Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5
1958 Ken Kavanagh Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 GLV
DNS
SYR
6
AIN
Ret
INT
18
CAE
1959 Ken Kavanagh Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 GLV
Ret
AIN
DNA
INT OUL
DNA
SIL

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ken Kavanagh career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ Daily Express page 7 Tuesday 5 June 1956
  3. ^ Ken Kavanagh Isle of Man TT results at iomtt.com
  4. ^ Cortinovis, Giovanni. "Addio Kavanagh, uomo dei record L'australiano viveva a Bergamo". L'Eco di Bergamo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  5. ^ Ken Kavanagh Formula One results at formula1.com