William Ronald Flockhart (16 June 1923 – 12 April 1962) was a British racing driver. He participated in 14 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, achieving one podium finish and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sportscar race twice.
|Born||16 June 1923|
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||12 April 1962 (aged 38)|
Kallista, Victoria, Australia
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1954, 1956–1960|
|Teams||Maserati, BRM, Connaught, Cooper, Lotus|
|Entries||14 (13 starts)|
|First entry||1954 British Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1960 United States Grand Prix|
Flockhart started competing in 1951 in a JP Formula 3 car. He purchased the famous ERA R4D from Raymond Mays and in 1953 had a very successful season, beating one of the works BRMs at Goodwood. He achieved podium finishes at Goodwood, Charterhall, Snetterton and Crystal Palace, as well as several hill climb successes.
Flockhart's best World Championship result was third place at the 1956 Italian Grand Prix in a Connaught Type B. In 1959, driving a BRM P25, he won the Lady Wigram Trophy, and qualified on pole, set fastest lap and won the non-championship Silver City Trophy.
In 1956, driving for the Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse, he won the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, sharing an ex-works Jaguar D-type with Ninian Sanderson. The following year he won again for the same team, this time sharing with Ivor Bueb, setting a distance record of 2,732.8 mi (4,398.0 km).
Record flight attempts and deathEdit
In the early 1960s the United Dominions Trust made plans to break the record for the time taken to fly from Sydney to London in order to gain publicity for its UDT Laystall racing team. A Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation-built Mustang World War Two fighter was purchased in Australia and Flockhart was engaged to make the attempt. Flockhart departed Sydney in the Mustang, registered G-ARKD, on 28 February 1961 and after several delays due to bad weather finally ended the attempt at Athens due to engine problems. Flockhart subsequently entered the London-Cardiff Air Race to be held in June that year but withdrew because G-ARKD was still in Athens. G-ARKD was abandoned and another CAC Mustang, registered VH-UWB, was bought in Australia for Flockhart to make a second attempt at the Sydney-London record. On 12 April 1962, while on a test flight in preparation for the record attempt, Flockhart crashed VH-UWB in poor weather near Kallista, Victoria, and was killed.
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1954||Prince Bira||Maserati 250F||Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6||ARG||500||BEL||FRA||GBR
|1956||Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P25||BRM P25 2.5 L4||ARG||MON||500||BEL||FRA||GBR
|Connaught Engineering||Connaught B||Alta GP 2.5 L4||ITA
|1957||Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P25||BRM P25 2.5 L4||ARG||MON
|1958||R.R.C. Walker Racing Team||Cooper T43||Climax FPF 2.0 L4||ARG||MON
|Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P25||BRM P25 2.5 L4||MOR|
|1959||Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P25||BRM P25 2.5 L4||MON
|1960||Team Lotus||Lotus 18||Climax FPF 2.5 L4||ARG||MON||500||NED||BEL||FRA
|Cooper Car Company||Cooper T51||USA
* Shared drive with Prince Bira
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit
|1955||Lotus Engineering||Colin Chapman||Lotus Mark IX||S1.1||99||DNF|
(Reversed on track)
|1956||Ecurie Ecosse||Ninian Sanderson||Jaguar D-Type||S5.0||300||1st||1st|
|1957||Ecurie Ecosse||Ivor Bueb||Jaguar D-Type||S5.0||327||1st||1st|
|1959||Ecurie Ecosse||John ‘Jock’ Lawrence||Tojeiro||S3.0||137||DNF|
|1960||Ecurie Ecosse||Bruce Halford||Jaguar D-Type||S3.0||168||DNF|
|1961||Border Reivers||Jim Clark||Aston Martin DBR1/300||S3.0||132||DNF|
Complete 12 Hours of Sebring resultsEdit
|1958||Ecurie Ecosse||Masten Gregory||Jaguar D-Type||S3.0||55||DNF|
- ^ "Italy 1956". Retrieved 13 March 2023.
- ^ "New Zealand Motor Racing 1959". Retrieved 13 March 2023.
- ^ "IV Silver City Trophy 1959". Retrieved 13 March 2023.
- ^ "Scottish win in Le Mans Grand Prix. Sanderson and Flockhart Defeat Moss and Collins". The Herald. Glasgow. 30 July 1956. p. 5. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- ^ "Scots win at Le Mans. Jaguars in First Four Places". The Herald. Glasgow. 24 June 1957. p. 7. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- ^ The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, 12 June 1961, p. 34.
- ^ a b c d e f Anderson, Peter N. Mustangs of the RAAF and RNZAF. A. H. & A. W. Reed Pty. Ltd. Terry Hills, Sydney, NSW 1975. ISBN 0-589-07130-0