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Theodore "Teddy" Pilette (born 26 July 1942, in Brussels[1]) is a former racing driver from Belgium. He participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, the first on 12 May 1974 with Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team.

Teddy Pilette
TeddyPilette1975.jpg
Born (1942-07-26) 26 July 1942 (age 77)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBelgium Belgian
Active years1974, 1977
TeamsBrabham, BRM
Entries4 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1977 Italian Grand Prix

Son of André Pilette and grandson of Théodore Pilette, he followed the family path. He started his career by winning many go-kart races before being sent to England to the talent-spotting Jim Russell Racing School. This experience created the opportunity for him to be part of the cast for John Frankenheimer's movie Grand Prix, and later on Le Mans with Steve McQueen.

On the circuit, Pilette raced for Carlo Abarth in 1963 and 1965, and in 1967 he started racing for the Belgian VDS team. He won the European Formula 5000 Championship in 1973 with a Chevron B24, and again in 1975 with a Lola T400. He also competed in the USA in Formula 5000. He also made 3 attempts at the Indy 500. He attempted to qualify for the 1977 Indianapolis 500 but failed to make the field. He drove in the CART Championship Car race at Watkins Glen International in 1981 but retired after 14 laps due to gearbox failure. It would be his only Champ Car start as he failed to qualify for the 1982 Indianapolis 500 and 1983 Indianapolis 500 and was entered in the Cleveland Grand Prix later that year but the car was driven by Herm Johnson.[2]

In 1977, Capparelli arranged for Pilette to drive with the dying BRM team in Formula One, and also in the Aurora AFX Formula One Championship the following year.

In sports cars Pilette won the Spa 24 Hours with a Ford Capri, in the last race on the long circuit in 1978.

In 1992 he formed the Pilette Speed Tradition Formula Ford team in Europe. In 1994 he built his own Formula Three car, the Pilette F.3, and raced in the German Formula 3 championship with Paolo Coloni. In September 2013, he was elected Vice President of the Grand Prix Drivers Club (formerly known as Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand-Prix F1)

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
1968   Racing Team V.D.S.   Rob Slotemaker Alfa Romeo T33/2 P
2.0
104 DNF DNF
1969   Racing Team V.D.S.   Rob Slotemaker Alfa Romeo T33B P
3.0
36 DNF DNF
1970   Racing Team V.D.S.   Gustave Gosselin Lola T70 Mk. IIIB-Chevrolet S
5.0
109 DNF DNF
1971   Racing Team V.D.S.   Gustave Gosselin Lola T70 Mk. IIIB-Chevrolet S
5.0
14 DNF DNF
1972   Ecurie Francorchamps   Derek Bell
  Richard Bond
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GT
5.0
301 8th 4th
1975   Ecurie Francorchamps   Jean-Claude Andruet
  Hughes de Fierlandt
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GTS 293 12th 6th
1978   Ecurie Francorchamps   Jean Blaton
  Raymond Touroul
Ferrari 512BB IMSA
+2.5
39 DNF DNF
1987   Dahm Cars Racing Team   Peter Fritsch
  Jean-Paul Libert
Argo JM19-Porsche C2 12 DNF DNF
Source:[3]

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 18 Pos. Pts
1971 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M10B Chevrolet 5.0 V8 MAL SNE BRH MON SIL CAS MAL MNZ MAL THR
6
SIL
3
OUL SNE
3
HOC
3
OUL
6
BRH
Ret
BRH
5
8th 18
1972 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M18/M22 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
5
MAL
Ret
SNE
2
BRH
5
NIV
2
SIL
Ret
MON OUL
5
BRH
8
5th 25
McLaren M22 OUL
3
MAL
4
BRH
Ret
SIL BRH
1973 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M18/M22 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
7
MAL 1st 136
Chevron B24 SIL
6
SNE
Ret
BRH
4
OUL
1
MAL
3
MIS
C
MAL
3
MON
7
SIL
C
BRH
1
OUL
2
JYL
2
ZAN
8
SNE
2
BRH
Ret
1974 Chevron Racing Team V.D.S. Chevron B28 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
Ret
MAL
Ret
SIL
5
OUL
Ret
BRH
7
ZOL
Ret
THR
7
ZAN
5
MUG
3
MNZ
2
MAL
6
MON
4
THR
7
BRH
DNS
OUL
2
SNE
4
MAL
DNS
BRH
6
4th 108
1975 Racing Team V.D.S. Lola T400 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH
NC
OUL
6
BRH
5
SIL
11
ZOL
NC
ZAN
2
THR
2
SNE
Ret
MAL
1
THR
1
BRH
Ret
OUL
3
SIL
5
SNE
1
MAL
1
BRH
2
1st 174

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts
1974 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT42 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL
17
MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC 0
1977 Stanley BRM BRM P207 BRM P202 3.0 V12 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT NED
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
USA CAN JPN NC 0

Complete Formula One Non-Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1971 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M10B (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ARG ROC QUE SPR INT RIN OUL VIC
14
1972 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M18/M22 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC
13
BRA INT
11
VIC
Ret
McLaren M22 (F5000) OUL
9
REP
1973 Racing Team V.D.S. McLaren M18/M22 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC
Ret
Chevron B24 (F5000) INT
Ret
1974 Racing Team V.D.S. Chevron B28 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 PRE ROC
Ret
INT
10
1975 Racing Team V.D.S. Lola T400 (F5000) Chevrolet 5.0 V8 ROC
DNQ
INT SUI

Complete British Formula One 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 Pos. Pts
1978 Stanley BRM BRM P207 BRM P202 3.0 V12 OUL
Ret
BRH
5
SNE
Ret
MAL
Ret
ZAN DON THR
Ret
OUL
4
MAL
Ret
BRH
Ret
THR
Ret
SNE
Ret
13th 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  2. ^ Teddy Pilette, Champ Car Stats, Retrieved 2011-03-03
  3. ^ "All Results of Teddy Pilette". RacingSportCars. Retrieved 6 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gijs van Lennep
British Formula 5000 Champion
1973
Succeeded by
Bob Evans
Preceded by
Bob Evans
British Formula 5000 Champion
1975
Succeeded by
David Purley