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Tony Trimmer (born 24 January 1943) is a British former racing driver from England, who won the Shell British Formula Three Championship and E.R. Hall Trophy in 1970.[1] He was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Tony Trimmer
Tony Trimmer 1975 RoC.jpg
Trimmer at the 1975 Race of Champions
Born (1943-01-24) 24 January 1943 (age 76)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19751978
TeamsMaki
Surtees (privateer)
McLaren (privateer)
Entries6 (0 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1975 German Grand Prix
Last entry1978 British Grand Prix
British Formula One Championship career
Active years1978, 1980, 1982
Races17
Championships1
Wins6
Podium finishes10
Career points165
Pole positions5
Fastest laps2

Tony Trimmer also won the prestigious Monaco F3 Race in 1970 driving a Brabham BT-28 and finished runner-up to Patrick Depailler in the 1972 edition.

Trimmer entered six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix with uncompetitive teams, firstly Maki for four races in 1975 and 1976, resulting in four failures to qualify. He then entered the 1977 British Grand Prix (failed to pre-qualify) and the 1978 British Grand Prix (failed to qualify), with the Melchester Racing Team, driving a Surtees TS19 and a McLaren M23 respectively. However, also driving the Melchester McLaren, he finished a superb third in the rain-soaked 1978 BRDC International Trophy non-Championship race at Silverstone, coming home ahead of many of the greats of Formula One. That year he won the British Aurora F1 Championship.

Trimmer was also one of the few people to drive the Connew Formula One car, in its last ever race (in later Formula 5000 specification) in 1973. However the car collided with a barrier at Brands Hatch after a rear damper gave way.[2]

Other than World Championship races, Trimmer raced in many non-championship F1 races and is perhaps one of the drivers who drove the greatest variety of Formula One cars ever. The list includes the great Lotus 72 at the 1971 Race of Champions, the March 701, a Lotus 49, Fittipaldi F8 and the one-off Safir RJ-02 (a.k.a. Token RJ-02), accessing from the old times "tubby" Lotus 49 up to a real wing-car Fittipaldi F8.

Contents

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula One World 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 WDC Pts
1975 Maki Engineering Maki F101C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
USA NC 0
1976 Maki Engineering Maki F102A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN
DNQ
NC 0
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR
DNPQ
GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN NC 0
1978 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR
DNQ
GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN NC 0
Source:[3]

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 6 7 8
1971 Team Lotus Ltd Lotus 72 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG ROC
Ret
QUE RIN
DNS
Lotus 49C SPR
NC
INT
Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 OUL
Ret
VIC
1973 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro FX3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
4
INT
1975 Safir Engineering Safir RJ02 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
NC
INT
14
Maki Engineering Maki F101C SUI
13
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
9
1978 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 INT
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 Kaye Griffiths Surtees TS5A Chevrolet 5.0 V8 MAL SNE BRH MON SIL CAS MAL MNZ MAL
9
THR
8
SIL OUL SNE
4
HOC
7
16th 4
R Plumridge Lola T190 OUL
7
BRH
9
BRH
1973 Jackie Epstein Lola T330 Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH MAL
DNS
SIL SNE 24th 5
Tony Trimmer McLaren M18 BRH
11
OUL
7
MAL MAL
10
MON BRH
NC
OUL
DNS
JYL ZAN SNE
Portobello Inn Racing Connew PC1 BRH
Ret
1974 Tony Kitchiner McLaren M19A Chevrolet 5.0 V8 BRH MAL SIL OUL BRH ZOL THR ZAN MUG MNZ
NC
MAL MON 30th 1
ShellSPORT Luxembourg Lola T330 THR
10
BRH OUL SNE MAL BRH

Complete Shellsport International Series 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 Pos. Pts
1976 Melchester Racing Lola T460 Ford BDA Swindon 1.6 L4 MAL SNE OUL BRH THR BRH MAL SNE BRH
20
THR OUL BRH BRH NC 0
1977 Melchester Racing Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 MAL
3
SNE
5
OUL
Ret
BRH
Ret
MAL
1
THR
Ret
BRH
1
OUL
1
MAL
2
DON
1
BRH
2
THR
Ret
SNE
1
BRH
2
1st 181

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 Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
1
BRH
1
SNE
1
MAL
2
ZAN
DNS
DON THR
1
OUL MAL
2
BRH
1
THR SNE
2
1st 149
1980 Jordan BRM BRM P207 BRM P202 3.0 V12 OUL BRH SIL MAL
Ret
THR
DNS
MNZ MAL SNE
Ret
BRH
Ret
THR
Ret
OUL SIL NC 0
1982 Team Sanada Fittipaldi F8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
1
BRH
2
THR
Ret
DON BRH 2nd 16

Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
1978 Boxer Cars Boxer PR276 Hart THR HOC NÜR PAU MUG VAL ROU DON
DNQ
NOG PER MIS HOC NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1979   Dome Co. Ltd.   Bob Evans Dome Zero RL-Ford Cosworth S+2.0 25 DNF DNF
1980   Ian Bracey   Tiff Needell Ibec P6-Ford Cosworth S+2.0 - DNQ DNQ
1981   Ian Bracey   Tiff Needell Ibec-Hesketh 308LM-Ford Cosworth S+2.0 95 DNF DNF
Source:[4]

Complete World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos. Pts
1980 Ian Bracey S
+2.0
Ibec P6 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 DAY BRH MUG MNZ SIL
DNS
NÜR LMS
DNQ
GLN MOS VAL DIJ [N 1]
1981 Ian Bracey S
+2.0
Ibec-Hesketh 308LM Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 DAY SEB MUG MNZ RSD SIL NÜR LMS
Ret
PER DAY GLN SPA MOS ROA BRH NC 0
Footnotes
  1. ^ No drivers' Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ M.G.D. (November 1970). "F3 Review". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 30. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ Lawrence, Mike (August 1986). "The story of the Connew GP car". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 26. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 415. ISBN 0851127029.
  4. ^ "All Results of Tony Trimmer". RacingSportsCars.com. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Emerson Fittipaldi
(Combined championship)
British Formula Three Championship
BRSCC Motorsport/Shell Series Champion

1970
Succeeded by
Dave Walker
Preceded by
Inaugural
British Formula One Champion
1978
Succeeded by
Rupert Keegan