Geoff Lees (racing Driver)
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Geoff Lees Racing Driver

Geoff Lees
Geoff Lees Shadow DN11 2018 British Grand Prix (29871053688).jpg
Lees' Shadow DN11 at the 2018 British Grand Prix
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 70)
Kingsbury, Warwickshire
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1978-1980, 1982
TeamsTyrrell, Ensign, Shadow, RAM, Theodore, Lotus
Entries12 (5 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1978 British Grand Prix
Last entry1982 French Grand Prix

Geoffrey Lees (born 1 May 1951) is a former racing driver from England. He participated in 12 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, making his first appearance on 16 July 1978. He scored no championship points.

Career

Lees was born near Kingsbury, Warwickshire. His first Grand Prix chance came with a non-works Ensign ran by Mario Deliotti, the owner of an Alfa Romeo dealership in Birmingham, at his home race in 1978. Lees failed to qualify. The following year he had a one-off drive for Tyrrell, before a more regular ride with the struggling Shadow team in 1980. Later that year he also drove for the works Ensign team, and failed to qualify a RAM-entered Williams in the US. He participated in the Formula One non-championship race held on 7 February 1981 at Kyalami for Theodore where he went into the crash barriers on lap 11 due to a broken front suspension. In the hope of taking one step backward and then two steps forward, he joined Ralt-Honda for the European Formula Two championship. He won the championship, but his hopes of "re-entering Formula One with more dignity" were quashed when Honda decided to spend another year developing their F1 engine.[1] Lees, one year ahead of Honda failed to find a good seat at the highest level, and his F1 career petered out in 1982 with single drives for Theodore and Lotus.

In his Formula One career, Lees seemed stuck in uncompetitive cars, and when success proved elusive, he moved to Japan in the early 1980s. There he enjoyed a long career in the Japanese Formula Two, winning the 1983 title and collecting eight wins. He also represented various Japanese marques in sports car racing championships such as the Fuji Grand Champion Series, where he won three titles in 1986, 1988 and 1989, and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, where he got the C-class title in 1992. Lees became a highly paid and highly respected part of the Japanese racing scene. He has also driven at Le Mans numerous times, with his best finish being a sixth place overall in 1990.

Racing record

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(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 Polifac BMW Junior Team March 782 BMW THR HOC NÜR PAU MUG VAL ROU DON
Ret
14th 4
Raven Racing Chevron B42 Hart NOG
6
PER
DNQ
MIS
4
HOC
Ret
1980 Ralt Racing Ralt RH6/80 Honda THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU SIL ZOL MUG ZAN PER MIS HOC
Ret
NC 0
1981 Ralt Racing Ralt RH6/81 Honda SIL
7
HOC
5
THR
NC
NÜR
5
VAL
5
MUG
2
PAU
1
PER
Ret
SPA
1
DON
1
MIS
2
MAN
2
1st 51

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Sources

  1. ^ Åhman, Michael (30 December 1981). "Han vann och försvann" [He won and disappeared]. Teknikens Värld (in Swedish). Vol. 34 no. 1. Stockholm, Sweden: Specialtidningsförlaget AB. pp. 22-23.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Richard Morgan
Formula Ford Festival
Winner

1975
Succeeded by
Derek Daly
Preceded by
Riccardo Patrese
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1979-1980
Succeeded by
Bob Earl
Preceded by
Brian Henton
European Formula Two
Champion

1981
Succeeded by
Corrado Fabi
Preceded by
Satoru Nakajima
Japanese Formula Two
Champion

1983
Succeeded by
Satoru Nakajima

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