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Database start - Driver search - Innes Ireland


 
Robert McGregor Innes Ireland, Great Britain
1930-06-12 - 1993-10-22
F1 Career: Dutch 1959 - Mexico 1966

  Races
Race Wins
Pole Positions
Podiums
Fastest Laps
Total Points
50
1
0
4
1
47
       
Percent Wins
Percent Poles
Percent Podiums
Percent Fast.Lap
Points per Race
 
2,00%
0,00%
8,00%
2,00%
0,94p  
Ireland was a jovial and gregarious Scot who had great skill and natural talent, but just enjoyed life a little bit too much to really get the best out of his real racing talent.
1963 he dislocated his hip at an accident in Seattle.
In 1961 he was badly injured during practice for Monaco, breaking his collarbone, wrist and leg, and almost suffering a worse fate as doctors tried to give him morphine, to which he was allergic. Only the intervention of Moss, who had gone to his aid, prevented a more serious outcome. He recovered in time to record his only F1 win in the USA GP at Watkins Glen. It gave Lotus their first F1 win but Ireland's reward was to be sacked a few weeks later, Colin Chapman decided Jim Clark was a better prospect.
After retiring he became sports editor of Autocar for a year before leaving to compete in the London-Sydney Rally. His experiences formed the basis of the book Marathon in the Dust, the follow-up to his acclaimed autobiography All Arms and Elbows. Eventually settling back to writing, and at the time of his death was President of the British Racing Drivers Club.

Year Plac Points Nr / Team / Car Wins 2:nd 3:rd Poles FastL Races Ret Notes
1966 - 0 BRM P261 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 Bernard White Racing
1965 - 0 Lotus 25 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 Reg Parnell Racing
1964 12 4 Lotus 24 & BRP 1 & 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 British Racing Partnerchip
1963 9 6 Lotus 24 & BRP 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 4 British Racing Partnerchip
1962 16 2 Lotus 24 0 0 0 0 0 8 4 UDT Laystall Racing
1961 6 12 Lotus 18/21 & 21 1 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 dns
1960 4 18 Lotus 18 0 2 1 0 1 8 1 -
1959 10 5 Lotus 16 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 R
Wins    FastLaps   

Non F1

Year Series Result Team/Car Notes
1966 24h LeMans ret Ford GT40 .
. RAC Sports Car Championship . Willment BRM .
. Gold Cup at Oulton Park 4th Bernard White team .
1965 24h LeMans ret Ford GT40 .
. Monza 1000km 6th Ferrari 250 LM .
. Spa 1000km 5th Ford GT40 .
. Mediterranean Grand Prix 5th Lotus .
. Zeltweg 500km 10th Ford GT40 .
1964 24h LeMans 6th Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Spa 500km 15th Shelby Cobra .
. Daily Mirror Trophy winner BPR .
. Tourist Trophy 6th Ferrari 250 GTO/64 .
1963 24h LeMans ret Aston Martin DP214 .
. 12h Sebring 6th Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Austrian GP 8th Lotus-BRM non championchip
. Tourist Trophy 7th Aston Martin DP214 .
. Glover Trophy winner Lotus 24-BRM .
1962 24h LeMans ret Ferrari 250 GTO .
. 12h Sebring ret Ferrari 250 TRI/61 .
. 3h Sebring 7th Austin-Healey Sebring Sprit .
. British Tourist Trophy at Goodwood winner Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Crystal Palace Trophy winner UDT-Laystall team .
. Coppa Maifredi, Circuito del Garda 2nd Fiat-Abarth 1000 FL
1961 Solitude GP winner Lotus-Climax non championchip race
. Flugplatzrennen at Zeltweg winner Lotus .
. Danish GP 2nd Lotus-Climax non championchip race
1960 Formula 2 9th Lotus .
. Glover Trophy at Goodwood winner Lotus 18-Climax .
. F2, Goodwood & Oulton Park winner Lotus .
. Lombank Trophy winner Lotus 18-Climax non championchip race
. BRDC International Trophy winner Lotus-Climax non championchip race
1959 24h LeMans ret Jaguar D-type .
. Nurburgring 1000km ret Lister Monza Jaguar .
. Tourist Trophy ret Lotus 17 Climax .
. International Trophy 4th Lotus .
1958 24h LeMans ret Lotus Eleven Climax .
. 12h Reims class win Lotus Eleven Climax .
. Tourist Trophy 5th Ecurie Ecosse-Jaguar D-type .
1957 6h Swedish GP 18th Lotus Eleven Climax .
1956 . . Lotus XI .
1952 Started racing . . .