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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
Wins
Pole
Podiums
FastLaps
Points
50
1
0
4
1
47
       
% Wins
% Poles
% Podiums
% FastLap
Points/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 .
. International Gold Cup 4th BRM P61 Non championchip race
. South African GP ret Lotus 33 Non championchip race
1965 24h LeMans ret Ford GT40 .
. Spa 1000km 5th Ford GT40 .
. Mediterranean GP 5th Lotus 25 Non championchip race
. Rand GP 6th Lotus 33 Non championchip race
. Monza 1000km 6th Ferrari 250 LM .
. Zeltweg 500km 10th Ford GT40 .
. Syracuse GP ret Lotus 25 Non championchip race
1964 24h LeMans 6th Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Daily Mirror Trophy winner BPR Mk 1 Non championchip race
. Mediterranean GP 3rd BPR Mk 2 Non championchip race
. International Trophy 12th BPR Mk 2 Non championchip race
. Spa 500km 15th Shelby Cobra .
. Tourist Trophy 6th Ferrari 250 GTO/64 .
. News of the World Trophy ret BPR Mk 1 Non championchip race
. 200 Miles, Aintree ret BPR Mk 2 Non championchip race
. Solitude GP ret BPR Mk 2 Non championchip race
1963 24h LeMans ret Aston Martin DP214 .
. Glover Trophy winner Lotus 24-BRM Non championchip race
. 200 Miles, Aintree 2nd Lotus 24-Climax Non championchip race
. Solitude GP 3rd BRP Mk1-BRM Non championchip race
. Lombank Trophy 3rd Lotus 24-BRM Non championchip race
. BRDC Int. Trophy 4th Lotus 24-BRM Non championchip race
. Tourist Trophy 7th Aston Martin DP214 .
. Austrian GP 8th Lotus 24-BRM Non championchip race
. 12h Sebring 6th Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Int. Gold Cup ret Lotus 24-BRM .
1962 24h LeMans ret Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Crystal Palace Trophy winner Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. British Tourist Trophy at Goodwood winner Ferrari 250 GTO .
. Coppa Maifredi, Circuito del Garda 2nd Fiat-Abarth 1000 FL
. Reims GP 3rd Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. Bruxells GP 3rd Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Danish GP 3rd Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. Mexico GP 3rd Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. Glover trophy 3rd Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Kanonloppet 4th Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. BRDC International Trophy 4th Ferrari 156 Non championchip race
. 3h Sebring 7th Austin-Healey Sebring Sprit .
. Rand GP ret Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. International Gold Cup ret Lotus 24 Non championchip race
. 12h Sebring ret Ferrari 250 TRI/61 .
. 200 Miles, Aintree ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Lombank Trophy ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
1961 Solitude GP winner Lotus 21-Climax Non championchip race
. Flugplatzrennen at Zeltweg winner Lotus 21-Climax Non championchip race
. Danish GP 2nd Lotus 21-Climax Non championchip race
. Glover Trophy 5th Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. 200 Miles, Aintree 10th Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Lombank Trophy 10th Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. British Empire Trophy 9th Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. BRDC Int. Trophy NC Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Bruxells GP ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Guard's Trophy ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Kanonloppet, Sweden ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. International Gold Cup ret Lotus 21 Non championchip race
. Syracuse GP ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
1960 Formula 2 9th Lotus .
. Glover Trophy, Goodwood winner Lotus 18-Climax Non championchip race
. Lombank Trophy winner Lotus 18-Climax Non championchip race
. BRDC International Trophy winner Lotus 18-Climax Non championchip race
. F2, Oulton Park winner Lotus .
. Buenos Aires GP 4th Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. International Gold Cup ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
. Silver City Trophy ret Lotus 18 Non championchip race
1959 24h LeMans ret Jaguar D-type .
. BRDC Int. Trophy 11th Lotus 16 (F2) 4th in F2, Non championchip race
. Nurburgring 1000km ret Lister Monza Jaguar .
. Tourist Trophy ret Lotus 17 Climax .
. Silver City Trophy ret Lotus 16 Non championchip race
1958 24h LeMans ret Lotus Eleven Climax .
. 12h Reims class win Lotus Eleven Climax .
. Tourist Trophy 5th Ecurie Ecosse-Jaguar D-type .
. Daily Express, Silverstone 8th Lotus Eleven Climax .
1957 6h Swedish GP 18th Lotus Eleven Climax .
. BRDC Int. Trophy ret Cooper T43 (F2) Non championchip race
1956 . . Lotus XI .
1952 Started racing . . .
. . 4th . .
. . ret . Non championchip race