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Bill Blydenstein
Helmet
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British United Kingdom
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death 12/9/2007
Début Crystal Palace 1959
Championships 0 (3rd 1961)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Cooper Car Co.
Lawrencetune Engines
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team Unknown
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
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Bill Blydenstein was a former British Touring Car Championship driver and class champion, having won the Class B championship in 1961Blydenstein competed in the BSCC for  years, and was a respected figure in the paddock, later known for helping the Vauxhall challenge get off the ground in the late 1960s.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Little is known of Blydenstein's pre-BSCC career, only that he entered his first race in 1958.[1] Blydenstein was known to have an interest in engineering, a fact which would see him develop the first Vauxhalls to race successfully in British motorsport at a national (and later international) level.[1]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Blydenstein entered his first BSCC race in 1959, joining the field at Crystal Palace.[2] Using a privately owned Borgward Isabella TS, Blydenstein was able to take second in his class.[2] He followed this with two further second places, before rounding off the season with a class victory at Brands Hatch.[2] 1960 saw Blydenstein enter the BSCC twice in his Isabella, taking a further pair of second places.

1961 proved to be Blydenstein's best year in the BSCC, finishing joint third in the championship and joint class winner in Class B.[3] Two wins and four other podiums saw Blydenstein draw with Alan Hutcheson in his Riley, and it was decided that the pair (as they were not in the running for the title) would share the Class B title.[3]

Unfortunately for Blydenstein, 1962, which saw him run a brand new Austin Mini Cooper provided by the Cooper Car Co., was a dreadful year.[4] Three retirements, combined with the fact that Blydenstein missed three of the first six races, meant that he played little more than a supporting role in John Love's triumph, taking two second places in the final two rounds.[4]

Blydenstein's final bow came in 1963, which saw him begin his association with Vauxhalls. Using a Lawrencetune Engines built Vauxhall VX 4/90, Blydenstein appeared at three rouns in 1963, scoring the car's first points at Brands Hatch.[5] After this, Blydenstein would work with Vauxhall to build competitive racing cars rather than driving.[1]

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Bill Blydenstein's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Bill Blydenstein's best finish at that meeting in their class.

British Touring Car Championship Record
Year Class Rounds Pts. Pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1959 B GWDI ANTR SILV RDIV SNET BHI KNTI 33 6th
2 2 2 1
1960 N/A BHI SNTI MALP OTNP SNTII BHKT BHFT BHIV
2 2
1961 B SNLT GWMT ANTR SSIT CPLT SSET BHRT OPGC SNET 42 4th
2 1 2 1 Ret 3 5 3
1962 A SNLT GWMT ANTR SSBT CRYP ABGP BHMT OPGC 12
Ret Ret Ret 2 2
1963 B SNLT OTNP GWMT ANTR IPTC CPNT SBGP BHMT BHMT OPGC SNET 2
6 4 5

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