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John Love
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Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} Rhodesian Republic of Rhodesia
Date of Birth 7/12/1924
Date of Death 25/4/2005
Début III Lombank Trophy 1962
Championships 1 (1962)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Cooper Car Co.
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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John Maxwell Lineham Love was a British Touring Car Championship champion and class winner, whom raced in the series from 1962 until 1964.[1] Love (born in the Republic of Rhodesia in 1924) was the second driver to win the BTCC using a Mini Cooper, and would go on to drive in the Formula One World Championship.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Love's racing career began when he entered a series of Formula 3 races in Southern Africa.[1] From this he began to enter a Triumph bike in motorcycle racing, before allowing Jim Redman to use the bike when Redman began his motorsport career.[1] Love came to Europe in 1961, entering the Formula Junior championship, before stepping up to Formula One, and the BSCC in 1962.[1]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Love was signed by the Cooper Car Co. to race in both the BSCC and in a number of Formula One races during 1962.[1] The move was immediately successful (in the BSCC atleast) as Love won his class on his debut at Snetterton.[2] A retirement at the second round was followed by six successive class victories, including some epic battles with the Class B Sunbeams and herd of Jaguars that populated Class D.[2] As a result, Love became the second driver in two years to win the championship in their debut season (after John Whitmore).[2]

In 1963 and 1964, Love's interest in the BSCC fell away, as he pursued his chance to drive in Formula One. Three more appearances would yield only one finish, a seventh place, across the two years, with Love not returning to the championship after 1964.

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing John Love's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate John Love's best finish at that meeting.

John Love's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1962 Cooper Car Co. 1st 52 Morris Mini Cooper bgcolor="#E52525" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|A 1 R 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - -
1963 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC N 7 N
1964 N R - - -

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