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Les Leston
Les Leston
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British United Kingdom
Date of Birth 16/12/1920
Date of Death 13/5/2012
Début Mallory Park 1958
Championships 0 (4th 1959)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Unknown
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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 Les Leston (born as Alfred Lazarus Fingleston in 1920) was a former British Touring Car Championship driver and jazz musician.[1] Although Leston is better known for his racing career outside the BTCC, he did make an impact on the series, taking the Class B title in 1959.

BackgroundEdit

Leston's motorsport career began when he bought a Jaguar SS100, before he obtained a drive in an official Cooper team in Formula Three.[2] This enabled Leston to win the 1954 championship and paved his way to entering three official Formula One races between 1956 and 1957.[2]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Leston decided to enter the first season of the British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, joining the field in his Riley 1.5 at the year's meeting at Mallory Park. Leston showed his strength, taking victory in Class B. This feat would be repeated at the final two rounds of the season, as Leston won two more races and decided to run in the BSCC full time the following year.

Four class wins, with a further podium saw Leston claim the Class B title in 1959. He was also a contender for the overall drivers title, until two retirements in the final three races of the season ended his hopes. From this, Leston's racing career ground to a halt, as the former Formula One driver only entered three more races in 1960 and 1961, adding a further victory to his tally.

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Les Leston's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Les Leston'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
1958 B JDT BHII MALP BHIII BHF2 CRYP BHV KNTI BHVI 21
1 1 1
1959 B GWDI ANTR SILV RDIV SNET BHI KNTI 38 4th
1 1 3 1 Ret 1 Ret
1960 N/A BHI SNTI MALP OTNP SNTII BHKT BHFT BHIV
DNS 1 3
1961 B SNLT GWMT ANTR SSIT CPLT SSET BHRT OPGC SNET
3 DNS

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