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Peter Arundell
Peter Arundell
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British Flag of England
Date of Birth 08/11/1933[1]
Date of Death 16/06/2009[1]
Début The Daily Mirror Trophy (1964)
Championships 0 (3rd 1966)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Team Lotus
Alan Mann Racing
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
' 0

Peter Arundell was a British Saloon Car Championship driver, known for competing alongside Jim Clark at Team Lotus.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Seen as a promising prospect for the future, Arundell began racing in sports cars in 1957, entering numerous club championships.[3] At some time in 1960, Arundell caught the eye of Colin Chapman, head of the soon to be infamous Team Lotus racing team. From this, Arundell began to focus on Formula One, entering his first race in 1963, before taking two podium finishes at the start of 1964.[2] In the same year, Team Lotus decided to enter the BSCC.[4]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Despite his talent (often being seen as the closest driver to Jim Clark), Arundell was unable to prevent his team mate's charge for the title.[2][4] Four second places out of the five races he attended saw Arundell finish second in Class B in the final standings, and fifth overall.[4] Arundell's career looked set to hit new heights in 1965, but for a fateful race in Formula Two at the end of 1964.[2] Racing at Reims-Gueux in France, Arundell's car was hit by Richie Ginther, sending the former flying from his car.[2] Arundell sustained significant injuries that meant he missed the majority of 1965, although Chapman retained a seat for him in both F1 and the BSCC.[2]

Once again partnering Clark, Arundell rediscovered his former speed, with the Lotus Cortina running in Class C.[5] Taking advantage of Clark's absence at numerous rounds, Arundell beat his team mate to the Class C title that year, and took his one and only victory in the series at Silverstone.[5] With Team Lotus focusing more attention on Formula One (and Arundell retiring from the world championship), Arundell found himself without a drive for 1967.[2]

Alan Mann Racing then asked Arundell to help them develop their Ford Escort TC in 1968, with Arundell debuting a supercharged version at Mallory Park (taking third).[6] 1968 was Arundell's last venture into the BSCC, with his final race coming at Silverstone (taking fifth).[6] Arundell retired from racing in 1969.[2]

BTCC RecordEdit

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

Peter Arundell's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1964 Team Lotus 5th 24 Lotus Cortina bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B R 2 N 2 2 2 N - -
1966 3rd 38 bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C 2 2 1 R N 2 4 2 - -
1968 Alan Mann Racing bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC Ford Escort TC N R 3* N 5 N

* Arundell ran a supercharged Escort in Class D.[6]

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