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Tony Lanfranchi
Helmet
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British United Kingdom
Date of Birth 25/06/1935[1]
Date of Death 07/10/2004[1]
Début Brands Hatch 1965
Championships 0 (6th 1974)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Alexander Engineering Co.
Alan Fraser Racing
Van Der Steen
National Organs
GTi Engineering (Akai)
GM Dealer Sport
Monorep Ltd.
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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Tony Lanfranchi was a British Saloon Car Championship driver, who raced between 1965 and 1989.

BackgroundEdit

Lanfranchi began racing in hill climbs, notably taking inaugural Harewood Hillclimb of 1962.[2] He also competed in numerous sports car races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and numerous club and national level championships.[2]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Lanfranchi obtained a drive with Alexander Engineering Co. in 1965, driving a Morris Mini Cooper S in Class B for the year.[3] Lanfranchi was in contention to take the class title that year, battling with the factory Cooper Car Co. cars and the Team Broadspeed machines throughout.[3] He took his first victory at Silverstone, but three retirements through accidents ended his chance of taking the class, finishing runner-up in Class A and ninth overall (well behind class winner John Rhodes).[3] Alexander Engineering Co. gave Lanfranchi a drive in 1966 aswell, although he only scored at two races (finishing third in both), taking eight points.[4]

The Alan Fraser Racing Team took Lanfranchi on after he was dropped by Alexander Engineering, running a Hillman Imp for him.[5] Thirty points were taken by Lanfranchi, who was often in direct competition with team mate Bernard Unett for podium positions.[5] 1968 saw Lanfranchi take two victories in the Imp, taking eighteen points for the year, although he opted to leave the BSCC at the end of the season.[6]

Second ComingEdit

Lanfranchi returned to the championship in 1974, with Van Der Steer running one of their former ETCC BMW 3.0 CSis for him in Class C.[7] A victory in his second race showed that he had lost none of his prowess, with a further victory at the penultimate race of the year.[7] A consistent podium finisher, Lanfranchi took sixth overall (his best championship finish) and third place in his class.[7] 1975 would see National Organs sponsor a car for Lanfranchi, who used a Chrysler Hemicuda for the majority of the year.[8] The Hemicuda was never a particularly competitive car, often making up numbers in Class D (although Lanfranchi did take a podium finish).[8]

A Third RunEdit

Lanfranchi was seen in the BSCC once more in 1979, driving a Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300 to third at Donington Park.[9] He then competed for half season in 1980, using the Firenza he had used the year before.[10] After a victory at Mallory Park, GTi Engineering (Akai) asked Lanfranchi to drive for them, using an Audi 80 GLE.[10] Two further victories gave Lanfranchi 29 points.[10]

After missing the 1981 season, Lanfranchi entered a car with his own team TL Racing, running a VW Scirocco GTi for the majority of the season.[11] Eight podiums were enough to give Lanfranchi twelfth overall and third in class, although three retirements could have seen him finish higher in both.[11] General Motors offered Lanfranchi a drive the following year, with Lanfranchi using an Opel Monza under the GM Dealer Sport banner.[12] Although he only scored seventeen points, Lanfranchi took his first class title, before once again leaving the championship.[12]

On and Off DriverEdit

Lanfranchi took a Vauxhall Nova Sport took a class championship in 1986, having taken two victories and a second in the season.[13] Driving for Monorep Ltd., Lanfranchi continued to drive for a GM/Vauxhall factory team.[13] He then returned in 1989, using a Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v at the end of the year, supporting Andy Rouse's title bid, taking three points paying positions and 31st in the final standings.[14]

BTCC RecordEdit

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

Tony Lanfranchi's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1965 Alexander Engineering Co. 9th 22 Morris Mini Cooper S bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B 3 5 2 3 1 R - - - - -
1966 8 3 R 3 R 7 N 8 N - - - - -
1967 Alan Fraser Racing 30 Hillman Imp bgcolor="#E52525" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|A 3 R 2 2 3 2 R N R 3 - - -
1968 18 R bgcolor="white" style="color:black; font-size:90%; border-radius:5px;"|DNS 6 4 N 1 N R N R 1 - -
1974 Van Der Steen 6th 51 BMW 3.0 CSi bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C R 1 bgcolor="white" style="color:black; font-size:90%; border-radius:5px;"|DNS R N 2 2 2 2 4 2 1 3
1975 National Organs bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC Chrysler Hemicuda bgcolor="#FFA500" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|D 4 4 R 6 6 3 bgcolor="white" style="color:black; font-size:90%; border-radius:5px;"|DNS R N R N
1979 Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300 bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C N 3 N -
1980 GTi Engineering (Akai) 29 N R N 1 1* 4 1 - - -
1982 TL Racing 12th 36 VW Scirocco GTi bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B 3 3 3 3 3 R 2 R 2 3 - -
1983 GM Dealer Sport 12th 17 Opel Monza bgcolor="#E52525" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|A R 4 4 R 5 5 3 7 6 6 6 - -
1986 Monorep Ltd. 9th 26 Vauxhall Nova Sport bgcolor="#FFA500" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|D N 1 N 2 1 N - - - -
1989 31st 9 Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C N 4 N 4 4

* Lanfranchi used an Audi 80 GLE from that race onwards.[10]

ReferencesEdit

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