Chris Irwin  Great Britain

  • Full name Christopher Irwin
  • Birth date June 27, 1942
  • Birthplace Wandsworth, London, Great Britain
  • Current age 77 years 115 days
  • Teams Brabham, BRM, Team Lotus
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1966 Brabham 1 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
1967 Team Lotus, BRM 9 9 0 0 4 5 0 0 9 0 0 2 16
Total 10 10 0 0 5 5 0 0 9 0 0 2
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Brands Hatch July 16, 1966 Race results
Last race Mexican Grand Prix Mexico City October 22, 1967 Race results

Chris Irwin began racing in the early 1960s, by 1966 he had established enough of a reputation in Formula 3 to be offered a drive by Brabham in the British Grand Prix. He finished seventh and that led to an offer to drive for BRM in 1967.

He was the team's third driver, racing for Reg Parnell Motor Racing in what was a year's acclimatisation. He more than justified the decision with some good finishes, none more so than his fifth in France which, but for an engine failure on the last lap, would have been a fourth.

The signs were good, but in May 1968 he suffered a terrible crash while practising for the Nurburgring 1000km race and suffered serious head injuries. Although he eventually recovered, he was never able to race again and was left with serious scars as well as epilepsy. He had almost no contact with the racing world for almost four decades before appearing at Thruxton's 40th anniversary celebrations in April 2008.

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