Tom Belsø is confirmed dead at the age of 77.
Tom was best known as a Danish motor racing driver.
Death was likely due to stomach cancer.
RT @KevinMagnussen: RIP to Denmark’s first F1 driver Tom Belsø. Inspired many danish racing drivers to follow their dreams. #RIP
RT @KevinMagnussen: RIP to Denmark’s first F1 driver Tom Belsø. Inspired many danish racing drivers to follow their dreams. #RIP
RT @KevinMagnussen: RIP to Denmark’s first F1 driver Tom Belsø. Inspired many danish racing drivers to follow their dreams. #RIP
Tom Belsø
Born(1942-08-27)27 August 1942
Søborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died11 January 2020(2020-01-11) (aged 77)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityDenmark Danish
Active years1973 - 1974
TeamsFrank Williams Racing Cars
Entries5 (2 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1973 Swedish Grand Prix
Last entry1974 British Grand Prix
Tom Belsø (27 August 1942 – 11 January 2020) was a motor racing driver, credited as the first Formula One driver from Denmark.
Contents
1 Early career
2 Formula One
3 Complete Formula One results
4 Personal life
5 References
6 External links
Early career
Belsø started out in touring cars, where he won his debut race and went on to become Scandinavian Touring Car Champion in 1969. He became a Formula Two racer in 1972, with his best result being a fourth place at the Albi Grand Prix, finishing 17th in the European F2 Championship. In 1973 he raced a Lola in Formula 5000. He also raced in a few non-championship Formula One races, finishing 7th in the 1973 Race of Champions and 8th in the 1973 BRDC International Trophy, and retiring in the 1974 BRDC International Trophy and 1975 Race of Champions. He contested the 1974 Rothmans 5000 European Championship winning at Snetterton and finishing 8th in the Series. He also competed in the 1977 Shellsport 5000/Libre series and finished fifth in a Radio Luxemburg-sponsored Lola T330-Chevrolet.
Formula One
Belsø qualified a Formula One Iso-Marlboro for the Frank Williams Racing Cars team at the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix, but could not start the race because his sponsorship money did not arrive. In 1974 he tried four times to qualify for Williams, but was only successful in South Africa and Sweden. In South Africa, the clutch on Belsø's FW failed on the first lap of the race. In Sweden, he finished his only complete Grand Prix, in eighth place.
Complete Formula One results
(key)
Year
Entrant
Chassis
Engine
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
WDC
Points
1973
Frank Williams Racing Cars
Iso-Marlboro IR
Cosworth V8
ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWEDNS‡
FRA
GBR
NED
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC
0
1974
Frank Williams Racing Cars
Iso-Marlboro FW
Cosworth V8
ARG
BRA
RSARet
ESPDNQ
BEL
MON
SWE8
NED
FRA
GBRDNQ
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC
0
Source:
‡ Belsø took part in practice only. The car was driven in the race by Howden Ganley.
Personal life
In 1977 he founded Belso Cereals, a manufacturing company based in Peterborough.
On 11 January 2020 Belsø died after a battle with stomach cancer; he was 77 years old.
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