Pryce, Thomas Maldwyn
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000 Родился: 11.06.1949 Рутин, Денбигшир, Северный Уэльс Умер: 05.03.1977 трасса Кьялами, Южная Африка Сезонов в Ф1: Лет в Ф1: 4 Гран При: Старты: 42 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
Рутин, Денбигшир, Северный Уэльс
трасса Кьялами, Южная Африка
Сезонов в Ф1:
Лет в Ф1:
4 Гран При: Старты: 42 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
42 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
Tom Pryce's death at Kyalami in 1977 robbed Britain of one of its great natural talents of the era who, had he survived, would surely have gone on to achieve much greater things. The quiet and reserved Welshman had got into motor racing in 1970 via a competition in the Daily Express in which he won a Lola T200 Formula Ford. He made a good start in the car before switching to the Formula Ford 100 series in 1971, where he dominated in his TAS Racing Royale. This success took him to the works Royale team to race in Formula Super Vee before embarking on a Formula 3 season with the team in 1972. Unfortunately this effort was hampered by a lack of finance, and Tom's season was interrupted by a broken leg sustained in a heat of the Monaco F3 race.
Royale ran Tom in Formula Atlantic in 1973 and he was enjoying a successful season when he was given an opportunity to drive the Motul Rondel F2 car in selected races. A second place at Norisring signified better things ahead, and sure enough in 1974 Tom joined the little Token team for the International Trophy and Belgian GP. When the team's entry for Monaco was refused due to the Welshman's lack of experience, he contested the F3 support race instead and, in an astonishing display of dominance, simply drove into the distance to win by the proverbial country mile.
With Shadow still looking for a suitable replacement for the late Peter Revson, Pryce was drafted into the team after Brian Redman had decided not to stay. In only his second race at Dijon he put the car onto the second row of the grid and that was enough for Don Nichols to decide he had found his man. The 1975 season started well with a win in the Race of Champions, but it was an up-and-down year, pole position for the British GP and superb drives in both Germany and Austria being the highlights. The team received a major setback when UOP, their main sponsor, pulled out at the end of the year and the subsequent cash shortage certainly hindered both the team's and Tom's progress in 1976, the Welshman loyally staying on when plenty of others would have been seeking to better their lot elsewhere. The 1977 season began with new sponsors and a fresh enthusiasm, but a bizarre and horrendous accident at Kyalami cruelly cut him down. Thankfully he was probably already dead as his car hurtled towards oblivion, having hit an errant marshal as he crossed the track carrying a fire extinguisher.
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000
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