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Великобритания
Великобритания

Кен Уортон

Wharton, Ken

Кен Уортон / Wharton, Ken

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Родился:

21.03.1916

Сметвик, Уорчестершир

Умер:

12.01.1957

трасса Ардмор, Новая Зеландия

Сезонов в Ф1:

4

Лет в Ф1:

4

Гран При:

16

Старты:

15*

*не стартовал:

1

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Лучший финиш:

4

Лучший старт:

7

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Круги:

750

лидирования:

Километры:

4521.88

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Очки:

3

за один сезон:

3

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Ф1: 1952-1955

Кен Уортон / Wharton, Ken - 1952-1955

24 часа Ле-Мана: 1953-1956

Год

Команда

Шасси

1952Scuderia FraneraCooper T20
Cooper T20
Frazer-Nash 421
Frazer-Nash FN48
1953Cooper Car CoCooper T23
Ken WhartonCooper T23
1954Owen Racing OrganisationMaserati 250F
1955Vandervell Products LtdVanwall VW (55)

A Smethwick garage owner, Wharton was a versatile all-rounder who began racing immediately before the war in an Austin Seven special, but it was not until the late forties that he began to make his mark in a number of motor sport arenas. In trials he won successive RAC championships, and his special was much copied by his competitors, while in rallies he campaigned a Ford Pilot, winning the Tulip Rally on three occasions.

In 1950 Wharton won at Zandvoort with a Cooper-JAP, while in 1951 he went hill-climbing, winning the first of four successive championships. Meanwhile he had taken up circuit racing in a big way, initially competing in Grands Prix with a large and old-fashioned Frazer-Nash. It ran reliably on its debut at Bremgarten in 1952, and Wharton took it to fourth place, his best-ever World Championship finish. This car was replaced by a more competitive Cooper-Bristol by the end of the season, but he could gain no major success with it the following season. He was kept busy by BRM, who were still racing their V16 car in Libre events, and joined the Owen team for 1954 to handle their Maserati 250F in Grands Prix and their V16 in Libre races, winning the Glover Trophy.

As if he wasn't already sufficiently stretched by his commitments, Wharton also tried his hand at sports car racing with the works Jaguar, winning the 1954 Reims 12 Hours with Peter Whitehead. For 1955, Ken joined the Vanwall team, suffering a nasty accident in the International Trophy at Silverstone which resulted in burns to his arms and neck. It was generally an unproductive year, and Wharton freelanced in 1956, taking a third place in the Australian Tourist Trophy in Melbourne with a Ferrari Monza. However, early in 1957 he was killed after crashing this car in a sports car race at Ardmore, New Zealand.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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