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Jack Sears

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Jack Sears 16 February 1930 – 7 August 2016 was a British race and rally driver, and was one of the principal organisers of the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon He was popularly known as "Gentleman Jack" His son David is also involved in motorsport

He won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, driving an Austin Westminster After finishing on joint maximum points with Tommy Sopwith, it was initially suggested the champion would be decided by the toss of a coin The idea was very unpopular with both drivers and at the final meeting at Brands Hatch, with a draw being a likely possibility, two identical looking Marcus Chambers-owned Riley One-Point-Five works rally cars were brought along for a five lap shoot-out To make the race fair, they raced five laps, switched cars, then raced five laps again with the driver who had the quickest combined time being crowned champion In pouring rain, Sears became the first ever champion by 16 seconds

He regained the title in 1963, driving a variety of cars including a Ford Cortina GT, a seven-litre Ford Galaxie and a Lotus Cortina, which was used for the final two races Sears also co-drove a Ferrari 330 LMB with Mike Salmon to a fifth place in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours, the best result in the abbreviated racing history of the LMB He died on 7 August 2016, aged 86

Contents

  • 1 Racing record
    • 11 Complete British Saloon Car Championship results
  • 2 References
  • 3 External links

Racing record

Complete British Saloon Car Championship results

key

BRH
1†
BRH
4†
MAL
3†
BRH
3†
BRH
3†
CRY BRH
2
BRH
3
BRH
3
1st 48 1st
1959 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar 34 Litre D GOO AIN SIL GOO SNE
2
BRH BRH
1†
NC NC
1960 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II Over 1000cc BRH SNE MAL OUL SNE
1
BRH
2
BRH
1
BRH NC NC
1961 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II D SNE
Ret
GOO AIN
2
SIL CRY
Ret
SIL BRH
3
OUL SNE
12
NC NC
1962 Equipe Endeavour Jaguar Mk II D SNE
2
GOO
3
AIN
4
SIL
3
CRY
2
AIN
1
BRH
2
OUL
2
3rd 38 1st
1963 John Willment Automobiles Ford Cortina GT B SNE OUL
4
GOO
7
AIN
4
1st 71
Ford Galaxie D SIL
1
CRY
1†
SIL
1
BRH
Ret
Ford Lotus Cortina B BRH
3
OUL
3
SIL
4

† Events with 2 races staged for the different classes

References

  1. ^ 1963 British Saloon Car Championship Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 18 December 2006
  2. ^ Eaton, Godfrey 1980, Ferrari: The Sports/Racing and Road Cars, Skokie, IL: Publications International, p 93, ISBN 0-517-381982 
  3. ^ First champion Jack Sears dies aged 86 Retrieved on 7 August 2016

External links

  • Profile of Jack Sears, HistoricRacingcom
  • Account of the route of the London-Sydney Marathon, written by Jack Sears who reconnoitred the event
  • BSCC Results
Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
British Saloon Car Champion
1958
Succeeded by
Jeff Uren
Preceded by
John Love
British Saloon Car Champion
1963
Succeeded by
Jim Clark


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