Bas Leinders (born 16 July 1975 Bree ) is a Belgian racing driver.
Leinders began his career in 1983 in karting, which he held until 1993. At 14 he was European Kart Champion and was among other Jarno Trulli and Ralph Firman behind. In 1994 he moved to Formula racing and drove two years in various Formula Ford racing series. In his first season, he secured the championship title of the Belgian and Benelux Formula Ford A year later, he won the British and European Formula Ford 1996 went Leinders in the Formula Opel Euro Series at the start and won the championship again. Then changed the Belgians in 1997 for two years in the German Formula 3 Championship. After he had become in his first season in seventh, he won the 1998 and the league title this series.
Leinders, who had now won six league titles in Formula racing series, announced in 1998 also made his debut in Formula 3000th As a teammate of the later runners-up Nick Heidfeld, he was engaged by West Competition for the final race. However, it did not start in the race. His first race in Formula 3000 in 1999, he played for the Belgian team Witmeur KTR, for which he went to the start together with his compatriot Jeffrey Van Hooydonk. Leinders, who qualified for seven races and took a point occupied at the end of the season 23 overall. In 2000, Leinders to Kid Jensen Racing. The season was disappointing for Leinders, to that achieved without points, 26 overall finished. 2001, the Belgians returned to KTR back and denied his most successful season in Formula 3000th With two second place as best result he finished at the end of the season in seventh place in the overall standings.
2002 remained Leinders who had the formula left in the direction of 3000 World Series by Nissan, in KTR. With two victories, he was behind Ricardo Zonta and Franck Montagny third in the overall standings. 2003 was the Belgians in the World Series by Nissan and went for the Spanish team Racing Engineering at the start. Leinders was again third in the overall standings, this time behind Montagny and Heikki Kovalainen.
2004 Leinders third driver in Formula 1 Minardi team. After receiving the super license, he was allowed to go from the second race of the season in Friday practice. He did not contest a race though.
2005 Leinders returned to the Formula racing back and moved to the FIA GT Championship. As a driver in the G2 class he was from 2005 to 2008 four -time champion in this category. 2009 will start the Belgians for the first time in the GT1 class of the FIA GT Championship.