David Leslie (racing driver)

David Leslie ( born November 9, 1953 in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, † March 30, 2008 in Farnborough ) was a British racing driver and television commentator.


David Leslie was a five-time Scottish kart champion before he started to take part in car racing. In 1977, he won the title of British Formula Ford racing series and the 1979 Formula Ford 2000. In the 1980s, he drove in Formula 3, from 1990 in the British Touring Car Championship ( BTCC ), including at Vauxhall. His career was quite successful here with nine race wins, 35 podiums and 16 pole positions. In 1999 he completed the BTCC season as runner-up from on a Nissan Primera. Leslie was 1984-1995 times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the start. Among other things, he drove in the 1990s for the Jaguar team of Tom Walkinshaw. His best finish he reached the 8th place overall in 1987. Starting in 2003, commented Leslie for the transmitter euro sports racing series World Touring Car Championship (WTCC ). Together with his father, David Leslie senior, junior Leslie was also a mentor for other Scottish talents, namely Allan McNish, David Coulthard and Dario Franchitti.


Leslie died on 30 March 2008 in the crash of a private aircraft, its five occupants ( two pilots and three passengers ) all lost their lives. He was with the former racing driver and later racing team owner Richard Lloyd on the way to Nogaro in France to placement tests of the FIA ​​GT 3 Championship for their current motorsport project to attend, as the Cessna Citation shortly after take-off from London Airport Biggin Hill got technical problems and for attempting emergency landing crashed into a house whose residents were on a vacation trip. Leslie is survived by his wife Jane and two sons.

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