Gordon Spice

Gordon Spice ( born April 18, 1940 in London ) is a British former racing driver, race car constructor and racing team owner.

Motorsport career as a driver

When Gordon Spice Spice founded in 1985 with engineering and house designs was launched in international sports car race, the Briton could look back on a more than twenty year career as a racing driver. Spice continued touring and sports car racing and was the Formula 5000 in Monopostosport active. He raced until 1989.

Successes in sports car

Spice began in the mid -1960s, professional racing cars. In 1964, he wanted to give the 1000- km race at the Nürburgring on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring his international debut as a driver. He was reported as a partner of Chris Lawrence, who had a morning Plus 4. But the team did not appear to training and racing, so that the 24 - hour race at Le Mans in 1964 his real debut was. Again, Lawrence was his partner, this time a Deep Sanderson 301 reported. In the race overheated after 13 laps a cylinder and the car had to be parked. He scored his first countable success at 6- hour race at Jarama 1969. The race was one of no championship and ended with the victory of Jochen Rindt and Àlex Soler -Roig on a Porche 908/ 02. Spice has been with partner José Juncadella in the Ford GT40 third parties.

In the 1970s, Spice started his own racing team and sat there Ford Capri in a touring car race. Especially in the British Touring Car Championship, he was very active. In 1975 he celebrated seven race wins in class C and reached the final standings of the championship in third place; a placement, in 1980 is in the results. In 1978 he won with teammates Teddy Pilette the 24 - hour race at Spa-Francorchamps.

At Le Mans he came twice after 24 -hour driving time as overall third place; both times as a driver in the team of Jean Rondeau. In 1980 he had and the two Belgian brothers Martin- Philippe and Jean -Michel nine laps behind the winning team-mate Jean Rondeau and Jean -Pierre Jaussaud and seven rounds of the second placed Jacky Ickx and Reinhold Joest Porsche 908/80 Turbo. 1981, the residue of Spice and François Migault with 19 laps to the winner Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell was far greater than the year before. Again, however, two Rondeau came in the top three; Jacky Haran, Jean-Louis Schlesser and Philippe Streiff finished the race one place ahead of Spice.

Racing car constructor at Spice Engineering

In 1985, Gordon Spice ranked in the chain of those drivers who gave their own name Rennwagenkonstuktionen. His brother Derek had played a leading role in the touring car team and was from 1986 team manager at Spice Engineering. 1984 and 1985 Spice had handled the racing activities of Tiga Race Cars, gaining 1985 Appreciation of the C2 class of the World Sportscar Championship.

Spice went with his friend and partner Cockpit Ray Bellm, who was a partner and sponsor of the team, until 1989 sports car race with their own designs, he ended his driving career and focused entirely on the leadership of Spice Engineering. When the team ran into financial difficulties in 1991 and was acquired by an investor, he withdrew completely. 1995 Spice tried to enter the Formula 1 World Championship; However, the project did not materialize.

Formula 5000

He played his first Formula 5000 race in 1970 at Oulton Park. The racing event was the second scoring run of the Formula 5000 championship in 1970. Drove a Spice Kitchiner K3A had a 4.7-liter Ford V8 engine. With a gap of three rounds to Mike Walker in a McLaren M10B he finished the race in sixth. After a failure at Brands Hatch he came in ninth place finish in the third race of the season in Zolder; again the residue was great on the winner. This time, missing eight laps to Peter Gethin who also drove a McLaren M10.

Spice struggled the first half of the heavy and unwieldy racing cars and achieved in July when the main race at Monza with the fourth his best result until then. After a fifth place at the Salzburg Ring viewed Spice retired from unsuccessful Kitchiner project.

In 1971, he was completely unsuccessful. Only with the last race of the season at Brands Hatch Spice took the checkered flag; He finished the championship race in seventh. In 1972 he was engaged at the beginning of the year in some races with the Kitchmac M10 - which was an adapted McLaren M10 in a V8 Chevrolet engine and basically came in March 1972 at Mallory Park in fourth place.

Le Mans results