Gérard Larrousse

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Gérard Larrousse
GerardLarrousse1975.jpg
Born (1940-05-23) 23 May 1940 (age 79)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of France.svg French
Active years 1974
Teams Scuderia Finotto
Entries2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 1974 French Grand Prix

Gérard Gilles Marie Armand Larrousse (born 23 May 1940) is a former sports car racing, rallying and Formula One driver from France. After the end of his career as racing car driver, he continued to be involved in Formula One as a team manager for Renault. He later founded and ran his own Formula One team, Larrousse, from 1987 to 1994.

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Racing career

Born in Lyon, Larousse began his motorsport career in rallying before focusing on circuit racing. He won the French Rally Championship with an Alpine A110. His biggest successes in international rallies came in a Porsche 911. He won the Tour de Corse in 1969, and placed second at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1969, 1970 and 1972. On gravel, he achieved a sixth place at the 1970 RAC Rally.

Gerard Larrousse driving a Porsche 908/2 at the Nurburgring in 1970 Porsche 908.02 - Gerard Larrousse 1970-05-31.jpg
Gérard Larrousse driving a Porsche 908/2 at the Nürburgring in 1970

In a team with Vic Elford in 1971, Larrousse won the 12 Hours of Sebring with a Porsche 917K and the 1000km Nürburgring in a Porsche 908/03. He would follow this with victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1973 and 1974 alongside Henri Pescarolo for Matra-Simca. He participated in two Grands Prix, debuting on 12 May 1974, but failed to any score championship points. He drove Brabham BT42s for Scuderia Finotto.

Team management

Following his sports car career, he moved into racing management, running the Elf Switzerland operation in the European Formula Two Championship. From there, Larrousse went on to run the original factory Renault Formula One team during its final days as a full-fledged factory team in 1984 and 1985.

Larrousse also shared ownership of an eponymous Formula One team with various partners, from 1987 to 1994. His team achieved limited success in F1, with a best finish of 6th in the Constructor's Championship in 1990. However the team struggled in following seasons and by 1994, Larrousse was forced to run several pay-drivers to help make ends meet. Although plans were in place to participate in the 1995 season, a lack of funds meant that the team was forced to withdraw from Formula One.

Racing record

Formula One World Championship results

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789101112131415WDCPts.
1974 Scuderia Finotto Brabham BT42 Ford V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL
Ret
MON SWE NED FRA
DNQ
GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA NC0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1967 Flag of France.svg Ecurie Savin-Calberson Flag of France.svg Patrick Depailler Alpine A210P
1.15
204DNFDNF
1968 Flag of France.svg Société des Automobiles Alpine Flag of France.svg Henri GrandsireAlpine A220P
3.0
204DNFDNF
1969 Flag of Germany.svg Porsche System Engineering Flag of Germany.svg Hans Herrmann Porsche 908 CoupéP
3.0
3722nd1st
1970 Flag of Germany.svg Martini Racing Team Flag of Germany.svg Willi Kauhsen Porsche 917LS
5.0
3382nd2nd
1971 Flag of Germany.svg Martini Racing Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Vic Elford Porsche 917LHS
5.0
DNFDNF
1972 Flag of Switzerland.svg Ecurie Bonnier Switzerland Flag of Sweden.svg Jo Bonnier
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gijs van Lennep
Lola T280-Ford Cosworth S 3.0213DNFDNF
1973 Flag of France.svg Equipe Matra-Simca Shell Flag of France.svg Henri Pescarolo Matra-Simca MS670B S
3.0
3551st1st
1974 Flag of France.svg Equipe Gitanes Flag of France.svg Henri Pescarolo Matra-Simca MS670C S
3.0
3371st1st

Complete IMC results

YearEntrantCar123456789
1970 Porsche System Engineering Porsche 911 S MON
2
SWE ITA KEN AUT GRE GBR
6
1971 Porsche System Engineering Porsche 914/6 MON
Ret
SWE ITA KEN MAR AUT GRE GBR
1972 Porsche System Engineering Porsche 911 S MON
2
SWE KEN MAR GRE AUT ITA USA GBR
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1973 with:
Henri Pescarolo
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Gérard Larrousse
Preceded by
Henri Pescarolo
Gérard Larrousse
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1974 with:
Henri Pescarolo
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell


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