|Born||1 April 1950|
Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
|Died|| 15 May 2010 60) (aged|
Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams|| Apollon |
|Entries||6 (3 starts)|
|First entry||1976 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1977 Italian Grand Prix|
Loris Kessel (1 April 1950 – 15 May 2010 ) was a racing driver from Switzerland. He was born in Lugano and died in Montagnola following a long illness.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central, and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.
Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. It has a population of 63,494, and an urban agglomeration of over 145,000. The 9th largest Swiss city, it is the largest in Ticino and largest with an Italian speaking majority outside of Italy. The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps. The eastern part of the city shares a border with Italy.
Montagnola is a small Swiss village in Collina d'Oro municipality. Located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, it is close to the border between Switzerland and Italy. It looks over Lake Lugano and the city of Lugano upon it. It falls within the local parish of Sant'Abbondio Gentilino.
He participated in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 2 May 1976. He scored no championship points.
Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads.
In 1976, he drove a Brabham for RAM, and in 1977 he drove his own Apollon-Williams, although this car was not a success.
Brabham is the common name for Motor Racing Developments Ltd., a British racing car manufacturer and Formula One racing team. Founded in 1960 by two Australians, driver Jack Brabham and designer Ron Tauranac, the team won four Drivers' and two Constructors' World Championships in its 30-year Formula One history. Jack Brabham's 1966 FIA Drivers' Championship remains the only such achievement using a car bearing the driver's own name.
RAM Racing was a Formula One racing team which competed during the racing seasons of 1976 to 1985. The team entered other manufacturers' chassis from 1976 to 1980, then ran March's team from 1981 to 1983, only entering a car entirely their own in 1984 and 1985.
Apollon was a Formula One racing car constructor from Switzerland. The team participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix but failed to qualify. The team was formed by racing driver Loris Kessel.
Kessel ran a series of car dealerships in Switzerland and his own racing team, competing in Ferrari Challenge series in Italy and the main European series. The team also competes in the FIA GT3 European Championship with the same car.
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The FIA GT3 European Championship was a sports car racing series organized by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) and regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It was a championship derived from the international FIA GT1 World Championship, but meant to provide competition for more amateur racers in closer to production cars. The series used extensive performance balancing and handicap weights to make cars more equal.
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1974||Team Vonlanthen||March 742||BMW||BAR||HOC||PAU||SAL||HOC||MUG||KAR||PER||HOC|| VAL |
|1975||Ambrozium Racing Team||March 742||BMW|| EST |
| THR |
| HOC |
| NÜR |
| PAU |
| HOC |
| SAL |
|March 752|| MUG |
|PER|| SIL |
| ZOL |
|NOG|| VAL |
|1981||Horag Hotz Racing||March 812||BMW||SIL||HOC||THR|| NÜR |
|VAL|| MUG |
|Astra Team Merzario Srl||Merzario M1|| PAU |
|Horag Hotz Racing||March 802|| PER |
|Astra Team Merzario Srl||March 812|| DON |
|1976||RAM Racing||Brabham BT44B||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||BRA||RSA||USW|| ESP |
| BEL |
|MON|| SWE |
| FRA |
|GBR||GER|| AUT |
|1977||Jolly Club of Switzerland||Apollon Fly||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||USW||ESP||MON||BEL||SWE||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||NED|| ITA |
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