Loris Kessel

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Loris Kessel
Born(1950-04-01)1 April 1950
Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
Died 15 May 2010(2010-05-15) (aged 60)
Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Switzerland.svg Swiss
Active years 19761977
Teams Apollon
Non-works Brabham
Entries 6 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1976 Spanish Grand Prix
Last entry 1977 Italian Grand Prix

Loris Kessel (1 April 1950 – 15 May 2010 [1] ) was a racing driver from Switzerland. He was born in Lugano and died in Montagnola following a long illness.

Switzerland federal republic in Central Europe

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 Place in Ticino, Switzerland

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 auto racing team

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.

The Ferrari Challenge is a single-marque motorsport championship that was created in 1993 for owners of the 348 Berlinetta who wanted to become involved in racing. It now encompasses three official championships in the United States, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Competitors from each series are brought together at the annual World Finals event. From 2007-10, the Ferrari Challenge exclusively used the Ferrari F430 model. 2011 saw the introduction of the 458 Challenge with the 458 Challenge Evoluzione following in 2014. In 2018 Ferrari introduced the 488 Challenge.

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.

Racing record

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14Pos. Pts
1974 Team Vonlanthen March 742 BMW BAR HOC PAU SAL HOC MUG KAR PER HOC VAL
NC 0
1975 Ambrozium Racing Team March 742 BMW EST
ROU 16th 7
March 752 MUG
1981 Horag Hotz Racing March 812 BMW SIL HOC THR NÜR
NC 0
Astra Team Merzario Srl Merzario M1 PAU
Horag Hotz Racing March 802 PER
Astra Team Merzario Srl March 812 DON

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17WDC Pts
1976 RAM Racing Brabham BT44B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP
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

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class LapsPos.Class
1985 Flag of Italy.svg Carma F.F. (Cheetah) Flag of Switzerland.svg Jean-Pierre Frey
Flag of Italy.svg Ruggero Melgrati
Flag of Italy.svg Aldo Bertuzzi
Alba AR2-Carma C2 - DNS DNS
1993 Flag of Germany.svg Obermaier Racing GmbH Flag of Germany.svg Otto Altenbach
Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Oppermann
Porsche 962C C2 355 7th3rd
Source: [2]

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  1. "Ex-Formel-1-Pilot Loris Kessel gestorben". swissinfo.ch (in German). Swissinfo. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  2. "All Results of Loris Kessel". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.