|Born||27 August 1942|
Søborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Died||12 January 2020 77) (aged|
Rushden, United Kingdom
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Frank Williams Racing Cars|
|Entries||5 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1973 Swedish Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1974 British Grand Prix|
Tom Belsø (27 August 1942 – 12 January 2020)was a motor racing driver, credited as the first Formula One driver from Denmark.
Belsø started out in touring cars, where he won his debut race and went on to become Scandinavian Touring Car Champion in 1969.He became a Formula Two racer in 1972, with his best result being a fourth place at the Albi Grand Prix, finishing 17th in the European F2 Championship. In 1973 he raced a Lola in Formula 5000. He also raced in a few non-championship Formula One races, finishing 7th in the 1973 Race of Champions and 8th in the 1973 BRDC International Trophy, and retiring in the 1974 BRDC International Trophy and 1975 Race of Champions. He contested the 1974 Rothmans 5000 European Championship winning at Snetterton and finishing 8th in the Series. He also competed in the 1977 Shellsport 5000/Libre series and finished fifth in a Radio Luxemburg-sponsored Lola T330-Chevrolet.
Belsø qualified a Formula One Iso-Marlboro for the Frank Williams Racing Cars team at the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix, but could not start the race because his sponsorship money did not arrive. In 1974 he tried four times to qualify for Williams, but was only successful in South Africa and Sweden. In South Africa, the clutch on Belsø's FW failed on the first lap of the race. In Sweden, he finished his only complete Grand Prix, in eighth place.
|1973||Frank Williams Racing Cars||Iso-Marlboro IR||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON|| SWE |
|1974||Frank Williams Racing Cars||Iso-Marlboro FW||Cosworth V8||ARG||BRA|| RSA |
| ESP |
|BEL||MON|| SWE |
|NED||FRA|| GBR |
‡ Belsø took part in practice only. The car was driven in the race by Howden Ganley.
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)
|1969||Tom Belsø||Ford Escort TC||C||BRH||SIL||SNE||THR|| SIL |
|1970||British Vita Racing||Ford Escort TC||C||BRH||SNE||THR||SIL||CRY||SIL||SIL||CRO||BRH||OUL||BRH|| BRH |
In 1977 he founded Belso Cereals, a manufacturing company based in Peterborough.
On 12 January 2020 Belsø died from stomach cancer;he was 77 years old.
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