Jacques Swaters  Belgium

  • Full name Jacques Swaters
  • Birth date October 30, 1926
  • Birthplace Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • Date of death December 10, 2010 (84 years 41 days)
  • Place of death Brussels, Belgium
  • Teams Ferrari, Talbot-Lago
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1951 Talbot-Lago 2 2 0 0 1 10 0 0 22 0 0 0 -
1953 Ferrari 3 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1954 Ferrari 3 3 0 0 1 8 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
Total 8 7 0 0 3 7 0 0 13 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race German Grand Prix Nürburgring July 29, 1951 Race results
Last race Spanish Grand Prix Pedralbes October 24, 1954 Race results
Profile

Jacques Swaters featured on the periphery of Formula One in the early 1950s but made more of a mark as the team owner of Ecurie Francorchamps and Ecurie Nationale Belge. He made his debut in the 24 Hours of Spa in an MG co-driven by his friend and racer-turned-journalist Paul Frère, entered under the Ecurie Francorchamps banner. In 1950 Swaters, Frère and André Pilette established Écurie Belgique, under which name they prepared cars for themselves and other Belgian races, both in grand prix and sports car racing. Swaters raced a yellow Talbot-Lago in several events, including two World Championship rounds, the 1951 German and Italian Grands Prix. In 1952, Swaters and another Belgian, Charles de Tornaco, restarted Ecurie Francorchamps, a racing stable mainly associated with Ferrari. Swaters drove the team Ferrari 500 in a small number of events, but did manage to take a victory at the 1953 Avusrennen, a Formula 2 race. As a driver, Swaters later concentrated in sports car racing at the hand of a Jaguar C-Type and D-Type. After retiring from racing in 1957, Swaters became manager of the Ecurie Nationale Belge, which had been formed in 1955 as a merger of his Francorchamps, Frère's Ecurie Belgique and Johnny Claes' Ecurie Belge. The ENB entered several Cooper-Climax cars in Formula 2 racing for both experienced and upcoming Belgian drivers, and helped launch the career of Olivier Gendebien, Lucien Bianchi and Mauro Bianchi. The team moved into F1 in 1960 and later reworked the Emeryson into the ENB chassis. However, by 1964 he was no longer interested in ENB and turned his attention to sports-car racing completely. Swaters' Ecurie Francorchamps, which had remained independent from the ENB effort during the 1950s and 1960s, was always a top contender, with occasional class wins (including the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans) and frequent class podiums. An overall victory at the 1965 500km Spa was Swaters' crowning achievement as a manager. The Ecurie Francorchamps stopped operating in 1982, but Swaters retained his Garage Francorchamps, a Ferrari dealership.

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