Charles de Tornaco  Belgium

  • Full name Charles de Tornaco
  • Birth date June 7, 1927
  • Birthplace Brussels, Belgium
  • Date of death September 18, 1953 (26 years 103 days)
  • Place of death Modena, Italy
  • Teams Ferrari
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1952 Ferrari 3 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1953 Ferrari 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
Total 4 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 13 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 22, 1952 Race results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 21, 1953 Race results
Profile

Charles de Tornaco came from an aristocratic Belgian family which included a former prime minister. He started racing in 1948 with his best friend Jacques Swaters. in a car he owned, and Swaters subsequently set up the Ecurie Belgique team (the name was soon changed to Ecurie Francorchamps) to support de Tornaco's ambitions. In 1952 the team entered the World Championship as regulations were changed to favour Formula Two cars. de Tornaco finished seventh at the Belgian Grand Prix and in a HWM fourth in a non-championship event at Chimay. While practising for the Modena Grand Prix that autumn he rolled his Ferrari and with almost non-existent medical facilities at the track he died on his way hospital.

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June 21, 1953

Charles de Tornaco at the 1953 Belgian Grand Prix

     

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