Les Leston  Great Britain

  • Full name Alfred Lazarus Fingleston
  • Birth date December 16, 1920
  • Birthplace Bulwell, Nottingham, Great Britain
  • Current age 93 years 125 days
  • Teams BRM, Connaught, Cooper
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1956 Connaught 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 19 0 0 0 -
1957 Cooper, BRM 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
Total 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 2, 1956 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Aintree July 20, 1957 Race results
Profile

While his working name wasn't a shadow on that he was christened with - Alfred Lazarus Fingleston - Les Leston began his career racing in a Jaguar SS100 before buying his own Cooper Mk V and then from 1952 a Leston Special in which he won 16 races.

In 1954 he was signed as a Cooper works driver and that year he won the Formula 3 championship. He continued to drive in a variety of formula, with his two Formula One World Championship races coming in 1956 and 1957. He failed to finish either, and did not qualify in a third. He won the British saloon car championship in 1958 and the British GT series in 1961.

While racing he built up a very successful motor accessory company but in the early 1970s he moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a broadcaster before returning to England in the 1980s.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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May 23, 1971

Former Formula One driver Les Leston at the 1971 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

     

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