Tom Pryce  Great Britain

  • Full name Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
  • Birth date June 11, 1949
  • Birthplace Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales, Great Britain
  • Date of death March 5, 1977 (27 years 267 days)
  • Place of death Kyalami, South Africa
  • Teams Shadow, Token
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1974 Token, Shadow 9 9 0 0 3 6 0 0 3 0 0 1 19
1975 Shadow 14 14 0 1 7 3 1 2 1 0 0 8 10
1976 Shadow 16 16 0 1 12 3 0 0 3 0 0 10 12
1977 Shadow 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
Total 42 42 0 2 22 3 1 2 1 0 0 19
Race Circuit Date
First race Belgian Grand Prix Nivelles May 12, 1974 Race results
Last race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 5, 1977 Race results
Profile

Tom Pryce was one of several British drivers of great promise to die in the 1970s. His career started when he won a Formula Ford car in a competition in 1970, and he soon moved onto Formula Three. His debut season in 1972 was prematurely ended by a broken leg, but he returned and moved to Formula Two in 1973.

He got his Formula One break with the small Token team, racing once before he was refused entry to the Monaco Grand Prix. He switched to a Formula Three race which he won, and on the strength of that got a drive with Shadow, scoring his first points at the German Grand Prix.

In 1975 his progress continued with five top-six finishes, including a third in Austria, and he also won the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. His fourth place in Germany came despite him rupturing a fuel pipe early on, and he completed the race knowing his car could explode at any time. He was again consistent in 1976 with a brace of fourths and a third in Brazil.

He started 1977 with a couple of disappointing races, but in South Africa he appeared to be on the way back when he set the fastest time during practice. On the 22nd lap, at Kyalami, Pryce was killed when he struck a marshal who was running across the track to deal with a fire in another car; the fire extinguisher the marshal was carrying stuck Pryce in the head, with such force that he almost certainly died instantly.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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March 22, 1977

The wreckage of Tom Pryce's Shadow lies in the fencing after his fatal accident

March 5, 1977

The remains of the Shadow DN8 of Tom Pryce sit in the catch fencing

March 5, 1977

Tom Pryce at the 1977 South African Grand Prix before his fatal accident

     

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