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Adrian Campos

Full Name:
Adrian Campos Suner
17th June 1960 (Age 60)
Alcira, Valencia province
Most recent race (in database):

The grandson of wealthy Spanish industrialist Luis Suñer, Adrián Campos started 17 Grands Prix for Minardi during the late 1980s without ever doing more than making up the numbers.

Upbringing and early racing career

Growing up in comfortable surroundings, he won the 1980 Spanish Championship for radio controlled cars. Although money was never an issue, his grandfather was once held to ransom by Basque separatists ETA, so personal security certainly was.

Despite limited previous experience, Campos commissioned and raced the Avidesa 383-Alfa Romeo in the 1983 European Formula 3 Championship – the car named after the family’s frozen food company. Seventh at Járama, he drove Bertram Schäfer’s Ralt-Volkswagen for the next two seasons and he finished third in the 1985 German Formula 3 Championship behind Volker Weidler and Kris Nissen.

He graduated to Formula 3000 for the following season with Peter Gethin’s March 86B-Cosworth but failed to qualify as often as he scrapped into the field. He switched to the works Lola team for the final two races of the year and enjoyed a morale-boosting performance at Járama when qualifying sixth and finishing seventh.

Formula 1 with Minardi

Hardly adequate qualifications to join racing’s elite perhaps, but Campos was a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver in 1987 when driving a turbocharged Minardi M187-Motori Moderni as Alessandro Nannini’s team-mate. He only finished once – 14th in his home race – but started 1988 with the now Cosworth-powered team. Sixteenth at Imola, he was replaced after three DNQs in succession.

He later returned to the sport in the Spanish Touring Car Championship and won the 1994 title with an Alfa Romeo 155 TS. Campos retired from racing three years later and future success was as a driver manager and then team owner in F3, the World Series by Nissan and GP2.

That prompted new F1 ambitions and his Campos Meta One team was awarded an entry for the 2010 season. With Dallara chassis and Cosworth engines, all seemed in place except the finance. By the time the hastily renamed Hispania Racing Team made it to the first race, Campos was no longer part of the consortium.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1994 Campeonato de Espana Turismos Series 1st -
1988 F1 World Championship
Lois Minardi Team
2 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1987 F1 World Championship
Minardi Team
15 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1986 FIA International F3000 Championship
Peter Gethin Racing
Lola Motorsport
5 (4) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1985 European F3 Cup
Forti Corse
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1985 German F3 Championship 3rd 128
1984 European F3 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 5
1983 European F3 Championship
Avidesa Automoviles
11 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate