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Jac Nellemann

Full Name:
Vilhelm Jacob Nellemann
Born:
19th April 1944 (Age 76)
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden
Nationality:
Danish
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Jac Nellemann came from a racing family – the son of a national sports car champion, his uncle Robert won the Danish Formula 3 title eight times during the 1950s and 1960s.

Successful national career

Jac continued that national success by winning Danish titles in karts (1966), Group 1 saloons (1971, 1975) and Formula Ford 1600 (1973). He started racing in F3 in 1973 and his private GRD 373 was second behind American Randy Lewis at the Jyllandsring.

Having mainly competed in Scandinavia so far, Nellemann graduated to the new European F3 Championship in 1975. He was fourth in his heat at Monaco and scored a first F3 victory in that year’s grandly titled Danish Grand Prix at the Jyllandsring – beating European Champion-elect Larry Perkins among others.

Brief Formula 1 career and his return to F3

Nellemann hired the second RAM Racing Brabham BT44B-Ford for the 1976 Swedish GP. However, electrical problems and persistent understeer plagued his weekend. His best qualifying time was 0.239sec behind team-mate Loris Kessel and Nellemann failed to qualify.

He remained in F3 in 1976 with continued backing from long-term sponsors Texaco Denmark. A mid-season switch from Van Diemen 376-Ford to a Modus M1-Toyota helped Nellemann finish second in Knutstorp’s European round and win the first of back-to-back national titles that year.

He made a final European F3 start with a Chevron B38-Toyota in 1977, but switched to Formula Super Vee and won the 1978 Nordic title before announcing his retirement from racing at the end of 1979. However, he returned to win a wet European Super Vee race at Donington a year later with a Chevron B50.

Nellemann later competed in historic racing with some success – winning the BRDC Sportscar Championship in 2002. He joined Aston Martin for the 2007 GT4 European Cup and won at Silverstone with a Vantage N24.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1977 Danish F3 Championship 1st -
1977 European F3 Championship
Texaco Racing Denmark
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 3
1976 F1 World Championship
RAM Racing
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1976 European F3 Championship
Texaco Racing Denmark
6 0 1 0
0% win rate
7th 7
1976 Danish F3 Championship 1st -
1975 European F3 Cup
Texaco Racing Denmark
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 Polifac German F3 Championship 49th 400
1973 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Tony Trimmer
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 6