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Jesus Iglesias

Full Name:
Jesus Ricardo Iglesias
Born:
22nd February 1922
Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province
Died:
11th July 2005 (Aged 83)
Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province
Nationality:
Argentinian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This Argentinian may have had a long career racing in his homeland but his limited experience against international opposition nearly ended in tragedy.

Formula 1 with Gordini

He was racing a modified Chevrolet in the local Turisimo Carretera championship when invited to join Gordini for the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix. That was perhaps the hottest Formula 1 race in history and many a driver and car wilted in the heat. Iglesias’s Gordini T16 lasted until one-third distance when its transmission failed. His Maserati was then 16th in the Formule Libre Buenos Aires GP a fortnight later.

Iglesias continued in local events and finished second in the Rafaela 500 miles in 1956 and 1958. He was in the field again for 1958 Buenos Aires GP with his Chevrolet Special. Perhaps unsighted in the driving rain, Iglesias completely missed his braking point for the first corner on the second lap and careered into Stirling Moss’s Cooper-Climax. Both cars were eliminated with Moss’s car launched into a group of photographers. Thankfully no-one was injured but it could have been so much worse.

Winner of the 1959 Buenos Aires GP against a local field, he retired a Maserati 200S from the 1960 Buenos Aires 1000Kms in what was his last international race.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1955 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0