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"Pierre Chauvet"

Full Name:
Friedrich Glatz, also raced as "Umberto Calvo" and "James Bald"
Born:
21st July 1943
Vienna
Died:
14th July 2002 (Aged 58)
Most (CZ), EuroBoss historic F1 race
Nationality:
Austrian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This gentleman driver never seemed happy with his name. Born Friedrich Glatz, he later answered to Fritz but was better known in racing circles as “Pierre Chauvet”. He was never the quickest driver but was certainly the one with most pseudonyms – “Frederico Careca,” “Umberto Calvo” and “James Bald” were all the same man.

“Chauvet”, the name he used while making up the numbers in Formula 2 and F3000, was an enthusiastic amateur and success in industry allowed him to indulge his hobby behind the wheel.

Early racing career and switch to Formula 2

He started racing in 1977 and dabbled in the World Sportscar Championship before deciding single-seaters were more interesting. He made his F2 debut at Mantorp Park in the 1981 finale and competed in the category and its replacement F3000 until 1988 – starting 42 times, but only scoring points once during that time.

That was at F2's penultimate race at Donington Park in 1984. “Chauvet” qualified his Eric Schwaller-prepared March 842-BMW in a surprise sixth position. He maintained that form on raceday and finished in a career-best sixth to take the final championship point of the day.

Tragic racing return

During this time he also raced in occasional and unsuccessful sports car races. He competed in Interserie in 1992 and returned eight years later (as “Careca”) in the EuroBoss historic Formula 1 championship with an old Arrows. He had found his level in this less competitive environment and for once was at the sharp end of the grid.

By 2002, he had decided to retire again and was in his final race at Most when disaster struck. Leading the race, he clipped a curb and his car was sent into a sickening barrel-roll. “Chauvet” was taken to the local hospital but died late in the afternoon from injuries to neck and chest.