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Kenny Acheson
Born (1957-11-27) 27 November 1957 (age 62)
Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1983, 1985
TeamsRAM
Entries10 (3 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1983 British Grand Prix
Last entry1985 Italian Grand Prix

Kenneth Henry Acheson (born 27 November 1957 in Cookstown, Northern Ireland) is a British former racing driver who participated during the 1983 and 1985 Formula One seasons for the RAM team. He completed only one of his three race starts, finishing in 12th position in the 1983 South African Grand Prix. In 1985, he was a substitute for Manfred Winkelhock, who was killed in a sportscar race during the season.

Career

Early career

Born in Cookstown, his father, the owner of an Ulster brickworks, raced in the 1970s on motorcycles and in Formula Ford.

In 1976 he had a test in his father's old Crosslé FF1600 at the local Kirkistown Circuit and in no time was lapping within three seconds of the lap record. He entered his first race later in the year, once again at Kirkistown driving his father's FF1600 Crosslé. He acquitted himself pretty well and his father agreed to buy a new Crosslé for the 1977 season if Kenny quit smoking.

So, equipped with new machinery, he won the 1977 Northern Ireland FF1600 Championship.

Further success and Formula 1

For 1978 he moved to England to contest three of the Formula Ford series. Driving one of Alan Cornock's Royales with RMC sponsorship, he won 29 races and all three championships. He also picked up a Grovewood Award at the end of the year.

Moving up to Formula 3 in 1979, he began with a second-hand Ralt but soon ordered a new March 793 in an effort to be more competitive. However he failed to take any Championship wins though he set the fastest lap at the F3 support race for the 1979 British Grand Prix and won three non-championship races.

For 1980 he joined up with Murray Taylor Racing at Stone in Oxfordshire, to contest the Vandervell British F3 Championship. By mid-season Acheson was leading the Championship from Stefan Johansson who was driving for Project 4 Racing. But then Johansson acquired a new Ralt RT3 and closed the gap. At the last race of the Championship, Kenny made a small mistake and Johansson took the title.

Moving up to Formula 2 in 1981, he joined Docking Spitzley Racing driving a Toleman TG280. However his season ended prematurely with a big accident while racing for the lead with Michele Alboreto around the French street circuit at Pau. Running wheel to wheel, Alboreto left Acheson nowhere to go and he crashed heavily, his car ending up in a tree. With both his legs badly broken he was lucky to survive.

Nevertheless, he returned in 1982 with the Ralt Honda team, finishing seventh in the European Championship.

He was given a works F2 drive with Maurer Motorsport in 1983 and, later in the year, made his F1 debut in one of John McDonald's RAM March F1 cars with RMC sponsorship RAM March F1 car. In seven races, he failed to qualify the cumbersome car on every occasion before he finally made it onto the grid for the South African GP.

Without a drive in 1984, he returned to the RAM team as to replace Manfred Winkelhock who had tragically been killed racing a Kremer Porsche 962C at Mosport Park. With the more competitive Hart-powered RAM 03 Kenny qualified for both the Austrian and Italian GP but his funds dried up and that was the end of his F1 career.

Later career

He also had a brief flirtation with CART that year. He was entered for the Indy 500 in a Lola T800 Cosworth but didn't drive. He then crashed his March 83C Cosworth at the Meadowlands before failing to qualify for Elkhart Lake and crashing in practice at Laguna Seca in the Skoal Bandit Lola T800 Cosworth.

For the next few years he made his living in Japan where he raced for Kunimitsu Takahashi’s Advan-backed Alpha team in Formula 3000 and sports cars. He won the Japanese Sportscar Championship in 1987 and on the back of that, moved back to Europe in 1988 with Sauber-Mercedes and was due to drive at Le Mans, but the team pulled out in practice.

He embarked on a full season with Sauber-Mercedes in 1989 and took a fine second at Le Mans that year driving with Mauro Baldi, the pair going on to win at Brands Hatch and Spa.

At the end of 1989 he was dropped by Sauber despite his performances and instead moved to Nissan for 1990 for the WSPC season. At Le Mans he retired the R90CK with a gearbox failure during the warm-up lap.

For Le Mans in 1991 he was part of the Silk Cut Jaguar team, finishing third in the XJR12. In 1992 he was back at Le Mans, this time with Toyota driving the Tony Southgate designed TS010 and scoring another second, though the following year he failed to finish. When the sportscar World Championship ended, Acheson switched to GT racing in Japan with the SARD team. This led to a final visit to the Sarthe in 1995, when he drove the SARD MC8R, retiring after just 14 laps when the car suffered a total brake failure.

In 1996 Acheson went to the Daytona 24 Hours with the Newcastle United football team liveried Lister Storm, sharing the car with Geoff Lees and Tiff Needell. In the dying moments of the race his Lister was destroyed in a violent crash when he was hit by a slower car. Luckily he walked away from the scene, and he also decided to walk away from racing altogether.[1]

Racing record

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
1981 Docking Spitzley Team Toleman Lola T850 Hart SIL
19
HOC
Ret
THR
Ret
NÜR
6
VAL
10
MUG
15
PAU
Ret
PER SPA DON MIS MAN
3
15th 5
1982 Ralt Racing Ltd. Ralt RH6/82 Honda SIL
Ret
HOC
13
THR
2
NÜR
4
MUG
6
VAL
14
PAU
5
SPA
10
HOC
11
DON
10
MAN
Ret
PER
Ret
MIS
Ret
7th 12
1983 Maurer Motorsport Maurer MM83 BMW SIL
Ret
THR
10
HOC
10
NÜR
9
VAL
11
PAU
2
JAR
Ret
DON
8
MIS PER ZOL MUG 10th 6

Japanese Top Formula Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1981 Suzuki Racing Toleman TG280 Hart SUZ SUZ SUZ SUZ SUZ
Ret
NC 0
1982 Ralt Racing Ltd. Ralt RH6/82 Honda SUZ FUJ SUZ SUZ SUZ
15
SUZ
4
12th 10
1985 Advan Sports Nova March 85J Honda SUZ
4
FUJ
3
MIN
6
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
5
FUJ
1
SUZ
4
SUZ
8
3rd 66 (69)
1987 Advan Sports Tomei March 87B Cosworth SUZ
8
FUJ
16
MIN
SUZ
10
SUZ
15
SUG
Ret
FUJ
7
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
15th 8
1988 Team Kitamura March 87B Mugen-Honda SUZ
8
FUJ
Ret
MIN
9
SUZ
15
SUG
Ret
FUJ
14
SUZ SUZ NC 0
1989 Team LeMans Reynard 89D Mugen-Honda SUZ FUJ MIN SUZ SUG
Ret
FUJ
14
SUZ SUZ NC 0
1991 Ad Racing Team Reynard 91D Mugen-Honda SUZ
EX
AUT FUJ MIN SUZ SUG FUJ SUZ FUJ SUZ FUJ NC 0

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
1983 RAM Automotive Team March RAM March 01 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
AUT
DNQ
NED
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
EUR
DNQ
RSA
12
NC 0
1985 Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM 03 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t BRA POR SMR MON CAN DET FRA GBR GER AUT
Ret
NED
DNQ
ITA
Ret
BEL EUR RSA AUS NC 0
Source:[2]

American Open-Wheel racing

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART PPG Indy Car World Series

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
1984 WIT Promotions March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA
28
CLE MCH 40th 0
H&R Racing March 84C ROA
DNQ
POC MDO SAN MCH PHX
Forsythe Racing Lola T800 LAG
DNQ
CPL

Complete World Sportscar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1985 John Fitzpatrick Racing C1 Porsche 956B Porsche Type 935 2.6 F6t MUG MNZ
Ret
SIL NC 0
Porsche 962C LMS
DNQ
HOC MOS SPA BRH
Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 956 Gti FUJ
Ret
SHA
1986 Team Ikuzawa C1 Tom's 86C Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L4t MNZ SIL LMS NOR BRH JER NÜR SPA FUJ
Ret
NC 0
1987 Advan Alpha Nova C1 Porsche 962C Porsche Type 935 3.0 F6t JAR JER MNZ SIL LMS NOR BRH NÜR SPA FUJ
11
NC 0
1988 Team Sauber Mercedes C1 Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0 V8t JER JAR MNZ SIL LMS
DNS
BRN BRH NÜR SPA FUJ
5
SAN NC 0
1989 Team Sauber Mercedes C1 Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0 V8t SUZ
2
DIJ
3
JAR
5
BRH
1
NÜR
2
DON
2
SPA
1
MEX
Ret
4th 97 (105)
1990 Nissan Motorsports International C Nissan R89C Nissan VRH35Z 3.5 V8t SUZ
Ret
9th 11
Nissan R90CK MNZ
7
SIL
Ret
SPA
3
DIJ
21
NÜR
9
DON
4
CGV
5
MEX
4
1991 Silk Cut Jaguar C2 Jaguar XJR-12 Jaguar 7.4L V12 SUZ MNZ SIL LMS
3
NÜR MAG MEX AUT 24th 12
1992 Toyota Team Tom's C1 Toyota TS010 Toyota RV10 3.5 V10 MNZ SIL LMS
2
DON SUZ
Ret
MAG 16th 15

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1985 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing United Kingdom Dudley Wood
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Porsche 962C C1 - DNQ DNQ
1988 Switzerland Team Sauber Mercedes West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 - DNS DNS
1989 West Germany Team Sauber Mercedes Italy Mauro Baldi
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 384 2nd 2nd
1990 Japan Nissan Motorsports International United Kingdom Martin Donnelly
France Olivier Grouillard
Nissan R90CK C1 0 DNF DNF
1991 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Italy Teo Fabi
France Bob Wollek
Jaguar XJR-12 C2 358 3rd 3rd
1992 Japan Toyota Team Tom's France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Toyota TS010 C1 346 2nd 2nd
1993 Japan Toyota Team Tom's France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Toyota TS010 C1 212 DNF DNF
1995 Japan SARD Co. Ltd. France Alain Ferté
Japan Tomiko Yoshikawa
SARD MC8-R-Toyota GT1 14 DNF DNF
Source:[3]

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1986 Eddie Jordan Racing March 86B Ford Cosworth SIL VAL PAU SPA IMO MUG PER ÖST
Ret
BIR BUG JAR NC 0

References

  1. ^ Copeman, Richard (13 February 2007). "historicracing.com". Archived from the original on 7 April 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2007.
  2. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 12. ISBN 0851127029.
  3. ^ "All Results of Kenny Acheson". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
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