Allen Berg

Full Name:
Allen Bernard Berg
Born:
1st August 1961 (Age 58)
Vancouver, British Colombia
Nationality:
Canadian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The diminutive Allen Berg finished as runner-up to Scott Goodyear in the 1981 Canadian Formula Ford Championship in what was his second season racing cars. He recovered from an unhappy 1982 in Formula Atlantic when driving Doug Shierson’s uncompetitive March to win the New Zealand Formula Pacific Championship in early 1983 for Graeme Lawrence and Ralt.

Success in British Formula 3

Rather than return to North America that summer, Berg drove a Ralt RT3-Toyota in the 1983 British Formula 3 Championship. He initially struggled with Neil Trundle’s singleton entry but results improved once he joined Eddie Jordan Racing. Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle dominated proceedings but the fifth-placed Berg was not out of his depth. He remained with Jordan for 1984 and finished second on eight occasions to finish a distant runner-up to Johnny Dumfries in the title race.

Formula 1 with Osella

When Berg returned to the spotlight it was in Formula 1, replacing Osella’s Christian Danner for the 1986 Detroit Grand Prix. He completed the final nine races of the season with the small Italian team – always qualifying at the back and never finishing higher than 12th.

Life after Grand Prix racing

A lack of sponsorship and results thwarted any further F1 ambitions but Berg made sporadic sports car starts and raced a private BMW M3 in the 1991 German Touring Car Championship.

It was in Mexico that he became an unlikely star. With a fully sponsored drive in the national Formula 2 series from 1992, he won the 1993 title with a Ralt RT40-Chrysler. The championship switched to the redundant Indy Lights Lola T93/20 chassis and Chevrolet power in 1998 and Berg won that championship in 2001 – the last year of Mexico’s top-flight single-seater series.

With that final success, Berg retired from the cockpit to run an Atlantic team and he now operates racing schools in Calgary.