Bernard de Dryver

Born:
19th September 1952 (Age 66)
Brussels
Nationality:
Belgian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This enthusiastic Belgian attempted to qualify for his home Grand Prix in 1977 but without success. Although family connections smoothed a swift path to Formula 2, Bernard de Dryver was unable to sustain a career in international single-seaters.

Early racing career

He cut his teeth on bikes from 1968 before switching to Formula Vee four years later. Third in Belgian touring cars with an Opel Commodore, de Dryver had loftier ambitions.

His father was the Belgian importer of Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi at the time and sponsored his son’s F2 graduation in 1975. It was a big step for the 23-year-old initially struggled to qualify Brian Lewis’s Team Michel Vaillant March-BMW. But he finished fifth (and last) at Rouen-les-Essarts to score championship points. Fourth at the non-championship 1976 Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, he continued to struggle when F2 points were at stake.

Formula 1

Undeterred by his limited success so far, de Dryver hired Brian Henton’s March 761-Ford for the 1977 Belgian GP but, predictably, he failed to qualify.

B&O funded his third season in F2 that year before a final campaign with Bob Salisbury’s March 782 in 1978. He rarely showed the required pace but tested an Ensign at Zolder in preparation for another GP attempt. However, that Belga cigarettes-funded deal fell through at the 11th hour.

British Formula 1

Four underwhelming F2 years had left de Dryver without funding for his next move, so he rented his elderly March to punters to have some fun in the winter. One such wealthy client owned Harksound Hi-Fi and agreed to fund de Dryver’s move to the British F1 Championship in 1979. The Belgian’s RAM Racing Fittipaldi F5A-Ford was consistently in the top six including three second-places as de Dryver came fourth in the standings.

Touring cars and endurance racing

Plans to join Shadow for the 1980 World Championship failed to materialise and his single-seater career, a one-off Formula 3000 DNQ in 1988 apart, was over. He was Team Manager for AGS in F2 during 1981 and turned to national touring cars and international sports cars for his own driving career. The highlight of that period was his second-place finish in the 1987 Le Mans 24 Hours when sharing an Obermaïer Racing Porsche 962 with Pierre Yver and Jürgen Laessig.

De Dryver raced in the 2003 FIA GT Championship and subsequent national events and now works in historic racing.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1992 World Sportscar Championship
Action Formula with Bernard de Dryver
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Courage Competition
1 0 0 0 49th 2
1988 FIA International F3000 Championship
Sport Auto Racing
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Noel del Bello Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Obermaier Racing
3 0 1 0 63rd 2
1987 World Touring Car Championship
Garage du Bac
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
0
1985 World Endurance Championship
Cheetah Racing Cars
6 0 0 0 91st 1
1984 World Endurance Championship
Pierre Yver Racing
4 (1) 0 0 0 68th 4
1983 World Endurance Championship
Pierre Yver
1 0 0 0 0
1982 World Endurance Championship
Bussi Racing
3 0 0 0 0
1980 World Championship of Makes
N Faure
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1979 European F2 Championship
RAM Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
RAM Racing
14 (1) 1 4 0
0% win rate
4th 41
1978 F1 World Championship
Team Tissot Ensign
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1978 European F2 Championship
Bob Salisbury Racing
6 (4) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1977 F1 World Championship
British Formula 1 Racing
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1977 European F2 Championship
Bob Gerard Racing
10 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 1
1976 European F2 Championship
Bang & Olufsen Team Michel Vaillant
1 (6) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1976 ShellSport Group 8 European Championship
Bob Salisbury Racing
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
29th 6
1975 European F2 Championship
Bang & Olufsen Team Michel Vaillant
9 (4) 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 3