Dave Morgan

Full Name:
David Rowland John Morgan
Born:
7th August 1944
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Died:
8th November 2018 (Aged 74)
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Dave Morgan started his club racing career with a Mini in 1965 and graduated to Formula 3 five years later. His promising debut season in 1970 was marred when his March 703 crashed into James Hunt’s Lotus on the last lap at Crystal Palace. Initially banned for a year, Morgan successfully appealed and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1971.

Formula 2 race winner

Formula 2 was next and Morgan surprised championship regulars by qualifying his Edward Reeves Brabham BT35-Ford on the front row for the opening round of the 1972 European Championship at Mallory Park. He completed an excellent debut by beating Niki Lauda’s works March 722 in the 100-lap race.

Morgan switched to a Brabham BT38 from Thruxton but struggled at first with the new car. However, he was fourth at Rouen-les-Essarts and the Osterreiching and an excellent third at the Salzburgring to complete 1972 sixth in the F2 standings.

A Chevron B25-Ford was acquired for the following season but, although he finished fourth at Mallory, he could not sustain that form. A mid-season switch to the Texaco-sponsored Lotus team as Ronnie Peterson’s team-mate was a bitter disappointment and he was not seen in F2 again.

Grand Prix driver for a day

It was Formula Atlantic again in 1974 and he finished fifth when sharing a works March 75S-Hart with John Lepp in the following year’s Osterreichring 1000Kms on a rare sports car outing. Morgan also made a one-off Grand Prix start in the 1975 British GP when sponsors National Organs hired the second works Surtees TS16-Ford. He qualified in 23rd position but was one of those to crash in the deluge that stopped the race.

Frustrated by his lack of opportunities, Morgan retired from the sport before briefly returning in the British Touring Car Championship at the start of the 1980s. He later worked as a race engineer in F1, F3000 and Champ Cars but it was his F2 debut that remained the highlight of his racing career.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1975 F1 World Championship
Team Surtees
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 World Championship of Makes
March Engineering
2 0 0 0 12
1974 Rothmans European F5000 Championship
Hogan Racing
1 (1) 1 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 European F2 Championship
Team Lotus
Edward Reeves
9 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 8
1972 European F2 Trophy
Edward Reeves
Allan McCall
9 (2) 0 2 1
12% win rate
6th 23
1972 John Player British F2 Championship
Edward Reeves
4 (1) 0 1 1
25% win rate
3rd 14