Elie Bayol

Full Name:
Elie Marcel Bayol
Born:
28th February 1914
Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Died:
25th May 1995 (Aged 81)
La Ciotat, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

A late convert to the sport, Elie Bayol raced in both single-seaters and sports cars during the early 1950s. He started seven Grands Prix with fifth in the 1954 Argentine GP his best result.

Early racing career

He first raced an elderly Bugatti T35 in 1946 before switching to a new Cisitalia two years later. Bayol joined the works Deutsch et Bonnet team for 1950 and entered hillclimbs and limited international events. That he was little known outside France at the time is shown in the contemporary British press who reported his second-place finish in a 500cc Formula 3 race at Montlhéry being achieved by Bayonne or Baxonne. He also made his Le Mans debut that year for DB when 23rd overall.

Grand Prix driver

Now 38 years old, Bayol acquired an OSCA MT4 (a converted sports car) for the 1952 Formula 2 season and that coincided with the world championship adopting the category. Placed in minor races at Pau and Marseille, his pukka OSCA 20 F2 car arrived in time for the Italian GP that autumn. A promising 10th on the grid, Bayol’s gearbox failed on the opening lap.

He won the 1953 Circuit du Lac at Aix-les-Bains but GP starts in France and Italy yielded little. Motor racing’s senior category reverted to Formula 1 again in 1954 and Bayol joined Gordini for the opening round in Argentina. He survived the rain to finish in a career-best fifth position. However, he lost a wheel and crashed into the crowd on the opening lap of the following Buenos Aires 1000Kms with a policeman severely injury and a spectator killed.

Back in Europe and single-seaters, Bayol finished fourth at Pau for a third successive year but was fired after refusing to pit and hand his car to Gordini team leader Jean Behra at Bordeaux. He was 10th at Le Mans that year, the DB-Panhard he shared with René Bonnet winning the 750cc class.

Seemingly forgiven by Amédée Gordini in 1955, he suffered serious head injuries while testing the team’s T36S sports car at Le Mans. He did recover to make a final F1 start in the 1956 Monaco GP – finishing sixth while sharing with André Pilette – before retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1956 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1955 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1955 World Sportscar Championship
Equipe Gordini
1 (1) 0 0 0 2
1954 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 2
1954 World Sportscar Championship
Automobiles DB
1 0 0 0 0
1953 F1 World Championship
Elie Bayol
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1953 World Sportscar Championship
Automobiles Talbot-Darracq
1 0 0 0 0
1952 F1 World Championship
Elie Bayol
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0