Jan Lammers

Full Name:
Johannes Anthonius Lammers
Born:
2nd June 1956 (Age 63)
Zandvoort, Noord-Holland
Nationality:
Dutch
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The Formula 1 adventures of Jan Lammers were largely spent struggling to qualify uncompetitive machinery but he enjoyed one day at the sharp end of the grid. That was the 1980 Long Beach Grand Prix when the Dutchman shocked the establishment by qualifying his new ATS D4-Ford in fourth position. However, his moment in the limelight was but brief for the driveshaft failed on the opening lap of the race.

Early racing career

F1 is just part of his story that includes four decades in the sport. An instructor at Zandvoort as a teenager, he started racing in saloons – winning the national title in 1973 and 1976 – before switching to Formula Ford 1600. It was in Formula 3 that Lammers emerged as a driver to watch. His Roger Heavens-entered Ralt RT1-Toyota won four times as Lammers edged Anders Olofsson to win the 1978 European F3 Championship.

Struggling in Formula 1

With sponsorship from Samson Shag and a resulting garish colour scheme, Lammers jumped into GP racing in 1979. That was with a less-than-competitive Shadow DN9B-Ford and Lammers’ year was without highlight.

He moved to ATS for 1980 but failed to qualify for the first three GPs. The team introduced the new Gustav Brunner-designed D4 chassis at Long Beach and scepticism met that remarkable qualifying performance. Lammers switched to Ensign from the French GP as fulltime replacement for the injured Clay Regazzoni although he continued to struggle to qualify.

He did no better with subsequent short-term opportunities with ATS (in 1981) and Theodore (1982) and Lammers seemed finished with GP racing having finished no higher than ninth in the 1979 Canadian GP.

Successful sports car career

Already racing in the Renault Five Turbo Cup by the end of his initial F1 career, he won the one-make series in 1983 and 1984. He was also establishing himself in sports cars from 1983 when sharing Richard Lloyd’s Porsche 956GTi with Jonathan Palmer. They won at Brands Hatch in 1984 but Lammers made a surprise decision to leave the team immediately before the 1985 Le Mans 24 Hours to race in Champ Cars instead.

He started five races in the 1985 Champ Car World Series and his Forsythe Racing Lola T800-Cosworth finished fifth at Laguna Seca and led at Miami before spinning. He continued his sporadic open-wheel racing career by finishing third in the 1986 Macau F3 race and winning a round of the following year’s Japanese Formula 3000 Championship.

Le Mans winner for Jaguar

But it was with Jaguar’s sports car team that Lammers would star. He made his debut for Tom Walkinshaw’s team in 1985 and was John Watson’s fulltime co-driver for 1987. They won three times that year as they finished as world championship runners-up behind team-mate Raul Boesel. Victory in both the Daytona and Le Mans 24-hour races followed in 1988 – the latter Jaguar’s first victory in the French classic since 1957.

He left Jaguar to race in the Japanese F3000 Championship in 1991 before making a surprise F1 return for the final two GPs of 1992. He hoped to continue with the March team in 1993 but it closed down before the new season. His final brush with GP racing came in 1995 when he tested the stillborn DAMS F1 car.

Racing for Holland

Unimpressive F3000 outings and a season in British touring cars developing the TWR Volvo during 1994 gave way to another return to endurance racing. He formed Racing for Holland in 2001 and Lammers won the FIA Sportscar Championship in 2002 and 2003 when sharing his Dome S101-Judd with Val Hillebrand and John Bosch respectively.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018/2019 World Endurance Championship
Racing Team Nederland
2 0 0 0 3.5
2017 World Endurance Championship
Racing Team Nederland
1 0 0 0 0
2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Hope Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2008 FIA GT Championship 31st 8
2007 Le Mans Endurance Series 33rd 3
2006 Le Mans Endurance Series 23rd 6
2006 Grand Prix Masters
Grand Prix Masters
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series
Howard-BOSS Motorsports
1 0 1 1 0
2005 Grand Prix Masters
Grand Prix Masters
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2005 Le Mans Endurance Series 30th 3
2003 FIA Sportscar Championship 1st -
2003 FIA Sportscar Championship
Racing For Holland
3 2 3 3 1st 0
2002 FIA World Sportscar Championship
Racing For Holland
3 3 3 3 1st 30
2001 FIA World Sportscar Championship
Racing For Holland
1 0 1 1 10
1995 FIA International F3000 Championship
Vortex Motorsport
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1993 FIA International F3000 Championship
Il Barone Rampante
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3
1992 World Sportscar Championship
Toyota Team TOM's
6 0 2 0 6th 35
1992 F1 World Championship
March F1
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
9 1 2 0 5th 21
1989 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
2 1 2 2 0
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
8 1 1 0 8th 30
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
11 0 3 1 10th 118
1988 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
2 1 2 2 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
10 1 6 3 2nd 102
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
4 0 2 0 19th 27
1986 FIA International F3000 Championship
Eddie Jordan Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Machinists Union Racing
All-American Racers
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 13
1985 World Endurance Championship
GTi Engineering
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
4 0 1 0 26th 16
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Forsythe Racing
Armstrong Mould Racing Team
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 11
1984 World Endurance Championship
GTi Engineering
9 1 3 1 6th 75
1984 Renault Europa Cup 1st -
1983 World Endurance Championship
GTi Engineering
6 0 2 0 7th 43
1983 Renault Europa Cup 1st -
1982 F1 World Championship
Theodore Racing Team
1 (5) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1981 F1 World Championship
Team ATS
2 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 BMW M1 Procar
BMW Nederland
9 2 3 1
12% win rate
4th 69
1980 European F2 Championship
March Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 F1 World Championship
Unipart Racing Team
Team ATS
6 (8) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 World Championship of Makes 1 0 0 0 0
1979 F1 World Championship
Shadow Racing Team
12 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 European F3 Championship
Racing Team Holland
15 (1) 2 9 4
27% win rate
1st 71 (72)
1977 European F3 Championship
Hawke Racing Cars
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
0