Peter Westbury

Born:
26th May 1938
Roehampton, London
Died:
7th December 2015 (Aged 77)
Scarborough, Tobago
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Peter Westbury founded Felday Engineering in 1963 and introduced the self-built Daimler V8-powered car with which he won that year’s British Hillclimb Championship. The Felday-Daimler was replaced by the four-wheel-drive Formula 1 Ferguson P99 for 1964 and Westbury retained his title in dominant fashion.

Competing less as he established his company, Westbury switched to circuit racing with a Formula 3 Brabham BT21-Ford. Victory at Chimay in 1967 and 1968 were among his wins before Westbury graduated to Formula 2 in 1969.

Westbury’s privately-entered Brabham BT30-Cosworth started all 15 races that season. Second in the Monza Lotteria, he won a minor race at the Munich-Neubiberg airfield against a field that included a young Ronnie Peterson. Westbury finished second again at Vallelunga to clinch fifth equal in the 1969 European F2 Championship.

Grand Prix debut

He also drove the car in the 1969 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring – qualifying and finishing fifth in the F2 class. A full Formula 1 attempt followed in the 1970 United States GP at Watkins Glen when entered in a fourth BRM P153. However, his engine failed during qualifying and Westbury did not make the field.

Two more F2 seasons included a fourth place finish at Brands Hatch in 1971 and second on the grid at Monza a year later. He started the Le Mans 24 Hours for the only time in 1972 but his Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 365 GTB4 retired after nine hours. His season petered out and Westbury retired from racing in 1973 to concentrate on running his business.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1972 European F2 Trophy
FIRST
5 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1972 World Championship of Makes
Maranello Concessionaires
1 0 0 0 0
1972 John Player British F2 Championship
FIRST
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 European F2 Trophy
FIRST
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 5
1971 International Championship of Makes
Ecurie Filipinetti
1 0 0 0 2
1970 F1 World Championship
Yardley Team BRM
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1970 European F2 Trophy
FIRST
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
9th 7
1969 F1 World Championship
Felday Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 European F2 Trophy
FIRST
7 0 1 0
0% win rate
5th 11
1969 Guards F5000 Championship
FIRST
1 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
17th 350