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Roelof Wunderink

Born
12th December 1948 (Age 72) - Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Nationality
Dutch
Dutch
Years in Database
1
Recent Race
Starts
16 (5)

A resident of The Hague, Roelof Wunderink began his racing career in 1970 with a Group One Simca Rallye saloon. He switched to Formula Ford two years later and won back-to-back Dutch titles in 1972 and 1973 driving a Lotus.

His first experience with Mo Nunn’s Ensign marque was in Formula 3 during 1973 but success was limited. With backing from HB Bewaking, he drove an ex-Teddy Pilette Chevron B24 in the 1974 European Formula 5000 Championship although little marked Wunderink as a future star.

Formula 1 with Ensign

HB’s sponsorship smoothed a move to Formula 1 with Ensign in 1975. He entered the early season non-championship races and finished 10th in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. He retired from his debut in the Spanish Grand Prix before failing to qualify in Monaco.

He then suffered a broken cheekbone and severe facial lacerations after crashing Tony Dean’s F5000 Chevron B24 while testing at Zandvoort. He returned for another four GPs but only qualified in Austria and the United States. The disillusioned Wunderink slipped quietly away from racing at the end of the season.

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

1975

ShellSport 5000 European Championship

Tony Dean

0 (1)

0

0

0

U

0

1975

F1 World Championship

HB Bewaking Team Ensign

3 (3)

0

0

0

U

0

1974

Rothmans European F5000 Championship

HB Bewaking Alarm Systems

10 (1)

0

0

0

21

14

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

1975 Race of Champions

16/03/1975

Brands Hatch

40

10

1975 International Trophy

13/04/1975

Silverstone

40

R

1974 International Trophy

07/04/1974

Silverstone

40

R

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