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Bernardus Marinus "Ben" Pon (born 9 December 1936 and died 30 September 2019) was a Dutch racing driver and Olympian. He raced in the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort in a privateer Porsche provided by Ecurie Maarsbergen, owned by his personal friend Carel Godin de Beaufort. His Formula One career lasted only two laps due to an accident.

Pon is most well known for his sports car career. However, after finishing first in class in a Porsche at the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans, he entered the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix. He used a Porsche 787 thanks to his friendship with fellow driver Carel Godin de Beaufort, who owned a team.

On the third lap of the race, Pon spun off the circuit and flipped his car. He was ejected from the car. Although he was not seriously hurt in the accident, he vowed never to race single-seater cars again, a promise he stuck to.

He continued in sports cars, racing a variety of Porsche cars. In 1965, he finished second in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two years later, he finished first in class in his final participation in the race.

After retiring from motorsport, he represented the Netherlands at the 1972 Summer Olympics in clay pigeon shooting. He finished 31st in the event.


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1962 Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 0 NC

Career Statistics[]

Entries 1
Starts 1
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 2
Distance Raced 8 km (5 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1962 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 0 NC
Ret
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols

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