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David Charles Purley, GM (26 January 1945 – 2 July 1985) was a British Formula One racing driver, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in 1973.

Purley is known for being heroic during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix, as he stopped his car and tried to save his countryman Roger Williamson, who was unable to saved after his car had a massive crash and set on fire, eventually killing him. For his attempted heroism, Purley was given the George Medal.

After his racing career ended, Purley went in to professional aerobatics. But he was killed when his specially modified biplane crashed into the English Channel, offshore from his home town.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team Points WDC Pos. Report
1973 United Kingdom LEC Refrigeration Racing March-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1974 United Kingdom Token Racing Token-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1977 United Kingdom LEC Refrigeration Racing LEC-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1973 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil (1968–1992) Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
Ret DNS Ret 15th 9th
1974 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
DNQ
1977 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Japan 0 NC
DNQ 13th 14th Ret DNPQ


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap
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1973 Teams and Drivers
Teams Brabham • BRM • Ensign • Ferrari • Iso-Marlboro • Lotus • March • McLaren • Shadow • Surtees • Tecno • Tyrrell
Engines BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Tecno
Non-works Entrants Blignaut Lucky Strike Racing • Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing • Embassy Racing • Hesketh Racing • Hexagon of Highgate • LEC Refrigeration Racing • Scribante Lucky Strike Racing • Team Pierre Robert
Drivers De Adamich • Ahrens • Amon • Andretti • Attwood • Bell • Beltoise • Bonnier • Brabham • Brack • Charlton • Clark • Courage • Elford • Gardner • Gurney • Hart • Hahne • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Love • McLaren • Moser • Oliver • Pease • Pescarolo • Pretorius • Redman • Rindt • Rodríguez • Van Rooyen • Scarfiotti • Schlesser • Servoz-Gavin • Siffert • Solana • Spence • Stewart • Surtees • Tingle • Unser • Widdows
1974 Teams and Drivers
Teams Amon · Brabham · BRM · Ensign · Ferrari · Hesketh · Iso-Marlboro · Lola · Lotus · Lyncar · Maki · March · McLaren · Parnelli · Penske · Shadow · Surtees · Token · Trojan · Tyrrell
Engines BRM · Ferrari · Ford Cosworth
Non-Work Entrants AAW Racing Team · Allied Polymer Group · Blignaut Embassy Racing · Embassy Racing with Graham Hill · Dempster International Racing Team · John Goldie Racing with Hexagon · Pinch Plant Ltd. · Scribante Lucky Strike Racing · Scuderia Finotto · Team Canada F1 Racing · Team Gunston · The Chequered Flag
Drivers 1 Peterson · 2 Ickx · 3 J. Scheckter · 4 Depailler · 5 Fittipaldi · 6/56 Hulme · 7 Reutemann · 8/20 Robarts · 8/22 von Opel · 8/22 von Opel · 8/18/34 Pace · 9 Stuck · 9 Wisell · 10/25 Ganley · 10 Brambilla · 11 Regazzoni · 12 Lauda · 14 Beltoise · 15 Pescarolo · 15/22/30 Amon · 16 Revson · 16 Redman · 16 Roos · 16/42 Pryce · 17 Jarier · 18/19 Dolhem · 18 Bell · 19/33 Mass · 19/21 Jabouille · 19/32 Koinigg · 20 Merzario · 21 Belsø · 21 van Lennep · 21 van Lennep · 21 Laffite · 22 Schuppan · 22/25/35 Wilds · 23 Charlton · 23 Charlton · 23/29/31/41 Schenken · 23/43/44 Kinnunen · 24 Hunt · 26 Hill · 27 Edwards · 27 Gethin · 27 Stommelen · 28 Watson · 29 Nicholson · 29/31 I. Scheckter · 30 Driver · 30 Perkins · 31 Facetti · 32 Keizan · 32/35/42 Ashley · 42 Purley · 43 Larrousse · 50 Wietzes · 55 Andretti · 66 Donohue · 208 Lombardi
1977 Teams and Drivers
Teams ApollonBoroBrabhamBRMEnsignFerrariFittipaldiHeskethKojimaLECLigierLotusMarchMcGuireMcLarenPenskeRenaultShadowSurteesTyrrellWolf
Engines Alfa RomeoBRMFerrariFord CosworthMatraRenault
Non-Works Entrants ATS Racing TeamBritish Formula One Racing TeamChesterfield RacingHeros Racing CorporationIberia AirlinesInterscope RacingJolly Club of SwitzerlandMelchester RacingMeiritsu Racing TeamRAM RacingRAM Racing/F&S PropertiesTeam MerzarioTheodore Racing Hong KongWilliams Grand Prix Engineering
Drivers 1 Hunt • 2 Mass • 3 Peterson • 4 Depailler • 5 Andretti • 6 Nilsson • 7 Watson • 8 Pace8/10 Stuck • 9 Ribeiro10 I. Scheckter10/38 Henton • 11 Lauda11/21/40 Villeneuve • 12 Reutemann • 14/18 Perkins14 Ongais • 15 Jabouille • 16 Pryce16/17 Zorzi16 Oliver16/37 Merzario16/27/34 Jarier17 Jones18/33/35 Binder18/23 Tambay18 Schuppan18 Leoni • 19 Brambilla • 20 J. Scheckter21 Francia • 22 Regazzoni22 Ickx • 24 Keegan • 25 Ertl25/39 Rebaque25/39 Ashley • 26 Laffite • 28 Fittipaldi • 29 Hoffmann • 30 Lunger • 31 Purley • 32 Kozarowitzky32 Bleekemolen33 Hayje33 Sutcliffe35 Heyer • 36 de Villota38 de Dryver • 41 Kessel • 44 Trimmer • 45 McGuire • 50 Takahashi • 51 Takahara • 52 Hoshino
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