Duncan Hamilton

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James Duncan Hamilton (born 30 April 1920 in Cork, Ireland, died 13 May 1994 in Sherborne) was a British racing driver. A World War II veteran, Hamilton's post-War racing success was largely in sportscars, although he was better known for his larger-than-life personality and antics. While his greatest success was a legendary victory at the 1953 24 Hours of le Mans, his loyalty to British teams delayed his single-seater success. After a dry spell with the Royal Racing Automobile Company, he returned to Formula 1 with Irish Racing Cars, convinced by the team's atmosphere and his friend Desmond Titterington. Unused to the car, he nonetheless proved a competent hand, and he scored 8 points. When the team folded at the end of the season, he signed for Vanwall.

In 1960 he published an autobiography entitled Touch Wood, which has been met with great praise, Chris Evans calling it "the best book ever." It can be purchased on Amazon.

Complete Alternate Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.
1953 Royal Racing Automobile Company Maserati AM53 Maserati 200F 2.0 L6 MON
DNPQ
NED
DNPQ
BEL
DNQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
Ret
SUI
DNQ
ITA
DNPQ
USA
16
NC 0
1954 Royal Racing Automobile Company Bentley 53C Mercedes-Benz UM153 4.5 V10 MON FRA
DNPQ
BEL NED
DNPQ
GBR SUI
DNPQ
GER USA ITA NC 0
1956 Irish Racing Cars Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 2.5 V8 MON
5
FRA
Ret
BEL GER GDR
DNP
IRL
Ret
SCO
4
GBR
4
ITA
Ret
THA 12th 8

* denotes season still in progress