Name Brian Henton
|Entries 37 (19 starts)|
Role Racing driver
|Born 19 September 1946 (age 69) (1946-09-19) |
Teams Lotus, non-works March, Boro, Toleman, Arrows, Tyrrell
Similar People Derek Daly, Rupert Keegan, Jim Crawford, Dave Morgan, Tommy Byrne
Active years 1975, 1977, 1981–1982
F1c VB AS - F1 1977 Brian Henton - Fuji
F1 classic Arrows FIA Historic formula one
Brian Henton (born 19 September 1946 in Castle Donington, Leicestershire) is a former racing driver from England. He won both 1974 British Formula Three Championships and the 1980 European Formula Two Championship. He participated in 38 Formula One grands prix, debuting on 19 July 1975, but never scored any championship points.
- F1c VB AS F1 1977 Brian Henton Fuji
- F1 classic Arrows FIA Historic formula one
- Complete European Formula Two Championship results
- Complete Formula One World Championship results
Henton (nicknamed "Superhen" in the British racing press) came from a modest council house background and did not start racing until he was 23. On winning the minor British Formula Vee championship in 1971, ever-conscious of the value of public relations, he announced that he was going to be World Champion. This aim eluded him, but he enjoyed a successful career in Formula Three and Formula Two.
Henton's F1 debut came in 1975 for Lotus, theoretically a good drive but the team was in turmoil with the Lotus 72 finally uncompetitive and its replacement the Lotus 76 a failure, so nothing concrete was achieved. Between 1975 and 1978 he mixed Formula One and Formula Two drives (including a spell in a private March for his own British Formula One Racing Team), never quite establishing himself in either category, but clinched the 1980 F2 championship for Toleman, who took him into F1 for 1981. The first Toleman-Hart was something of a disaster, overweight and underdeveloped, and Henton only managed to qualify once. Unfruitful outings for Arrows and Tyrrell in 1982 led to no more success.
Following his retirement from the sport, he returned to running a car dealership and later moved into property development and in recent years has diversified into other areas, notably engineering. He has occasionally driven at historic events and holds equestrian events at his home in Ingarsby Hall, Leicestershire.
Complete European Formula Two Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Complete Formula One World Championship results