Former Grand Prix driver Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Acheson will be celebrating his 54th birthday today!
Born in Northern Ireland, Acheson enjoyed a spectacular rise in the junior formulae: after making his Formula Ford debut in 1976, he was winning the Grovewood Award in Formula 3 in 1980.
His progress was briefly interrupted by a broken leg he sustained in a Formula 2 crash at Pau.
Perhaps this was the precursor to his all-too-short F1 career, spent trying to qualify the hopeless RAM over two part-seasons in 1983 and 1985. He qualified just three times in ten attempts, only seeing the chequered flag once.
His post-F1 career would of course demonstrate the promise he so clearly had: he switched to sports car racing and won the All-Japan title in 1987 driving a Porsche 962, and later finished third at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans in a factory Jaguar.
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