Geoff Lees, 1979 Geoff Lees, 1980

Former Grand Prix driver Geoff Lees is celebrating his 60th birthday today!

A driver whom many regarded to be among the most professional in the business, Lees had the talent without ever getting a proper crack at the top flight of open-wheel motorsport despite enjoying success in virtually every other championship category he has competed.

Geoff Lees, 1981 A Formula Ford champion in the 1970s, Lees moved quickly into Formula 3 before moving into the Aurora F1 series and Can-Am. He also won the Macau Grand Prix twice.

In between all of this, he took his Grand Prix opportunities when they came about, but he was often saddled with less than competitive (or familiar) machinery and it was a supreme effort to qualify.

Taking the 1981 Formula 2 championship crown wasn’t enough to propel him into F1 full-time, and so Lees moved to Japan where he carved out a successful career in TOM’s Toyota sports car team.

Geoff Lees - Complete F1 Results

[Images via F1-Facts and The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.