Tom Belso

Denmark’s first-ever Grand Prix racer, Tom Belsø, today celebrates his 69th birthday.

Tom Belso, 1974 SwedenBorn in Copenhagen, Belsø started in touring cars before graduating to Formula 2 in 1972 and Formula 5000 in 1973.

His first F1 outing came with Frank Williams’ Iso Marlboro team at the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix, but he was unable to start when his sponsorship  money didn’t arrive in time.

He returned with the team for a further four outings in 1974: his car failing on the opening lap in South Africa and failing to qualify at the next round in Spain. His best finish of eighth place came at the Swedish Grand Prix, before he registered another DNQ at the British Grand Prix.

[Images via ASAG, F1 Rejects, Motor Racing Retro]

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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.