Gaillard Patrick Gaillard, 1979 French Grand Prix  

Full Name: Patrick Gaillard
Nationality: French
Born: 12 February 1952, Paris (FRA)

First GP: 1979 French Grand Prix
Last GP: 1979 Dutch Grand Prix

Entries: 5 Grands Prix: 2 Non-starts: 3
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 13th Best Grid: 23rd
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 1

1978 European Formula 3, Chevron Toyota, 2 wins, 3rd overall
1979 Formula 1, Ensign Cosworth V8 N179, 5 entries, 3 DNQ, 2 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1980 Formula 1 (Non-Championship), Ensign Cosworth V8 N180, 1 race

A graduate of Formule Super Renault, Paris-born Gaillard made his name in Formula 3 with a Chevron, finishing third overall in the 1978 European championship, claiming two wins.

He graduated to Formula 2 in 1979, but his Formula 1 opportunity came when Derek Daly vacated his seat at Ensign mid-season.

Making his debut on home soil at Dijon, Gaillard struggled in the awful-handling N179, and he only made the grid on two occasions in five attempts. He was replaced by Marc Surer before the year was out.

With no full-time ride in the offing, he made one more appearance at the 1980 Spanish Grand Prix, which was stripped of its World Championship. He finished sixth, driving Ensign’s considerably better N180, although he was the last of the runners to see the chequered flag in a race of high attrition.

Thereafter, he enjoyed the occasional outings in Formula 2, CanAm, sports cars and the 24 Hours of Le Mans before he retired from competition. He later went on to become a racing instructor.

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