BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Philippe Adams
Nationality
Born 19 November 1969, Mouscron
Died
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1988 British Vauxhall Lotus Bowman Racing ? ? ? 3 ? ? 7th
1989 Lucas British Formula 3 Bowman Racing 16 1 1 2 0 23 6th
1990 British Formula 3 Bowman Racing 17 0 0 2 0 25 6th
1991 Japanese Touring Car
Japanese Formula 3000
Japanese Formula 3
Auto Tech BMW
CSK Racing
Regal Active Motorsport
2
2
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
20
0
9
47th
NC
12th
1992 British Formula 3
Masters of Formula 3
Bowman Racing
Alan Docking Racing
16
1
2
0
3
0
6
0
2
0
56
0
2nd
9th
1993 British Formula 2 Madgwick International 6 4 5 5 6 45 1st
1994 Belgian Touring Car
ADAC Tourenwagen
Belgian Audi Club
Belgian Audi Club
13
1
1
0
7
0
9
0
5
0
84
6
2nd
16th
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Best Finish Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
2 2 0 25/28 16th 0 0 0 1
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1994 Belgian Grand Prix 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1994 Team Lotus 109 Mugen Honda 3.0 V10 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1995 Belgian Procar Belgian VW Audi Club 12 3 4 8 6 66 3rd
1996 Global GT Championship V de V Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC

Philippe Adams, Lotus Mugen-Honda 109 - 1994 Belgian Grand Prix


Biography

This little-known Belgian was a distant runner-up to Gil de Ferran in the 1992 British F3 series and went on to trounce the following year’s British F2 championship against less-than-stellar opposition.

His motorsport record was actually pretty decent, and in 1994 he was one of the frontrunning drivers in Belgium’s Procar championship, even winning the support race for the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, where he would also make his F1 debut.

His opportunity came with a desperate Team Lotus – by now well and truly heading for oblivion – who were more than happy to bring Adams on board for his home Grand Prix (replacing Alex Zanardi) in exchange for the $500,000 Adams’ backers were apparently bringing to the table.

Despite his commendable efforts in the tin-top scene, Adams was well and truly out of his depth in Formula 1 machinery. He scraped onto the grid in 26th position after a multitude of practice spins and crashes.

Race officials didn’t care when he lined up on the wrong grid slot for the race, and Adams was out after just 16 laps when he spun while being lapped by the leaders.

He returned to the Team Lotus line-up for the Portuguese Grand Prix, qualifying one spot better than his Belgian effort and trundling home in 16th place, four laps adrift and suffering from fatigued neck muscles.

Despite being contracted for the following Grand Prix at Jerez, Adams’ services were not called upon again after alleged non-payment from his sponsors. He dropped from sight into national saloon car categories, where he has had little major success since.

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