André Wicky

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Date of Birth : May 22 1928
Deceased : May  14 2016

Biography André Wicky

André Wicky (born 22 May 1928) was a Swiss racing driver, active from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Mainly involved in sports car racing, as an entrant and team owner as well as a driver. However André Wickyalso took part in several non-championship Formula One races during the 1960s.

André Wicky entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960 and 1961 with an AC Ace, with a victory in the  the 2.0 GT class as a result in 1960. When he returned to Le Mans in 1966, he uninterruptedly drove Porsches in the Le Mans 24 Hours till 1975. He started his own race team, the Wicky Racing Team  in 1969. Not only was he the team owner, he was one of the pilots  for his own team His best overall result was 17th in 1971, driving a Porsche 908. The same year, Walter Brun finished seventh in a Wicky Porsche. Occasionally Wicky campaigned other marques besides Porsche; in 1974 he entered a BMW 3.0CSL for Brun, although it retired after one lap, and a De Tomaso Pantera for Max Cohen-Olivar and Philippe Carron.

From 1961, he occasionally drove Formula One races, first with a Cooper T53. Not exactly a success as the Cooper T53 suffered engine problems in every race it was entered by the Wicky Racing Team. At the 1963 Mediterranean Grand Prix, he drove a Lotus 24 for Scuderia Filipinetti, and achieved his best Formula One result of ninth from 11th on the grid. He subsequently bought the Lotus and entered it in the next two Syracuse Grands Prix, but found little success with the car, only able to repeat his ninth-place finish in the 1965 race.