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The short story of Leoni's FIRST racing team...


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#1 bigears

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 17:12

After we have chuckled at the farcial Life Racing team we are going to roll back to the original builders of the car.

It was Lamberto Leoni's FIRST Racing team that was running a F3000 team in the late 1980s and decided to dip into Formula One and built his own car in hopes to enter the 1989 F1 season.

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Motoring News 1st September 1988.

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Autosport 8th September 1988.

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Motoring News 14th September 1988.

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Motoring News 2nd November 1988.

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Motoring News 16th November 1988.

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Motoring News 23rd November 1988.

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Motoring News 30th November 1988.

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Motoring Nes 7th December 1988.

Lamberto Leoni was in London again this week, having overseen a successful crash test of his First 189 at Cranfield the previous week. THis time he was off to see March, but our spies tell us he also had talks with Julian Bailey...


Motoring News 21st December 1988.

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The FISA released its proposed entry list for the 1989 Formula One season:

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Motoring News 5th January 1989.

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Motoring News 11th January 1989.

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The FISA releases its final entry list for the 1989 season:

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Motoring News 8th February 1989.

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Motoring News 1st March 1989.

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Motoring News 15th March 1989.

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Autosport 29th June 1989.

Then the story of Life begins!

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#2 brickyard

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 17:40

The FISA releases its final entry list for the 1989 season:

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40 entries, now, that's a proper Formula One entry list. There's enough cars to race in two actual championships. :cry:

#3 ensign14

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 00:06

A lap or so in a domestic Italian event...is that the most fleetingly ghostly career ever for a Formula 1 car that actually raced? Maybe the AJB?

#4 COUGAR508

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:42

That F1 entry list from 1989 clears up a little query of mine. They seem to have decided fairly late in the day to just have a single entry. Some magazines were listing Julian Bailey in the number 2 car just a few weeks before the start of that season.

In the event, First's withdrawal freed Tarquini to join AGS, where he produced some excellent drives.

#5 HistoryFan

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 12:21

Very interesting!

#6 Graham Clayton

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:16

Did Julian Bailey travel to all 16 Grands Prix of the 1989 season at his own expense?