Obituary: Denmark’s first F1 driver Tom Belso 1942-2020

Denmark’s first Formula 1 world championship driver, Tom Belso, has died following a battle with stomach cancer.
His prize was some backing towards a Formula Ford season, so Belso upped sticks to England to race a Hawke.
Formula 5000 proved to be Tom’s metier and he piloted one of Jackie Epstein’s ShellSport/Radio Luxembourg Lola T330s in the Rothmans European championships of 1973 and ’74, winning Snetterton’s round in the latter.
Belso raced British breakfast cereal magnate John Jordan’s Lola T332 as late as 1977 and, identifying a business opportunity, founded a similar company the same year.

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