14 Facts About Bas Leinders


Bas Leinders was born on 16 July 1975 in Bree and is a retired professional racing driver from Belgium.

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Bas Leinders was a Formula One test and reserve driver in 2004 for the Minardi F1 team, taking part in the Friday practice sessions during Grand Prix weekends, making 17 appearances in all.

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Bas Leinders is a former British Formula Ford and German Formula Three champion, winning the titles in 1995 and 1998 respectively.

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Bas Leinders started his career in karting, winning his very first race.

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In 1992 Bas Leinders was an official works driver for the Italian Tony Kart outfit.

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Bas Leinders was not only crowned Benelux Champion but he obtained the pole position at the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at his first participation, later becoming European and British Formula Ford Champion.

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Bas Leinders obtained his best F3000 results in 2001, finishing second twice behind Tomas Enge and Justin Wilson respectively.

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In 2002 and 2003 Bas Leinders competed in the World Series by Nissan, he finished third in the Championship on both occasions.

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Bas Leinders was pre-selected several times by journalists for the title "Belgian Sportsman of the Year".

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Bas Leinders was crowned "Champion of Belgium" in 2001 by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium, the award presented by Crown-prince of Belgium, Prince Philippe.

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From 2005, Bas Leinders was a regular racer in the FIA GT Championship with Belgian Racing, driving a Belgian-built Gillet Vertigo.

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Bas Leinders finished the season in 14th place in the standings with two Top 5 finishes, one at Brands Hatch and one at Le Mans.

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In 2016, Bas Leinders became sporting manager of the McLaren GT factory programme and team manager of Garage 59.

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Bas Leinders has worked as color analyst at Formula One broadcasts on Telenet's Play Sports.

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