James Howden Ganley
(born December 24
) is a former racing driver
from New Zealand
. He participated in 41 World Championship Formula One
Grands Prix, debuting on March 6
, scoring a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.
Personal and early life
When he was thirteen years old, he attended the 1955 New Zealand Grand Prix
which inspired him and provided him with an impetus to follow a career in racing. Immediately after leaving school, Ganley became a reporter for the Waikato Times
and wrote a column for Sports Car Illustrated
. He moved to the United Kingdom
in 1961 and pursued a career as a mechanic.
Between 1960 and 1962, Ganley competed in many events throughout New Zealand driving a Lotus Eleven
. Throughout this period, he was earning a living by working as a foreman
for a concreting
In 1970, Ganley finished second to Peter Gethin in the British Formula 5000 championship. This caught the attention of the BRM Formula One team, who signed him to a contract for 1971.
In 1971, Ganley started off the season promisingly with fifth place at the non-championship Race of Champions
. At the end of 1971, having scored two points finishes during the year, Ganley was awarded the Wolfgang von Trips Memorial Trophy
for the best performance by a newcomer to Grand Prix racing.
team had plans to compete in Formula One in 1978, with the Finnish driver Mikko Kozarowitzky
, but the project didn't succeed due to a lack of funding.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
(F1 driver results legend 2
) (Races in bold
indicate pole position)