John Zimmer

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John Zimmer
Nationality Flag of Australia svg.png Australian
Born 28th January 1969
Blacktown, NSW, Australia
F1RGP2C
Debut Season 1994
Latest Season 1998
Current Team Mild Seven Benetton Playlife
Car Number 5
Former Teams None
Races 77
Championships 1 (1995)
Victories 12
Podiums 25
Points 233
Pole Positions 16
Fastest Laps 16
First Race 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
First Victory 1994 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Victory 1996 British Grand Prix
Last Race 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix
Best Finish 1st (1995)
F1RWRS
Debut Season 2011
Latest Season 2015
Current Team N/A
Car Number N/A
Former Teams ZimSport
Team Calinetic
HRT
Races 35 (15 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 1
Podiums 2
Points 31
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
First Race 2011 Bavarian Grand Prix
First Victory 2011 New South Wales Grand Prix
Last Victory 2011 New South Wales Grand Prix
Last Race 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix
Best Finish 14th (2011)


John Zimmer (born 28th January 1969) is an Australian racing driver who won the F1RGP2C in 1995, and has competed in the F1RWRS and various touring car categories around the world. He is known for running the international motorsport team, ZimSport.

Racing career

Zimmer first started racing in 1982, at the age of thirteen, being fairly successful. At sixteen, he advanced to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning the championship in 1988. That year, he went to Britain to compete in the Formula Ford Festival, finishing 6th, and decided to stay there to compete in the British Formula Ford championship. He ended the year in 8th, finishing fourth at the Festival. He then entered the British F3 series, first in his own car and then driving for Alan Docking Racing, finishing fifth in 1991. He won the BF3 championship in 1992, as well as the Macau Grand Prix in his second attempt. His performances got him noticed by F3000 team Forti Corse, who signed him up for the 1993. After a fairly solid performance, he was signed to compete in the new F1RGP2C for Benetton. He did well in the 1994 championship, winning his first race at Monaco, before losing the championship to Jack Christopherson at the final race when his engine blew. In 1995, he became the seatholder for Benetton, and won 7 races on his way to championship victory, beating Williams driver Daniel Moreno by 5 points. However, despite two successful seasons, Zimmer had yet to win the Australian Grand Prix, his home race, after mechanical failures both times put him out despite starting from pole on both occasions. In 1996 however, with the race moving to Melbourne and the start of the year, Zimmer didn't take pole but managed to win the race, but it was one of only two wins that year. Zimmer had sacked his previous teammate Kazuhiko Takagi in favour of Andrew Spokes, who Zimmer planned to turn into a champion. Spokes finished third in the championship with Zimmer fourth.

Complete results

F1RGP2C

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Pts
1994 Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford ECA Zetec-R BRA
Ret
PAC
Ret
SMR
3
MON
1
ESP
1
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
1
BEL
5
ITA
2
POR
Ret
EUR
1
JPN
Ret
AUS
8*
2nd 58
1995 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 BRA
1
ARG
1
SMR
2
MON
Ret
ESP
1
CAN
4
FRA
3
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
1
BEL
Ret
ITA
1
POR
1
EUR
2
JPN
2
PAC
Ret
AUS
Ret
1st 95
1996 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B196 Renault RS8 AUS
1
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
LUX
4
SMR
4
MON
2
ESP
3
CAN
4
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
4
BEL
5
ITA
7*
JPN
9
4th 44
1997 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault RS9 AUS
4
BRA
Ret
ARG
5
SMR
10
MON
Ret
ESP
7
CAN
8
USA
7
FRA
2
GBR
6
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
6
AUT
4
JPN
Ret
10th 16
1998 Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 AUS
3
BRA
5
ARG
5
SMR
9
ESP
7
MON
4
CAN
Ret
GBR
4
USA
3
FRA
5
AUT
Ret
GER
17
HUN
Ret
BEL ITA JPN 6th* 20*

F1CC

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Pts
1997 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas SPE-01 Goodyear AUS
5
BRA
7
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
GER
6
HUN
9
BEL
Ret
ITA
10
AUT
9
LUX
5
JPN
7
EUR
11
20th 6
1998 West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-13 Mercedes FO110G Bridgestone AUS
8
BRA
3
ARG
4
SMR
7
ESP
Ret
MON
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
3
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
7
BEL
8
ITA
8
LUX
5
JPN
10
11th 15
1999 Lucky Strike Reynard Racing Reynard 001 Toyota Bridgestone AUS
Ret
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
MON
12
ESP
C
CAN
C
USA
C
MEX
C
GBR
C
FRA
C
GER
C
AUT
C
HUN
C
BEL
C
EUR
C
ITA
C
MAL
C
PAC
C
JPN
C
NC 0

* F1CC collapsed after the qualifying session of the 1999 F1CC Spanish GP.

RTCC

Year Entrant Car Cl. # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Pts
1998 Kickert Motorsport Engineering Holden Vectra I 31 SIL
1
8
SIL
2
13
DON
1
24
DON
2
2
5th 33
2015 ZimSport Holden Vectra I 031 ORA
1

12
ORA
2
20
KNO
1
9
KNO
2
14
SAN
1
Ret
SAN
2
10
SPA
1
7
SPA
2
14
SUZ
1
SUZ
2
LIE
1
LIE
2
12th 30

F1RWRS

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
2011 Fwifwi-Holden Racing ZimSport FHR1 Holden HSV LS3 BAV
19
GER
DNPQ
SAX
DNPQ
LUX
5*
BEL
7
=14th 26
NAB-Holden Racing Team Holden HRT-001 Holden HSV LS3 GBR
DNPQ
ENG
DNPQ
KEN
DNPQ
NED
10
TAS
DNPQ
AUS
4
NSW
1
SUR
Ret
CHN
INJ
USA
14
2013 Team Calinetic Calinetic CAL4 Ford HB I TAS AUS MEX
6
USA
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
NED
DNPQ
BEL
13*
POR
DNPQ
20th 5
Holden F1RWRS Racing Team Holden HRT-003 Holden HSV L12-1 MED
3
MAC
Ret
CHN
9
JPN
DNQ
BRA
2015 Valvoline Holden Racing Team Holden HRT-005 Holden LSF1 TAS AUS MED MON MEX USA CAN GBR GER
DNPQ
BEL
9
AUT
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
SEA
DNPQ
CHN
Ret
JPN
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
=23rd 0

Career Summary

Year Series Team Pos.
1982 Australian Rookie Karting Independent 7th
1983 Australian Rookie Karting Independent 2nd
1984 Australian Rookie Karting Independent 1st
1985 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series ZimSport 17th
1986 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series ZimSport 10th
1987 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series ZimSport 5th
1988 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series ZimSport 1st
Formula Ford Festival ZimSport 6th
1989 British Formula Ford ZimSport 8th
Formula Ford Festival ZimSport 4th
1990 British F3 ZimSport 17th
1991 British F3 Alan Docking Racing 5th
Macau Grand Prix Alan Docking Racing 3rd
1992 British F3 Alan Docking Racing 1st
Macau Grand Prix Alan Docking Racing 1st
1993 International Formula 3000 Forti Corse 8th
1994 International Formula 3000 Forti Corse 16th
F1RGP2C Benetton 2nd
1995 F1RGP2C Benetton 1st
1996 F1RGP2C Benetton 4th
1997 F1RGP2C Benetton 10th
1998 F1RGP2C Benetton 3rd*
2011 F1RWRS ZimSport 15th
NAB-Holden Racing Team
2013 F1RWRS Team Calinetic 20th
Holden F1RWRS Racing Team
2015 F1RWRS Valvoline Holden Racing Team =23rd