Pieter Kickert

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Pieter Kickert
Nationality Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dutch
Born 12 February 1971
Haarlem, the Netherlands
Life GP Series
Debut Season 1991
Latest Season 1992
Current Team KME
Car Number 16
Former Teams FGCR
Races 44
Championships 0
Victories 2
Podiums 7
Points 61.5
Pole Positions 1
Fastest Laps 2
First Race 1991 Life Gran Premio de España
First Victory 1991 Life Großer Preis von Luxemburg
Last Victory 1992 Life Gran Premio de España
Last Race 1993 Life Großer Preis von Österreich
Best Finish 4th (1991) (ongoing)
F1RGP2C
Debut Season 1994
Latest Season 1997
Current Team N/A
Car Number N/A
Former Teams Tyrrell, Sauber, Williams
Races 63
Championships 0
Victories 1
Podiums 9
Points 66
Pole Positions 2
Fastest Laps 2
First Race 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
First Victory 1997 British Grand Prix
Last Victory 1997 British Grand Prix
Last Race 1997 Italian Grand Prix
Best Finish 11th (1996)


Pieter Kickert (born 12th February 1971) is a Dutch racing car driver famous for his F1RGP2C career and his strong racing ability in touring cars.

Early Career

Kickert started out racing at 14 when he entered races at his local track, Zandvoort, and as he showed his talent he earned enough money to relocate to Britain and compete in the British F3 in 1989, at age 18. He was fairly competitive that year, and won a few races in 1990.

LGPS

In 1991, Kickert entered the new Life GP Series, buying his own car to compete. However, he overestimated the reliability of the car, and bought too few spare parts. After several mechanical failures left him with no money, he announced that he was going to leave the series until a more professional team, Foster's Good Call Racing, offered him a drive in one of their cars. Kickert gave them what little money he had left, and in just his second race for the team, the Belgian GP, he finished second. Two races later, he won his first race, the Luxembourg GP, after it was red-flagged because of a track invasion. Afterwards, he gained a reputation for being stubborn, as he completed the majority of the European GP without a front wing, still scoring points, and the Portuguese GP stuck in first gear, but was not classified.

F1RGP2C

In 1994, he was picked up by Tyrrell to race in the inaugural season of the F1RGP2C. Partnered with Poppy Whitechapel, the Tyrrel was very unreliable, and Kickert's best result was a 5th place at the first race of the year at Interlagos. He would only score two more points finishes, with 6th places in Canada and Belgium.
At the end of the year, he jumped ship and went to Sauber for 1995, where he did slightly better. He matched his best finish of fifth in Argentina, then took a career best fourth at Belgium, the closest place he had to a home race. However, he wouldn't score any more points until almost a year later, at the 1996 British Grand Prix, matching his best. At Japan, he would score his first podium, finishing second in a chaotic race.
This fantastic result, as well as a series of strong drives throughout the year, earnt him the second Williams seat for 1997 in the place of retiring Pippa Mann. He knew that partnering champion Daniel Moreno would be tough, but with a competitive car and a supportive environment, he knew he could do well. His season started strong, taking pole at Australia and scoring podiums in Brazil and San Marino.
It wasn't until Britain that he won a race however, in what was his 6th podium from 10 races. However, his relationship with the team fell apart after Hungary. Despite finishing third in the race, Williams announced he would be replaced by Andrew Spokes in 1998. Kickert was completely unaware that he was about to be snubbed, and the team did not give him a reason as to why.
Things came to a head at the Italian GP at Monza. Kickert was leading the race from Moreno, when the team told him to let the Canadian through to help him beat Tom Douglas in the championship. Kickert refused, and on lap 30 Moreno launched a move at the Rettifilo chicane. He outbraked himself however, and collided with Kickert. Moreno didn't finish, while Kickert lost the lead to Damon Cannon as a result, and would finish second. The team announced shortly after the race that Kickert was fired with immediate effect, and he couldn't find a drive for the last two races.


Complete Life GP Series Results

Year Entrant # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
1991 Kickert Motorsport Engineering 16 ESP
Ret
AND
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
AUT
Ret
CZE
Ret
GER
4
4th 29
Foster's Good Call Racing 9 SWE
Ret
BEL
2
SUI
Ret
LUX
1
EUR
5
GBR
Ret
ENG
Ret
POR
NC
USE
3
USW
Ret
JPN
4
1992 Foster's Good Call Racing 9 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
1
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
AUT
Ret
CZE
Ret
FIN
3
GER
Ret
SUI
Ret
BEL
Ret
NED
INJ
ENG
INJ
GBR
INJ
CAN
6
USE
Ret
9th 17.5
Kickert Motorsport Engineering 16 USW
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
6*
1993 Kickert Motorsport Engineering 16 ARG
2
BRA
Ret
VEN
Ret
USA
4
CAN
Ret
IRE
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
POL
Ret
AUT
2
ITA FRA NAM JPN MAS INA NZL AUS MAC 8th* 15*

Complete F1RGP2C Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Pts
1994 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B BRA
5
PAC
Ret
SMR
8
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
6
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
NC
HUN
Ret
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
EUR
9
JPN
Ret
AUS
14
18th 4
1995 Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C14 Ford ECA Zetec-R BRA
Ret
ARG
5
SMR
7
MON
Ret
ESP
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
GER
11
HUN
6
BEL
4
ITA
8
POR
Ret
EUR
8
JPN
Ret
PAC
Ret
AUS
8
12th 7
1996 Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C15 Ford JD Zetec-R AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
9
LUX
Ret
SMR
8
MON
8
ESP
Ret
CAN
8
USA
7
FRA
7
GBR
4
GER
8
HUN
8
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
JPN
2
11th 9
1997 Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 AUS
Ret
BRA
2
ARG
8
SMR
3
MON
Ret
ESP
2
CAN
2
USA
3
FRA
12*
GBR
1
GER
Ret
HUN
3
BEL
Ret
ITA
2
AUT JPN 3rd 46

Complete RTCC Results

Year Entrant Car Cl. # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Pts
1998 Kickert Motorsport Engineering Vauxhall Vectra I 16 SIL
1
Ret
SIL
2
18
DON
1
17
DON
2
16
NC 0
2015 ZimSport Vauxhall Vectra I 032 ORA
1
Ret
ORA
2
14
KNO
1
Ret
KNO
2

3
SAN
1

6
SAN
2

14
SPA
1
Ret
SPA
2

23
SUZ
1
EX
SUZ
2
EX
LIE
1
LIE
2
15th 34