Rosenforth Engineering

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Rosenforth
RosenforthLogo.png
Full Name Rosenforth Engineering
Base Milton Keynes, United Kingdon
Founder(s) Jimmy Rosenforth
Team Principal(s) Jimmy Rosenforth, John Zimmer
Technical Director John Zimmer
Current Drivers 20. Flag of the United States svg.png Sandy Grey
21. Flag of Samoa svg.png Iakopo Fuamatu
Other Noted Drivers Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer
Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock
Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister


Rosenforth Engineering is a former racing team that operated in the F1RWRS in 2010 and 2011. The team was well known for being a presence in smaller categories, such as Formula Renault 3.5, the European V6 Touring Car series and the GT Tuning Cup. It was founded by English businessman Jimmy Rosenforth in 1994 and was also an F1-presence from 1997 to 2009.

Beginnings

The team was originally created in 1994, operating out of a factory near Milton Keynes, building several open-wheelers for Dallara, for Formula 3. The team actually entered the British F3 competition in 1995, and in 1996 became a works Nissan team both in Britain and Japanese F3, as part of Nissan's global motorsport expansion. Nissan planned to enter the 1997 Formula One season, and approached Jimmy Rosenforth to build a chassis. The car itself was a decent chassis, however it was let down by its engine that was somewhat underpowered. The partnership between them continued for several years, until 2004, when Nissan pulled out after little success and Rosenforth began to take care of the entire operation.

Prost GP Series

In 2001, Rosenforth entered the new Prost GP Series with backing from Nissan. He drove one of the cars himself, and gave the other seat to F3000 driver Mike Stern. While they were forced to use Prost chassis and Peugeot engines, Nissan was still a major sponsor of the team, but did not wish for full title sponsorship. At the first race of the series, Rosenforth qualified on the second row of the grid and eventually won the race, while Stern also scored points.

F1RWRS

Rosenforth was one of the teams that defected from F1 to the new F1RWRS in 2010. Selling the F1 operation to Red Bull, Jimmy Rosenforth signed Frank Zimmer and Thomas De Bock to drive. Zimmer did well, finishing second in the championship and winning the Australian GP. De Bock, however, finished second last in the championship and only scored in one race. For 2011, the team kept Zimmer, but sacked De Bock and replaced him with former Ferrari driver Phoenix McAllister. The two drivers did not get along well, and after the Belgian GP, tensions boiled over and McAllister left the team. Successfully suing the team, Rosenforth had no option but to sell the team. It was bough by John Zimmer, Frank's brother, and he merged the team with his own operation, ZimSport. They managed to obtain a works deal with Holden, forming HRT.

IRDU Rejects Cup

The Zimmers, now in charge of the team, entered the 2011 LFS Cup. Frank drove one car alongside former F1 world champion Rhys Davies, but with Frank focusing more on the F1RWRS, and Davies on his Williams drive in Formula 1, neither had spectacular results. They entered for 2012, but the series collapsed before they can race.

ZimSport

John Zimmer has since tried to bring the name back into use, by entering the F3RWRS as ZimSport-Rosenforth. He also entered the team as such in the 2014 Rejects of LFS season, even hiring Rosenforth's former GP2 driver, Mike Stern. The team had mildly successful seasons in both categories, and at the end of the year, Rosenforth spoke to Zimmer about using his name. Rosenforth, after touring his old Milton Keynes base with Zimmer, saw that John hadn't sold anything after buying the team, including old chassis, and even keeping most of Rosenforth's workers. Zimmer asked if he'd be willing to join the team and help with the running of ZimSport's European operations, including their various F3 and Formula Ford teams. Rosenforth agreed, and while ZimSport-Rosenforth continued on into the 2015 F3RWRS and RoLFS seasons, Jimmy was allowed to enter the new F1RDS as Rosenforth Engineering, with their historic yellow/white/red livery. However, Rosenforth decided to continue ZimSport's tradition of looking for young Australaisian talent, hiring Aussie Matt Grove and Kiwi James Douglas.

Complete Formula One Constructor Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points CC
1997 Nissan Motorsport Nissan JR97 Nissan VK97F1 AUS BRA MEX SMR EUR POR MON CAN FRA GBR GER BEL ITA ESP JPN PAC 5 9th
9 Flag of Germany svg.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen 14 Ret Ret 11 7 9 10 10 Ret 6 10 8 13 11 Ret 8
10 Flag of Japan svg.png Toranosuke Takagi 15 11 DNQ DNQ
Flag of Argentina svg.png Norberto Fontana 5 Ret 6 8 Ret Ret 13 Ret 6 7 10 Ret
1998 Nissan Motorsport Nissan JR98 Nissan VK98F1 AUS BRA EUR SMR ESP POR MON CAN USA FRA GBR GER BEL ITA JPN PAC 7* =9th*
18 Flag of Argentina svg.png Norberto Fontana 11 9 Ret Ret 12 10 8 10 Ret 7
19 Flag of Australia svg.png Craig Lowndes 16 13 13 Ret 10 13 10
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png David Coulthard 9 10 5

Complete Prost GP Series results

Year Chassis Engine # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points CC
2001 Prost AP03 Peugeot A20 AUS MEX CAN SMR ESP AUT SCO GBR ENG FRA NED GER LUX ITA JPN USA CAL BRA BEL 51* =5th*
26 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jimmy Rosenforth 1 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18 3 9 6 3 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 13
62 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mike Stern 7 Ret Ret 9 12 Ret 9 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret

Complete F1RWRS Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points CC
2010 Rosenforth Engineering Rosenforth RF10 Jaguar AJ-V8 GER LUX SAX CHN TAS BHR BEL GBR AUS 55 4th
4 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock 18 7 18 17 19 13 16 17 19
5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 15 4 2 3 3 8 10 6 1
2011 Rosenforth Engineering Rosenforth RF11 Jaguar AJ-V8 BAV GER SAX LUX BEL GBR ENG KEN NED TAS AUS NSW SUR CHN USA 24 13th
6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 6 9 3 Ret 14
7 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister 8 2 9 Ret 12

Complete IRDU Rejects Cup Results

Year Chassis Engine # Drivers 1 2 NC 3 4 5 6 Points TC
2011 Scaven Hart 830 SOU KYO ASC WES AST BLA FER 9 10th
5 Flag of Australia svg.png Rhys Davies 4 Ret 11 20 13 15
Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer TD TD 6 TD TD TD TD
6 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 19 7 19 11 10 17

Complete F1RDS Results

Year Engine # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Points TC
2015 TOM'S Toyota AUS SMR MON FRA CZE GBR GER BEL ITA NED 68 10th
26 Flag of Australia svg.png Matt Grove 11 13 12 5 10 9 17 9 8 17 19 2 11 19 13
27 Flag of New Zealand svg.png James Douglas 22 15 17 12 5 2 23 14 15 12 Ret 4 6 11 15
2016 Holden-Cosworth ESP GBR ITA AUT TUR FRA GER NED ENG BEL CZE JPN 0*  ??*
20 Flag of the United States svg.png Sandy Grey
21 Flag of Samoa svg.png Iakopo Fuamatu

Complete F1RMGP WEC Results

Year Chassis Engine Gar. # Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts CC
2015 Minardi PS09 Motori Moderni 1.5L V6 14 MON FRA ENG BEL NED SWE GER AUT HUN ITA POR ESP 10 13th
10 Flag of Finland svg.png Emma Kimiläinen 12 20 15 8 13 11 23 Ret 7 19 18 13
11 Flag of England svg.png Karen Andrews DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 22 DNQ DNQ