Harry Tincknell is a British racing driver who achieved the greatest success in the sports car racing.
He won the LMP2 class at 24 hours of Le Mans in 2014, driving for Jota Sport. In 2016, he was the European Le Mans Series champion with G-Drive Racing.
Tincknell currently competes with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, scoring the GT class podium at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Harry started to race at the age 10
Born in October 1991 in Exeter, England, Tincknell started his racing career at the age 10, driving go-kart in club races and regional championships. He stayed in karting competitions until 2007, then moving to the Formula Renault UK. He finished seventh in the FR UK Winter Series.
In 2009, he participated full season in the Formula Renault UK, driving for CRS Racing. Scoring four podiums, he was fifth in the final standings. He won the 2009 FR UK Winter Cup and then participated one more season in the series in 2010. He was again fifth in the points.
Progressing to Formula 3 in 2011
In 2011, Tincknell progressed to the British Formula 3 Championship, driving for Fortec Motorsport. Contesting in the #23 Dallara-Mercedes, he was a race winner once, at Brands Hatch, finishing 11th in the points.
For the 2012 British F3 season, Tincknell joined Carlin and ended a season in the fifth place. Driving the #21 Dallara-Volkswagen, he won four races. In November 2012, he debuted at Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix with Fortec Motorsport, finishing 9th in the main race.
Harry Tincknell was driving for Carlin in 2012 and 2013
A season in the Formula 3 European Championship
In 2013, Tincknell extended his deal with Carlin but switched to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He was driving the #3 Dallara-Volkswagen, helping the team to finish third in the final standings of the Teams Trophy. Tincknell was a race winner once, in the first race at Silverstone, adding one more podium at Brands Hatch. He finished fifth in the points.
At 2013 Macau Grand Prix, Tincknell finished 14th. From October 2013 to February 2014, Tincknell participated in the India-based MRF Challenge, finishing in the fifth place. It was his last single-seater competition, as he moved to sports car racing in 2014.
Harry celebrates Le Mans victory
LMP2 class victory at 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours
In 2014, Tincknell signed for Jota Sport to drive the #38 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the European Le Mans Series. His co-drivers were team owner Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque. They won at Imola and added two more LMP2 class podiums to finish second in the championship, four points behind the Signatech Alpine team.
The highlight of the season was Tincknell's debut and LMP2 class podium at 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. He, Simon Dolan and Oliver Turvey scored a victory in the #38 Zytek-Nissan.
In 2015, Tincknelle participated in Nissan's LMP1 project
2015 Le Mans attempt with Nissan LMP1 prototype
In 2015, Tincknell resigned for Jota Sport, continuing to drive the #38 car (Gibson 015S) together with Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque. They were again among the title contenders, winning one race (Red Bull Ring) and finishing third in the final standings, just four points behind championship-winning Greaves Motorsport's crew.
Outside ELMS, Tincknell participated at Le Mans 24 Hours with Nissan factory team, driving the #22 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 prototype. He, Alex Buncombe and Michael Krumm were not classified in the official standings, after completing 242 laps. Tincknell also participated in one round of the Blancpain Endurance Series with Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, not finishing the race at Nurburgring.
Harry Tincknell spent three successful seasons with Jota Sport
European Le Mans Series champion in 2016
In 2016, Jota Sport was rebranded to G-Drive Racing after British team made a partnership with the Russian team. Tincknell stayed with the team in the #38 Gibson 015S, sharing a car with Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde.
After scoring two wins and four podiums, including a victory in the season's finale at Estoril, they won the European Le Mans Series championship title.
Harry Tincknell joined Ford in 2016
Ford Chip Ganassi WEC driver since 2016
In 2016, Tincknell had a double programme, joining the Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA World Endurance Championship to drive a brand-new Ford GT. He was sharing the #67 Ford with Andy Priaulx and Marino Franchitti.
They scored their first GTE Pro class victory in the seventh round at Fuji Speedway and then one more in the next round at Shanghai International Circuit. At Le Mans, they were ninth in the class. At the end of the season, the #67 crew finished fifth in the GTE Pro classification.
In 2017, Derani, Tincknell and Priaulx have won at Silverstone and finished second at Le Mans
GT class podium at Le Mans 24h in 2017
In 2017, Tincknell left prototype racing and stayed only with Ford in the FIA World Endurance Championship. But, before starting the FIA WEC season, Tincknell made a debut at Daytona 24 Hours in January, sharing the #69 Ford with Andy Priaulx and Tony Kanaan. They finished fifth in the GTLM class.
In the World Championship, Tincknell's co-drivers in the #67 Ford GT were Andy Priaulx (all races) and Pipo Derani (three races). He won the season-opening race at Silverstone and the penultimate race at Shanghai. At Le Mans, they were second in the class, behind Aston Martin. At the end of the season, Harry was third in GT drivers' standings.
Double programme with Ford and Mazda in 2018
In 2018, Tincknell stayed with Ford in the World Endurance Championship but change a team in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, joining Mazda Team Joest to drive the #55 Mazda RT24-P prototype. He participated in eight IMSA races, scoring no wins or podiums.
In the FIA WEC, he continues to share the #67 Ford with Andy Priaulx.