1985 Beatrice Lola THL1 Formula One Jones #33 by Spark

1985 Beatrice Lola THL1 Formula One Jones #33 by Spark

1985 Beatrice Lola THL1 Formula One Jones #33 by Spark

The Lola THL1 was a Formula One racing car designed by Neil Oatley for Team Haas (USA) Ltd. during four of the last five races of the 1985 Formula One season. The car used the 750 bhp (559 kW; 760 PS), turbocharged Hart 415T Straight 4 engine. The Haas Lola team only had one car for 1985 and it was driven by 1980 World Champion Alan Jones, who was making a full-time comeback to Formula One at the age of 39.
The THL1 maded its debut at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with Jones qualifying 25th, 9.859 seconds behind pole sitter Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault), but retiring after just 6 laps due to an overheating engine. The next race, the Belgian Grand Prix, had been re-scheduled from June 2 so the team were not allowed to compete because they were not on the original entry list. Jones then qualified 18th for the South African Grand Prix which saw the French Renault and Ligier teams boycott the race for political reasons, and the RAM and Zakspeed teams not enter, but withdrew before the race due to illness (rumour had it that the Haas team had bowed to political pressure and withdrew, though Jones refutes this contending that he was indeed sick with the flu).
Jones showed the potential of the car in the final race of the season, the first ever Australian Formula One Grand Prix (the 1985 AGP was in fact the 50th running of the race, but it was the first time it was part of the FIA World Championship). The Australian qualified 19th for his home race but stalled the car at the start leaving him dead last. After getting a push start and being almost a quarter of a lap behind, Jones fought his way through the field and was up to 6th and into the points by lap 20 before being forced to retire with electrical trouble.

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