Robert la Caze

Robert la Caze

26/2/1917

Robert La Caze participated in races and rallies mainly in North Africa though he did compete at Le Mans in 1957. He drove in one Grand Prix, the Moroccan GP in 1958, finishing 3rd in the F2 class.

Though Robert La Caze was born in Paris, he was Moroccan and lived and raced there, becoming a leading figure in North African motor sport.

He participated in races and rallies driving various Renaults, a Lancia and a Delahaye to great effect in the early part of the decade.

In 1954 he won the Moroccan International Rally in a Simca. He also raced a Mercedes 300SL in 1956 and appeared at Le Mans in a works Gordini the following year.

With Morocco given the honour of hosting a round of the F1 World Championship in 1958, La Caze was invited to take part. With Ken Tyrrell making his debut as a Team Manager in the World Championship, the two car team consisted of Guelfi and La Caze, both of them being "managed" by Jabby Crombac. In the race La Caze drove his Formula 2 Cooper T45 steadily to finish third in class behind the works cars of Brabham and McLaren.

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