Weaver in a Porsche 962 at the 1990 IMSA Del Mar Grand Prix

James Weaver (born 4 March 1955 in London) is a British former racing driver.

In 1978 Weaver started racing in Formula Ford with Scorpion Racing School. He then began his professional career in the European F3. In 1982 he was the Eddie Jordan Racing team's primary driver, but in 1983 he returned to the European F3. He debuted in the British Touring Car Championship in 1989 at the Oulton Park circuit in March that year. He finished second overall in the British Touring Car Championship that year behind the winner John Cleland. He won Class B that year.

In 1987, Weaver joined Dyson Racing, for whom he drove for twenty years. He resulted IMSA GT Championship runner-up in 1995, won the 1998 United States Road Racing Championship and the 2000 and 2001 Rolex Sports Car Series, and collected two vice-championships in the 2004 and 2006 American Le Mans Series.

Weaver driving to victory in the 2005 Grand Prix of Mosport in the Dyson Racing MG-Lola EX257

Among his wins, he triumphed at the 1997 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1997, 2000 and 2002 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. He also finished second at the 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1999 12 Hours of Sebring.

Weaver officially retired after the 2006 American Le Mans Series season.

Racing record

Complete British Saloon / Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1984–1990 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded ?–1989 in class)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 DC Pts Class
1984 BMW GB Ltd. BMW 635GSi A DON
8
SIL
6
OUL
1
THR
Ret
THR
DNS
SIL
4
SNE
Ret
BRH
2
BRH
4
DON
Ret
SIL
4
13th 26 4th
1988 BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1 BMW M3 B SIL OUL
DNS
THR DON
7‡
THR SIL SIL BRH SNE BRH BIR
C
DON
11
SIL 20th 15 6th
1989 BMW Team Finance BMW M3 B OUL
6
SIL
13
THR
8
DON
11
THR
8
SIL
13
SIL
13
BRH
9
SNE
12
BRH
7
BIR
11
DON
12
SIL
10
2nd 109 1st
1992 Nissan Janspeed Racing Nissan Primera eGT SIL THR OUL SNE BRH DON
1
DON
2
SIL KNO
1
KNO
2
PEM BRH
1

13
BRH
2

11
DON
8
SIL
Ret
22nd 3

‡ Endurance driver.

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key)

PPG Indycar Series

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1989 Dyson Racing PHX
LBH
11
INDY
MIL
DET
22
POR
CLE
24
MEA
TOR
MCH
POC
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
30th 2

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
1983 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Jeff Allam
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Mazda 717C C Jr. 267 18th 2nd
1985 United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing United Kingdom Richard Lloyd
United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
Porsche 956 GTi C1 371 2nd 2nd
1986 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Takao Wada
Nissan R85V C1 285 16th 10th
1987 United Kingdom Liqui Moly Equipe United States Price Cobb
United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
Porsche 962C GTi C1 112 DNF DNF
1989 United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom Tiff Needell
Porsche 962C GTi C1 339 DNF DNF
1990 United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Manuel Reuter
Porsche 962C GTi C1 181 DNF DNF
1991 Switzerland Team Salamin Primagaz
Australia Team Schuppan
United States Hurley Haywood
South Africa Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962C C2 316 NC NC
1995 United Kingdom PC Automotive Jaguar United Kingdom Tiff Needell
United Kingdom Richard Piper
Jaguar XJ220 LMGT1 135 DNF DNF
1996 United Kingdom Gulf Racing United Kingdom Ray Bellm
Finland JJ Lehto
McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 323 9th 7th
1997 United Kingdom David Price Racing United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 LMGT1 236 DNF DNF
1998 Germany Porsche AG United States David Murry
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Porsche LMP1-98 LMP1 218 DNF DNF
1999 United Kingdom Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Audi R8C LMGTP 198 DNF DNF

Sources

Sporting positions
Preceded by BPR Global GT Series
Champion

1996 with:
Ray Bellm
Succeeded by