AGS

Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives

 
Principles Henri Julien FRA (1986-88)
Cyril de Rouvre
FRA (1989-90)
Patrizio Cantu
ITA (1991)
Gabriele Ravanelli
ITA (1991)
Designers Christian Vanderpleyn BEL (1986-88)
Claude Galopin
FRA (1989)
Michel Costa
FRA (1990-91)

AGS History & Team Record

After a string of success in lesser formulae, the small team from Gonfaron in the south of France, moved up from F3000 in 1986 with the backing of Italian sponsor "Jolly Club" - with just seven employees! The first F1 car was based on the 1985 F3000 chassis mated to a Motori Moderni turbo engine, also used by Minardi and made its debut at the Italian GP, driven by Ivan Capelli. The car did not finish in either of the two races it was entered in that year and since the turbo era was drawing to a close, the team switched to the venerable Ford V8 engine for the following year.

Pascal Fabre drove the car for the first eleven races in 1987, which was reliable but not fast. He was replaced for the final two GP by Roberto Moreno, who secured the teams very first point by finishing sixth at the Australian GP in Adelaide. The team moved into 1988 with confidence and produced another strong chassis and secured sponsorship from the "Bouygues Group" which would also bankroll a new factory. The car was driven by Philippe Streiff, who qualified well but the reliability and accidents saw him finished only four races. The promised financial backing from Bouygues never materialized and Henri Julien was forced to sell the team to at the end of the season to entrepreneur, Cyril de Rouvre - who would later have an interest in the Ligier team.                                                                .

The team suffered a tremendous setback during the winter if 1989 when the promising Streiff was seriously injured in a huge testing accident in Brazil. Streiff was left paralyzed and the team started a downward spiral of financial woes as the team attempted to run two cars for the first time. Despite Gabriele Tarquini picking up a point at the Mexican GP, the number of teams entered in the championship meant that pre-qualifying would be required for the second half of 1989, something seldom accomplished by either driver.

Once again running on a shoestring in 1990, the team managed to make it through qualifying on a few occasions but never finished in the points and at the end of the season de Rouvre sold the team to a pair of Italian businessmen. The change in ownership did not bring any change to the teams finances or performance on the track, getting a car onto the grid just three times. The team finally folded after the Portuguese GP (round 13 of 16) and the AGS name reverted back to Henri Julien, who still runs a very successful driving school at the teams facilities in Gonfaron.

 

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers Starts Wins Poles F Lap Points
1986 JH21C Motori Moderni V6t PI 31 Capelli

2

0

0

0

0

1987 JH22 Ford DFZ V8 GY 14 Fabre / Moreno

13

0

0

0

1

1988 JH23 Ford DFZ V8 GY 14 Streiff

16

0

0

0

0

1989 JH24
JH23B
Ford DFR V8 GY 40 Tarquini
41 J Winkelhock / Dalmas

6

0

0

0

1

1990 JH25 Ford DFR V8 GY 17 Tarquini
18 Dalmas

8

0

0

0

0

1991 JH27
JH26
Ford DFR V8 GY 17 Tarquini / Grouillard
18 Johansson / Barbazza

3

0

0

0

0

        TOTAL 48 0 0 0 2

 

  Philippe Streiff at the 1988 Monaco GP in the JH23 Joachim Winklehock in the JH23B at the 1989 Brazilian GP

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