The Token Racing was based on Ron Dennis and Neil Trundle Rondel Racing, a successful Formula Two team sponsored by Tony Vlassopulos and his friend Ken Grob. In 1973 they decided to enter F1. Ray Jessop designed the car, while backing was to come from the French oil company Motul, which had sponsored the team for the previous two years in addition to Vlassopulos and Grob. The team and car was named Token, the “To” and the “Ken” coming from the backer’s first names and the RJ02 in honour of Jessop. The team made its F1 debut in April 1974 at the non-Championship International Trophy race at Silverstone, with Welshman Tom Pryce at the wheel. Its first Championship race came the following month, at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Pryce qualified 20th but retired at three-quarter distance following a collision with Jody Scheckter’s Tyrrell. David Purlay and Ian Ashley drove the car in 3 other GP of the season, but the team run out of money and was closed. The car was sold to Safir Engineering company and reappeared as Safir in few non-championship races in 1975.
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