The Connaught A was built by Rodney Clarke according Formula 2 regulations in 1952 and raced in 1952 – 54. It was the first Formula car for Connaught Engineering team. The car was powered by engine developed by Connaught from the Lea-Francis engine used in their “L” type sports cars. The driving force behind Connaught team was Kenneth McAlpine who backed and managed the team being one of it works driver at the same time. Four Connaught A cars were entered for the 1952 British Grand Prix, driven be Kenneth McAlpine, Ken Downing, Eric Thompson and Dennis Poore. Poore was fourth, Thompson 5th, Downing 9th, and McAlpine 16th. For Thompson it was his only appearance in the World Championship event. Thompson continued to race mostly in endurance events including Le Mans 24hours, when he was class winner in 1949 and 1951.
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