Asdrubal Bayardo

26/12/1922 - 9/7/2006

Record updated 10-Mar-08

Azdrúbal Esteban Fontes Bayardo was from Uruguay. He participated in one Grand Prix with Scuderia Centro Sud at the 1959 French Grand Prix. He failed to qualify.

Asdrubal Bayardo
Azdrúbal Esteban Fontes Bayardo, sometimes known as "Pocho", was born in Pan de Azucar, Uruguay.

During the mid to late 1950s, Fontes Bayardo participated in the fiercely competitive Argentine Formula Libre series, which was gradually evolving to be run under full Formula 1 regulations. In 1952 he finished 6th in the Eva Peron GP driving his Maserati 4CLT powered by a Chevrolet V8 engine.

He won the very first race held at Montevideo's El Pinar circuit in October 1956 and he also won at Interlagos in November 1957.

He travelled to Europe in 1959 to participate in the 1959 French Grand Prix with Scuderia Centro Sud, driving an elderly Maserati 250F, but he recorded no time and failed to qualify. He returned to South America where he continued in Formula Libre and also took part in endurance races.

In the 1960s he was a concessionaire for General Motors in Pan de Azucar, San Carlos and Maldonado, and was a director on the board of a company producing Opel-based pick-up trucks in Pan de Azucar under the name of "Marina". He later worked for a production agency associated with BSE (Banco de Seguros del Estado), a large Uruguayan bank corporation.

Azdrúbal Fontes Bayardo died peacefully at his home in Montevideo in July 2006.