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The AGS JH22 was a Formula One racing car designed by Christian Vanderpleyn and used by the AGS Racing Team for the 1987 Formula One season.

Background

The AGS JH22 replaced the Motori Moderni-powered JH21C, which was moulded around an old Renault chassis. The team, Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives (AGS), chose to enter just one car throughout the 1987 season, powered by the normally aspirated Ford-Cosworth DFZ V8 engine. AGS built only two chassis, labeled #32 and #33, which were used throughout the season. The JH22 was noted as "a development of the 1986 car", although the chassis numbering sequence is different than the previous year's JH21C car.

The car used the number 14 throughout the season, and was painted white with red stripes and a large rose on the nosecone. The team tried different configurations for the engine airbox (when one was used at all); sometimes it was positioned near the roll-over bar, in others, it was just above the engine, aft of the fuel tank. In deference to the sponsor El Charro (a Mexican shoe and clothing company), the race entries throughout the year were listed as "El Charro AGS".

Results

For the first 14 race meetings, the driver was F1 newcomer Pascal Fabre, who had driven for AGS' Formula 3000 team the previous year. The Frenchman qualified last on the grid in 9 of his 11 race starts, and usually finished last as well. After failing to qualify for the Mexican Grand Prix (his third failure to qualify of the season), he was replaced by Roberto Moreno for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. It was Moreno's first appearance in Formula One since he failed to qualify for the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix with Lotus. Moreno scratched onto the back of the grid at Suzuka, but at the season-ending race at Adelaide, he finished in 7th place. After the race, Ayrton Senna's Lotus 99T was disqualified for oversized brake ducts, so both Moreno and AGS found themselves with their first championship point, having been moved up to sixth place. The team finished the season tied for 11th in the Constructor's Championship, and that single championship point would help AGS escape the Friday morning pre-qualifying sessions for 1988.

After Formula One

Both JH22 cars were not used in Formula One racing after 1987; one remains in AGS' historic collection, and the other is on display at the Lohéac Automobile Museum.