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Chris Amon dies aged 73

Former Ferrari F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Chris Amon passes away aged 73.
Former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Chris Amon has died aged 73

Amon passed away in his native New Zealand having battled with cancer in recent years, his family confirmed.

Amon made his F1 debut in 1963 with Reg Parnell Racing, but got his big break four years later when he joined Ferrari, with whom he notched up six podiums in three seasons and enjoyed a run to fifth overall in 1967 behind title winning countryman Denny Hulme.

Stints at March and Matra added another five podiums to his career tally and though none included that elusive race victory, Amon is widely considered one of the best drivers to have never won a GP.

Despite this, Amon did clinch a Le Mans 24 Hours win in 1966 alongside Bruce McLaren in a Ford GT40, while he also won races in the Daytona 24 Hours, Monza 1000km and the Tasman series.

"Chris battled cancer in recent years but retained not only a close interest in Formula One - and his very wide range of favourite topics - but also his wonderful sense of humour, complete with infectious chuckle."



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Texas Roadhouse

August 03, 2016 1:19 PM

Too young an age to go. Saw him in F1 and sportscars. Bloody fast. Bloody unlucky. Bloody nice bloke and real class. (I was cheering for Seppi at Brands in '68, though.)

Jem

August 03, 2016 10:41 AM

I was lucky enough to see Chis Amon & Bruce McLaren win the Le Mans 24hr event in 1966. Now they are both gone. R.I.P. To them both.



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