A petition has been launched calling for a knighthood for John Surtees, the only man to secure world titles on two-wheels and four during his illustrious career.

The petition, on the website of British prime minister Gordon Brown, has currently attracted nearly 300 signatures, with more likely to follow before the closing date of May 2008.

"John Surtees is truly unique in motorsport," the petition reads. "Riding for the celebrated MV Augusta team, he won seven World Championships between 1956 and 1960.

"Then - with nothing left to prove - he made the transition from two wheels to four, winning the Formula One World Championship with Ferrari in 1964. To this day his feat of winning World Championships on two and four wheels remains unparalleled.

"During his remarkable racing career he won 290 of the 621 races he entered and claimed a further 103 podium finishes, recording 48 fastest laps and 100 record laps along the way."

The petition can be found by clicking HERE .



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