Chris Amon 1943-2016

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Mo­tor rac­ing ace Chris Amon has died fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with can­cer. He was 73. The sheep farmer’s son dis­played great prom­ise at an early age, to the point that he be­came a teenaged Grand Prix driver in 1963.

The New Zealan­der racked up vic­tory in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours, shar­ing the hon­ours with Bruce McLaren in a Ford GT40, be­fore join­ing Fer­rari the next sea­son. He won the Day­tona 24 Hours and the 1969 Tas­man se­ries driv­ers’ ti­tle – but a GP win proved elu­sive.

Amon de­parted the Scud­e­ria in 1970 for the new March F1 op­er­a­tion. The fol­low­ing year he won the non­cham­pi­onship Ar­gen­tinean GP with Ma­tra, but af­ter estab­lish­ing his own F1 team in 1974, and round­ing out his GP ca­reer with En­sign and then in Can-Am, he hung up his hel­met in 1977.

Amon started 96 World Cham­pi­onship Grands Prix. He led 183 laps in seven rounds, started from pole five times and stood on the podium 11 times.

Chris Amon with his ‘daily’, a Chrysler Avenger, along­side his Ma­tra F1 car.

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