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Jim Clark

(1936—1968) racing driver


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British motor racing driver and World Drivers' Champion in 1963 and 1965. A farmer's son from Kilmany, Fife, Clark started racing in local motor club events in the mid-1950s and was a member of the Border Reivers racing team. He joined Colin Chapman's Lotus team in 1960 to drive Formula Junior, being given his first Formula One drive in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. He stayed with Lotus and in 1962 achieved his first Grand Prix victory in Belgium, although he just lost the championship to Graham Hill in the final race of the season. The following year, Clark had a string of victories and captured the Drivers' Championship. He repeated this success in 1965, winning seven Grands Prix as well as the Indianapolis 500.

Clark survived several crashes but was killed in a Formula Two race at the Hockenheim circuit while leading the world championship. His total of twenty-five Grand Prix victories beat Fangio's record and he ranks among the greatest drivers of all time.

From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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