Johnny Dumfries: Ex-F1 driver & Le Mans 24 Hours winner dies aged 62

Former Formula 1 driver Johnny Dumfries has died at the age of 62. The Scotsman raced under a pseudonym to disguise his aristocratic background – he was John Crichton-Stuart, the seventh Marquess of Bute. Dumfries spent a year in F1 in 1986 with Lotus, where he was a subordinate team-mate to Ayrton Senna. Dumfries won the British Formula Three championship in 1984, succeeding Senna, and spent a year as a Ferrari test driver in 1985 before being signed by Lotus. Inexperienced, and with the team focusing on Senna, Dumfries had an underwhelming season, finishing only five races and adding one further points placing to his Hungarian result when he was sixth in the season-closing race in Australia.

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