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Chris Amon 1943-2016

  • Published on 03 Aug 2016 09:38
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Chris Amon has passed away aged 73 after a battle with cancer.

The former Ferrari driver died in hospital in his native New Zealand.

"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," his family said in a statement.

Despite never winning a Grand Prix, he was considered one of the best drivers of his era. He competed in Formula One from 1963 to 1976, scoring 83 points and finishing on the podium 11 times.

He also founded Chris Amon Racing, known simply as Amon, which competed unsuccessfully in 1966 and 1974.

He also took Ford's famous first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, driving a Ford GT40 Mk. II alongside compatriot Bruce McLaren.

In 1993 he was awarded an MBE for his services to motorsport

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