Jacky Ickx


One of the most versatile drivers ever, Ickx was a dominant force worldwide for two decades…21 F1 podiums including six victories; a then-record six LeMans 24 victories including three with Derek Bell. First raced a 50cc Zundapp motorcycle, winning eight of 13 races and the European 50cc trials title. In ’65, took European saloon car title in a Lotus Cortina. In his first GP at the Nôrburgring in •67, qualified third driving a 1.6 Matra F2 car against 3-liter F1 cars, was European F2 champion and won Kayalami 9-Hour with Brian Redman in GT40. His debut-drive in a proper F1 car, a Cooper-Maserati, was at Monza where he finished sixth. In •68 he took his first F1 win, driving a Ferrari in heavy rain in the French GP at Rouen, and also won Spa and Brands Hatch with Redman in GT40. He was runner-up in the F1 drivers’ world championship in both ’69 and ’70 and placed fourth on three other occasions. In ’72, his last F1 win came at the Nôrburgring, where his driving skill bested superior machinery. In ’73, won Monza and Nurburgring 1000s with Redman in Ferrari 312PB. After a few years with non-competitive Lotus F1 team, he moved to sports cars. In the •79 Can Am series, won championship against strong opposition from Keke Rosberg, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Bobby Rahal. He won the ’77 Bathurst 1000 with Allan Moffat; the ’83 Dakar Rally, Car Division; and was World Endurance Champion in ’82 and ’83. Ickx was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in •02.

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