News : Former Formula 1 driver Johnny Dumfries is dead
Former Formula 1 racing driver Johnny Dumfries, once a teammate of the young Ayrton Senna at Lotus, died at the age of 62 after a brief, serious illness. This was announced by the Scottish family. In 1986 Dumfries had contested 15 races alongside Senna in a black Lotus 98T and achieved fifth place in Hungary as the best result. It remained the only season for Dumfries in Formula 1.
He celebrated his greatest successes away from the premier class. In 1984 he became British Formula 3 champion, the highlight of his career was winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with the British Jaguar team in 1988.
Dumfries came from a Scottish aristocratic family and was born as John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute and Earl of Dumfries. In motorsport he started under a pseudonym. His family is quoted in a statement on the BBC as follows: “The indomitable spirit and the energy that Johnny brought into his life will be very much missed, as will the immense warmth and love he showed his family.”