Motorsport world 'deeply saddened' by death of F1 great

Andrew Reid
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Seen in this photo, John Crichton-Stuart raced under the name of Johnny Dumfries.
John Crichton-Stuart raced under the name of Johnny Dumfries and won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1988. Pic: Getty

Motorsport fans are paying tribute to the life of John Crichton-Stuart after the Scottish aristocrat and former Le Mans winner died at the age of 62.

The former Formula 1 driver raced under the name Johnny Dumfries and won the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1988.

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Also known as the 7th Marquess of Bute, the 62-year-old's family confirmed that he died after a short illness.

The F1 great's family issued a statement describing him as a “devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, son and grandfather and loved by all”.

“The indomitable spirit and energy which Johnny brought to his life will be greatly missed, and the immense warmth and love with which he embraced his family," the statement read.

“His heart was firmly rooted on the Island of Bute where he spent much of his time. Johnny chaired the Board of Mount Stuart Trust from its active inauguration in 2005 when Mount Stuart and its gardens opened to the public, and its rural estate was vested into the charitable trust.

“He was a moderniser and an inspirational thinker, transitioning a family home to a progressive, working visitor facility and estate.

“His island projects include the internationally respected Bute Fabrics and, most recently, the Kerrylamont Centre for Rural Excellence and Bute Yard. He was a philanthropist through his foundation, particularly focusing on Scotland and the West Coast.

“His family request privacy at this time.”

Johnny Dumfries is pictured here driving his Lotus at the Belgium Grand Prix of 1986.
Johnny Dumfries at the Belgium Grand Prix of 1986. Pic: Getty

The Guild of Motoring Writers added: "We are very sorry to see that Honorary Member Johnny Dumfries, the 7th Marquess of Bute (who was team-mate to Ayrton Senna with Team Lotus in 1986 – AND won the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans) has passed away, aged just 62. #RIP"

The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson was also among those to pay tribute to Crichton-Stuart on Twitter.

"FFS. Now cancer has got poor old Johnny Bute. So sad."

Fans pay respects to motorsport icon

Similar tributes poured in across social media as the motorsport world paid their respects to the iconic driver.

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