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Jim Clark

Name: Jim Clark
Place of birth: Kilmany, Scotland
Date of birth: 4 march 1936
Died: 7 april 1968

Statistics

73 races
32 podiums
25 wins
Debut: 1960 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race: 1968 South African Grand Prix

World Championships


1963

1965

Biography of Jim Clark

Jim Clark will forever be held in high regard as one of the greatest F1 drivers in history.

The Scotsman exerted immense car control during one of the sport's most dangerous and volatile eras, taking two world titles in the mid-1960s.

Clark would become synonymous with the legendary Lotus team of that period, spearheading championship charges and breaking records whilst doing so.

His eight grand slams - pole positions, win, fastest lap and lead from start to finish - is more than any other driver despite the increase in the number of races each year, proving his supreme talent.

Clark made his debut with Team Lotus in 1960 and would earn the first of 32 podiums in just his fifth start. A first win would come in 1962 at Spa-Francorchamps, followed by another two later in the year en route to second in the drivers' championship.

The first world championship would be clinched in dominant fashion in 1963 with seven wins to Clark's name out of the 10 events, with a lowest finish of eighth.

Clark would win six of the 10 races in 1965 to take his second title, with two third-place finishes supplementing his CV in 1964 and 1967.

Round one of the 1968 championship went to Clark before he was tragically killed in a crash whilst contesting an F2 race at Hockenheim.

At the time of his death, Clark had amassed more victories and more pole positions than anyone had in the sport before him, surpassing even Juan Manuel Fangio and is often included in the debate over who is the greatest F1 driver of all time.