JACKY ICKX

AN HISTORICAL RACER



Jacky Ickx is one of the most facinating racing drivers of the 20th century. His career is impressive not only in terms of his many victories such as Le Mans 24 Hours race won six times ; a feat that earned him the nickname « Monsieur Le Mans ». Jacky Ickx is an exceptional sportsman who practised a large variety of disciplines distinguished himself.

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  • A golden racing record
  • 13 pole positions in Formula 1.
  • 2 World Endurance Championship titles in 1982 and 1983.
  • 15-time participant and 6-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
  • 116 Formula 1 Grand Prix races, with 8 victories and two Formula 1 world drivers runner-up spots in 1969 and 1970.
  • Formula 2 European Champion.
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Unique sportive achievements

On August 14 1969, 240.000 spectators are in the grandstands for the 34th Edition of « Les 24 heures du Mans ». The drivers rush to their speed machines and quickly hop in. All, except one. To protest against this type of start that he viewed dangerous and pointless, the Belgian driver decides to walk to his GT40. At this moment, Jacky remembers the accident suffered by Willy Mairesse who died after neglecting his safety belt to win a few seconds. At the end, the Belgian wins the Le Mans race by the narrowest margin in its history : 120 meters. Thus a page of history was turned and the rules were modified the next year to feature drivers already seated in the lined-up cars.

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The legendary anecdote

On August 14 1969, 240.000 spectators are in the grandstands for the 34th Edition of « Les 24 heures du Mans ». The drivers rush to their speed machines and quickly hop in. All, except one. To protest against this type of start that he viewed dangerous and pointless, the Belgian driver decides to walk to his GT40. At this moment, Jacky remembers the accident suffered by Willy Mairesse who died after neglecting his safety belt to win a few seconds. At the end, the Belgian wins the Le Mans race by the narrowest margin in its history : 120 meters. Thus a page of history was turned and the rules were modified the next year to feature drivers already seated in the lined-up cars.

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