John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute

John Colum Crichton - Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, called Johnny Dumfries and John Bute, ( born April 26, 1958 in Rothesay, Scotland) is a former British racing driver and Formula 1 driver. Until 1993 he was the courtesy title Earl of Dumfries.

Motorsport career

Dumfries began his motorsport career in various British junior formulas. To cover up his aristocratic origins, he pretended to be a mediocre painter.

1983 rose Dumfries on to the British Formula 3 Championship. A year later he won in this class with 14 wins this season the undisputed British Championship. In Formula 3 Championship, he finished third in the overall standings.

1985 signed a contract with Dumfries Onyx for the Formula 3000 Championship. After four races, he joined the Lola team, but could only achieve a total of an EM point.

Despite the poor results Dumfries found 1986 a cockpit in Formula 1 in the Lotus team. He benefited from doing that Ayrton Senna refused, the British Derek Warwick to accept as a second driver in the team. Even if he had no chance against the emerging Senna, Dumfries was able to win a total of three championship points and occupy the 13th place in the Drivers' Championship in 1986 in Hungary and Australia.

As the Lotus team in 1987 switch to Honda engines, Dumfries had to cede his place to Satoru Nakajima. Since no space in other teams was free, Dumfries adopted a test driver contract from the Benetton team. With no prospect of continuation of his Formula 1 career, he signed a contract with the Jaguar team Tom Walkinshaw for the World Sportscar Championship.

There celebrated Johnny Dumfries in 1988 the greatest success in his racing career. With his teammate Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers, he won the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. In 1991 he ended his racing career.

Private life

In 1993 he inherited when his father died the title Marquess of Bute, and was a member of the House of Lords. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2008 he was ranked 616 with an estimated fortune of around £ 125 million. He is married to his second wife and has four children.

Le Mans results

  • Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Formula 1 racing driver ( UK )
  • Formula 3000 racer
  • Marquess
  • Member of the House of Lords
  • Athletes (Scotland )
  • Born in 1958
  • Man
  • World Sports Car Championship racer
  • Briton
  • Scotsman
  • Politicians (Scotland )
  • Politicians ( 20th century)
  • Politicians ( 21st century)