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Крис Эймон

Amon, Chris

Amon, Christopher

Крис Эймон / Amon, Chris

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000




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Ф1: 1963-1976

Крис Эймон / Amon, Chris - 1963-1976




1963Reg Parnell RacingLotus 24
Lotus 24
Lola Mk4A
1964Reg Parnell RacingLotus 25
Lotus 25
1965Ian Raby RacingBrabham BT3
Brabham BT3
Reg Parnell RacingLotus 25
Lotus 25
1966Cooper Car CoCooper T81
Cooper T81
Chris AmonBrabham BT11
Brabham BT11
1967Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312/67
Ferrari 312/67
1968Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312/67
Ferrari 312/67
Ferrari 312/68
Ferrari 312/68
1969Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 312/69
Ferrari 312/69
1970March EngineeringMarch 701
March 701
1971Equipe Matra SportsMatra Simca MS120B
Matra Simca MS120B
1972Equipe MatraMatra Simca MS120D
Matra Simca MS120D
Matra Simca MS120C
Matra Simca MS120C
1973Martini Racing TeamTecno PA123B
Tecno PA123B
Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell 005
Tyrrell 005
Martini Racing TeamTecno E731
Tecno E731
1974Team Motul BRMBRM P201
BRM P201
Chris Amon RacingAmon AF101
Amon AF101
1975HB Bewaking Team EnsignEnsign N175
Ensign N175
1976Walter Wolf RacingWolf Williams FW05 (Hesketh 308C)
Wolf Williams FW05 (Hesketh 308C)
Team EnsignEnsign N176
Ensign N176
Ensign N174
Ensign N174

Chris Amon will always be best remembered as a notoriously unlucky driver who never managed to win a World Championship Grand Prix, for whenever he seemed poised to triumph dame fortune frowned and poor Chrissie was left to rue his unkind fate.

A New Zealand sheep farmer's son, Chris was racing a Maserati 250F by the age of 18, and he so impressed Reg Parnell in the 1962-65 winter series that he was invited to join the Parnell Grand Prix line-up at the tender age of 19. Amon learned quickly with the team, but the patron's untimely death was a big blow, and by 1965 Chris was spending most of his time with Bruce McLaren and his fledgling organisation, racing his big Elva sports cars. A proposed 1966 Grand Prix season with McLaren failed to get off the ground due to a lack of engines, so it was more sports car racing in Britain and in the Can-Am series, topped by a wonderful win for Ford at Le Mans with Bruce.

Amon's successful season was closely watched by Ferrari, who signed him for 1967. He got off to an encouraging start with wins in the Daytona 24 Hours and Monza 1000 Km, but then came turmoil. With Bandini killed, Parkes injured and Scarfiotti quitting, a huge burden fell on Chris's shoulders and he responded brilliantly with a string of great drives which continued into the following season, coming closest to a win in the 1968 British GP where he had a classic battle with Jo Siffert. The 1969 season started brightly, Chris taking a Dino 166 to the Tasman series and winning the championship, but the strain of the factory's huge racing programme was beginning to show, and F1 suffered most. Frustrated, Chris jumped ship to drive the new works March in 1970, winning the International Trophy and taking a superb second to Rodriguez at Spa, but the team's limitations were soon apparent and, despite an excellent run of placings, he signed a big two-year deal with Matra for 1971-72. A splendid aggregate win in the non-title Argentine GP boded well only for luck to desert him at crucial times, most cruelly at Monza when he lost his visor, and then at Clermont Ferrand when nobody could live with him until a puncture intervened.

With Matra's withdrawal, Chris agreed a return to March for 1973 but a disagreement saw him sensationally sacked at the start of the year. It was to be the start of a downward Formula 1 spiral for the Kiwi, who became progressively dispirited as he saw his efforts go to waste, first at Tecno and then disastrously in 1974 with his own Amon project. Even guest drives for Tyrrell and BRM failed to ignite the latent spark until, seemingly washed up, Chris accepted a drive in Mo Nunn's Ensign late in 1975. Suddenly there was a sense of purpose and in 1976 the old Amon was back, with a superb drive at Kyalami until a fuel problem halted his progress. The new MN176 was a cracking little chassis and Chris really flew, but unfortunately it was fragile and after a couple of very lucky escapes when things broke he decided to get out in one piece, finally quitting F1 for good after being T-boned in a practice collision at Mosport driving for Wolf. Although he raced briefly in Can-Am in 1977, Chris then married for the second time and returned to New Zealand to tend the family farm.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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