Ickx Jacky Ickx, 1971 Monaco Grand Prix Ickx

Full Name: Jacques ‘Jacky’ Bernard Ickx
Nationality: Belgian
Born: 1 January 1945, Brussels (BEL)

First GP: 1967 Italian Grand Prix
Last GP: 1979 United States East Grand Prix

Entries: 123 Grands Prix: 114 Non-starts: 9
Wins: 8 Podiums: 25 Pole Positions: 13
Fastest Laps: 14 Points: 181 Retirements: 50

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1966 Formula 1 (F2 Class), Ken Tyrrell Racing Matra MS5, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
1967 Formula 1 (F2 Class), Ken Tyrrell Racing Matra MS7, 1 race
  Formula 1, Cooper Maserati V12 T81B , 2 races, 1 point, 20th overall
  European Formula 2 Championship, Ken Tyrrell Racing Matra MS7, 1st overall
1968 Formula 1, Ferrari V12 312, 9 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 27 points, 4th overall
1969 Formula 1, Brabham Ford V8 BT26A, 11 races, 2 wins, 5 podiums, 37 points, 2nd overall
Le Mans 24 Hours, John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ford GT-40, 1st overall with Jackie Oliver
1970 Formula 1, Ferrari 12cyl 312B, 13 races, 3 wins, 5 podiums, 40 points, 2nd overall
1971 Formula 1, Ferrari 12cyl 312B/312B2, 11 races, 1 win, 3 podiums, 19 points, 4th overall
1972 Formula 1, Ferrari 12cyl 312B2, 12 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 27 points, 4th overall
1973 Formula 1, Ferrari 12cyl 312B2/312B3, 10 races, 12 points, 9th overall
  Formula 1, Yardley Team McLaren Ford V8 M23, 1 race, 1 podium
  Formula 1, Williams Iso Marlboro Ford V8 IR, 1 race
1974 Formula 1, JPS Team Lotus Ford V8 72E/76, 15 races, 2 podiums, 12 points, 10th overall
1975 Formula 1, JPS Team Lotus Ford V8 72E, 9 races, 1 podium, 3 points, 16th overall
Le Mans 24 Hours, Gulf Mirage GR-8, 1st overall with Derek Bell
1976 Formula 1, Frank Williams / Walter Wolf Racing Ford V8 FW05, 8 entries, 4 DNQ
  Formula 1, Team Ensign Ford V8 N176, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified
Le Mans 24 Hours, Martini Porsche 936, 1st overall with Gijs van Lennep
1977 Formula 1, Team Tissot Ensign Ford V8 N177, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
Le Mans 24 Hours, Martini Porsche 936, 1st overall with Hurley Haywood and Jurgen Barth
  Hardie-Ferodo Bathurst 1000, Moffat Ford XC Falcon, 1st overall with Alan Moffat
1978 Formula 1, Team Tissot Ensign Ford V8 N177, 4 entries, 1 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
Le Mans 24 Hours, Martini Porsche 936, 2nd overall with Jurgen Barth and Bob Wollek
1979 Formula 1, Ligier Gitanes Ford V8 JS11, 8 races, 3 points, 16th overall
  Can-Am Championship, Carl Haas Racing Lola T333CS Chevrolet, 1st overall
1980 Le Mans 24 Hours, Liqui Moly / Martini Porsche 936, 2nd overall with Reinhold Joest
1981 Le Mans 24 Hours, Porsche 936, 1st overall with Derek Bell
1982 Le Mans 24 Hours, Rothmans Porsche 956, 1st overall with Derek Bell
  FIA World Sportscar Championship, Rothmans Porsche 956, 1st overall
1983 Le Mans 24 Hours, Rothmans Porsche 956, 2nd overall with Derek Bell
  FIA World Sportscar Championship, Rothmans Porsche 956, 1st overall
2002 Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Jacky Ickx


Undoubtedly Belgium’s best-ever racing driver across a variety of disciplines, Ickx claimed 25 Formula 1 podiums and a then-record of six wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ickx was viewed as so talented that it seemed that a World Championship title would be a mere formality. As is sadly the case with too many gifted drivers, this was never the outcome, and his form faded as he drove a succession of less competitive cars towards the end of his very long Grand Prix career, which spanned 1966 to 1979.

The son of a motorsport journalist, Jacky was a multiple motorcycle champion in his homeland before he started racing cars and was pitched into Formula 2 in 1966 under the watchful eye of Ken Tyrrell.

It wouldn’t take long for him to be noticed, as he qualified his Formula 2 Matra third-quickest at the 1967 German Grand Prix, although he was forced to start at the back of the grid with the other F2 machines. By lap 12, he was up to fourth before his suspension failed.

With everyone now interested, he had two outings with Cooper – scoring his first championship point next time out at Italy – and then joining Ferrari for the 1968 season.

In just his fifth race for the Scuderia, he scored his maiden F1 win with a tremendous drive in the wet at Rouen, and his consistent results kept him in the championship hunt until an accident in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Contractual considerations saw him move to Brabham in 1969 in order for him to keep driving for the Gulf sports car team on the side, and he picked up two wins, before switching back to Ferrari for 1970 and landing a further three victories.

He stayed at Ferrari until 1973 and switched to Lotus for 1974, but he wasn’t delivering the results, and switched to intermittent drives with Williams, Wolf, Ensign and Ligier from 1976 onwards, retiring from F1 at the end of 1979.

He went on to become the circuit director at Spa-Francorchamps, but was lured back into sports car racing, twice winning the World Championship crown and adding a further two Le Mans victories. He also won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983, and finally retired from all motor racing in 1992.

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