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John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute

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John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (born 26 April 1958), styled Earl of Dumfries before 1993, is a Scottish peer and a former racing driver, most notably winning the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. He does not use his title and prefers to be known solely as John Bute, although he has also been called Johnny Dumfries.[1] The family home is Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute. He attended Ampleforth College, as had his father and most male members of the Crichton-Stuart family, but did not finish the normal five years of study.

The Marquess of Bute
(Johnny Dumfries)
Born (1958-04-26) 26 April 1958 (age 61)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years1986
TeamsLotus
Entries16 (15 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points3
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry1986 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years19871991
TeamsKouros Racing
Silk Cut Jaguar/TWR
Toyota Team Tom's
Courage Compétition
Best finish1st (1988)
Class wins1 (1988)

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Racing careerEdit

Born in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, into one of Scotland's oldest aristocratic families (being a descendant of Robert II of Scotland and through him Robert the Bruce) and the descendant of a British Prime Minister, Johnny Dumfries/John Bute was heir to a large fortune. He turned his back on an expensive education at Ampleforth College and set about pursuing a career in motor racing.[2]

In 1984 Dumfries was the sensation of the F3 season, scoring 14 race victories on his way to winning, and completely dominating, the British Formula 3 Championship for Team BP (Dave Price Racing). He also finished runner-up to Ivan Capelli in the European Formula Three Championship that year. In 1985, he graduated to the newly created FIA International Formula 3000 Championship, initially competing for Onyx Race Engineering before switching to Lola Motorsport. It was a disappointing season, with a sixth-place finish in Vallelunga being the highlight of the year.[citation needed]

In 1986 he made his breakthrough into F1, and raced a single season for the JPS Team Lotus. He was a late addition to the team, apparently as a result of Ayrton Senna not wanting Derek Warwick as a teammate.[2] He competed in 15 Grands Prix for Lotus (not qualifying at Monaco), which used the turbocharged Renault engines and scored 3 championship points.[3]

He was replaced for 1987 by the Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima as part of Lotus's deal to use Honda engines from that season onwards. During the most part of the 1986 season, he was usually one of the midfield drivers, on par with the Tyrrell drivers Martin Brundle and Philippe Streiff.[citation needed]

In 1988, Dumfries scored the biggest racing victory of his career when he won the Le Mans 24 Hours driving a Jaguar XJR-9 for Tom Walkinshaw's Silk Cut Jaguar Team alongside Dutchman Jan Lammers and Englishman Andy Wallace.[4]

WealthEdit

He ranked 616th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, with an estimated wealth of £125m. In the 2006 list, he ranked 26th in Scotland with £122m.

He lives with his family in London and at the ancestral seat Mount Stuart House, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. In 2007, the other family home Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire was sold to the nation for £45 million.[5]

Marriages and childrenEdit

In 1984, he married Carolyn, daughter of Bryson and Rose Waddell. They were divorced in 1993. They have three children:

  • Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart (b. 26 September 1984)
  • Lady Cathleen Crichton-Stuart (b. 14 September 1986)
  • John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries (b. 21 December 1989)

He married secondly Serena Solitaire Wendell, daughter of Major Jac Wendell and former wife of Robert De Lisser, in 1999. They have one child:

  • Lady Lola Affrica Crichton-Stuart (b. 1999)

AncestryEdit

Crichton-Stuart is the son of the 6th Marquess of Bute and his former wife Beatrice Weld-Forester. On his father's side, he is a male-line descendant of King Robert II through an illegitimate line, and a female-line descendant of King William IV and his mistress Dorothea Jordan through their daughter Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll. As William IV was Queen Victoria's uncle, the Marquess of Bute is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. On his father's side he is also a descendant of Bernard, Earl of Granard and Beatrice Mills Forbes, an American socialite who was the daughter of Ogden Mills and Ruth "Tiny" Livingston Mills, a descendant of the Livingston family and the Schuyler family from New York.

On his mother's side, he is twice descended from King Charles II through his eldest illegitimate son, James, Duke of Monmouth.

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1985 Onyx Racing SIL
Ret
THR
7
EST
Ret
VAL
6
PAU 16th 1
Lola Motorsport SPA
Ret
DIJ
10
PER ÖST ZAN DON
1988 GEM Motorsport JER VAL PAU SIL MNZ PER BRH BIR BUG ZOL
Ret
DIJ
13
NC 0

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts.
1986 John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 98T Renault V6t BRA
9
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
HUN
5
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
9
MEX
Ret
AUS
6
13th 3
Source:[6]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987 C1 62 M Sauber C9
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
  Kouros Racing   Chip Ganassi
  Mike Thackwell
37 DNF DNF
1988 C1 2 D Jaguar XJR-9LM
Jaguar 7.0L V12
  Silk Cut Jaguar   Jan Lammers
  Andy Wallace
394 1st 1st
1989 C1 37 B Toyota 89C-V
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8
  Toyota Team Tom's   Geoff Lees
  John Watson
58 DNF DNF
1990 C1 37 B Toyota 90C-V
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8
  Toyota Team Tom's   Aguri Suzuki
  Roberto Ravaglia
64 DNF DNF
1991 C2 13 G Cougar C26S
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
  Courage Compétition   Anders Olofsson
  Thomas Danielsson
45 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Georgina Adam (26 April 2007). "Race to save Dumfries House". The Art Newspaper. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Drivers:Johnny Dumfries". Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Painter-cum-racer". Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Johnny Dumfries profile". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Historic mansion sold to nation". BBC News. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  6. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 124. ISBN 0851127029.

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