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"Johnny Dumfries"
Nationality United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1986
Teams Lotus
Races 16 (15 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 3
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1986 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19871991
Teams Kouros Racing
Silk Cut Jaguar/TWR
Toyota Team Tom's
Courage Compétition
Best finish 1st (1988)
Class wins 1 (1988)

John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (born 26 April 1958 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute), styled Earl of Dumfries before 1993 and from this courtesy title usually known as Johnny Dumfries, is a Scottish peer and a former racing driver. He does not use his title and prefers to be known solely as John Bute.[1] The family home is Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.

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Racing career

Born into one of Scotland's oldest aristocratic families and the descendant of a British Prime Minister, Johnny Dumfries was heir to a large fortune. He turned his back on an expensive education at Ampleforth College and set about entering motor racing.[2]

He won the 1984 British Formula Three Championship. In 1986 he raced a single season in Formula One. He was a late addition to the Lotus team, apparently as a result of Ayrton Senna not wanting Derek Warwick as a team mate.[2] He competed in 16 Grands Prix for Lotus, which used 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.

In 1988, Dumfries won the 24 hours of Le Mans driving a Silk Cut-sponsored Jaguar XJR-9[4] and partnered in the team by Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers.

Wealth

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

He lives with his family in London and at Mount Stuart House, 5 miles south of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. In 2007 Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire was purchased for the nation for £45 million.[5]

Ancestry

Crichton-Stuart is the son of the 6th Marquess of Bute and the former Beatrice Weld-Forester, and is a descendant of King William IV of the United Kingdom, by his mistress Dorothy Jordan. William IV was Queen Victoria's uncle, this means that the Marquess of Bute is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He attended Ampleforth College, as had his father and most male members of the Crichton-Stuart family, but did not finish the normal six years of study.

In 1984, he married Carolyn Waddell and they were divorced in 1993. They have three children:

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

He married Serena Solitaire Wendell in 1999 and they have one child, a daughter:

  • The Lady Lola Affrica Crichton-Stuart b. 1999

Complete Formula One results

(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

References

Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Crichton-Stuart
Marquess of Bute
1993 -
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ayrton Senna
British Formula Three
Champion

1984
Succeeded by
Maurício Gugelmin
Preceded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1988 with:
Jan Lammers
Andy Wallace
Succeeded by
Jochen Mass
Manuel Reuter
Stanley Dickens
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin Brundle
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1984
Succeeded by
Andy Rouse
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