Formally named John Crichton-Stuart, however recognized to mates as Johnny Bute, he took on the surname he grew to become recognized by to race followers worldwide so as to maintain his background as low profile as potential.
An announcement from his household mentioned that he was “devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, son and grandfather and liked by all.”
Dumfries first made his identify in FF1600 driving a Ray, having raised funds working as a painter and decorator, and as a van driver for the Williams workforce. When he arrived on the scene few folks knew that he was really the Earl Of Dumfries, son of the Marquess of Bute.
He rapidly progressed to F3, profitable the British title in 1984. After a irritating yr within the first season of F3000 in 1985 – a yr when he additionally examined commonly for Ferrari – he was propelled into the Lotus F1 workforce alongside Ayrton Senna in 1986.
Nevertheless he struggled within the Brazilian’s shadow, scoring factors solely twice, with a fifth in Hungary and sixth in Australia. He was dropped on the finish of the yr, and it could show to be his solely F1 season, though later he examined for Benetton.
He moved to sportscar racing in 1987, initially with Richard Lloyd’s Porsche workforce, earlier than profitable Le Mans with TWR Jaguar the next yr. He then switched to the TOM’s Toyota outfit. He made his remaining look at Le Mans with the Braveness workforce in 1991.
After his racing profession wound down his life modified on the loss of life of his father in 1993. Having grow to be the seventh Marquess of Bute, he ran the household’s Mount Stuart property on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
An announcement famous: “The indomitable spirit and vitality which Johnny delivered to his life will likely be vastly missed, and the immense heat and love with which he embraced his household.
“His coronary heart was firmly rooted on the Island of Bute the place he spent a lot of his time. Johnny chaired the Board of Mount Stuart Belief from its lively inauguration in 2005 when Mount Stuart and its gardens opened to the general public, and its rural property was vested into the charitable belief.
“He was a moderniser and an inspirational thinker, transitioning a household residence to a progressive, working customer facility and property.”