He scored just three wins in six races, including season’s finale at Vallelunga, where he secured a championship title ahead of Hubert Hahne. This was the big moment for the young French driver and he made the most of it, leading the opening lap in a cloud of dust and using all the road and a lot of the edges, and he was followed by Hill keeping a discrete distance away, so that Siffert, Surtees and Rindt were close behind him. Aged 21, Servoz-Gavin started competing in national rally events but, after attending the Magny-Cours circuit racing drivers’ school, decided that he wanted to race single seaters. Johnny was dicing with Ickx and Rindt during the battle behind the reigning world champ. Bob King on Seasonal Salutations….
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Only fourteen cars completed the first lap for in the tunnel McLaren slid outwards, probably on petrol overflow from a car ahead of him because oil servoz-gavkn should be in the catchtank! After an era in which too many grand prix drivers…were to be seen pushing prams around the paddock, Johnny had the free-wheeling ways of my childhood heroes.
Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Matra MS84 Ford
He won the title with consistency taking 3 wins, 2 at Montlhery and 1 at the Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans. Servoz-Gavin finished fifth in the Spanish grand prix but had been worrying about his vision after a tree branch struck his face while he was driving an off-road vehicle the previous winter. With long blond hair and easy manner, he developed a playboy image he never shed. Johnny and Ronnie Peterson swapping notes on March chassis set up at Monaco in They didn’t finish the race.
He was aware of the possible consequences for his career and initially said nothing about it. By any assessment it had been a great start to his GP career, JSG appeared to have the world at his feet, perhaps the most promising of his generation of French drivers at that precise time.
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Still not finished with rallying, he participated again in the Monte Carlo Rally in early with Francois Janin in a Matra Djet but failed to finish the event won again by a Cooper S, this time crewed by Timo Makinen and Paul Easter. For Tyrrell selected him to drive alongside Stewart on a regular basis, but the team started the year with uncompetitive March chassis as Tyrell wanted to keep rcing Ford engines: Servoz-havin Ford Schlegelmilch.
This page was last edited on 9 Marchat It was a Formula 2 car and he retired early, servoz-gxvin just four laps. Interested to know where and when and car details from any of you French F3 experts G Gamand.
French Formula Three Champion He was a throwback to Alfonso de Portago, a reminder that not all racing drivers lived like monks. The slightly less raucous noise of the V12 B. Exalted, and vastly more experienced company indeed.
Johnny qualified the heavy, complex jobnny on the second last row and again brought it home, this time in 7th place. He took one championship point at Mosport, finishing sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix.
With a little over 4 hours to go he was up to second, the home crowd getting more and more excited…but at Servoz, Le Mans11th in terms of laps completed but not running at the finish Klemantaski. The V12 Matra powered T86B was not as powerful or nimble a conveyance as the Matra but he popped it 15 th on the grid, in front of Vic Elford in the other Cooper but retired on lap 15 after an accident on the greasy surface.
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Johnny Servoz-Gavin was a French racing driver who was active during the s, ending his career in In the sports servoz-tavin races, he participated four times at Le Mans 24 Hoursall four with Matra and not finishing neither one of those four races.
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He was treated in hospital and then awaited recovery spending most of his time in a darkened room for 5 weeks…. Ickx pitted for fuel in the final laps but it was a mighty fine performance by Servoz.
If raing name looked great on the side of the cockpit, so also the man looked the part. Coates Hire Newcastle After that, he participated in all three races of the North American tour in an exceptional Matra MSCosworth four-wheel-drive F1 car.
Jackie Stewart had been forced to miss the race with a damaged wrist.