Jim Clark: All-time great

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Jim Clark, born in Scotland on this day in 1936, was one of the undisputed all-time legends of motorsport.

He was a two-time Formula One world champion in 1963 and 1965. By the time he died he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and more pole positions (33) than anyone before him. He's pictured here at the Belgian GP in 1962, which he won.

Clark also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on three occasions. He was the first Formula One driver to be victorious in the Indianapolis 500, in 1965.

Sadly Clark was killed in a racing accident at Hockenheim on April 7 1968, just a month after he had turned 32. He was competing in a Formula Two race when his Lotus 48 veered off and crashed into trees. He suffered a broken neck and skull fracture in the crash. CLark passed away before reaching the hospital. His gravestone in Chirnside lists him as 'Farmer' ahead of 'World Champion Motor Racing Driver'.

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