Jacky Ickx Biography: Jacques Bernard Edmon Martin Henry “Jacky” Ickx is a retired Belgian racing driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times and had eight victories and 25 podium finishes in Formula One.
Jacky Ickx Biography
Jacky Ickx Biography: Jacky Ickx was born on 1 January 1945 in Brussels, Belgium. Ickx was introduced to motorsports by his father, motoring journalist Jacques Ickx, who took him to races he covered. Despite his family history, Ickx had little interest in motorcycling until his father purchased him a 50cc Zündapp motorbike. He began racing in road races and motorcycle trials. He won the 50cc class at the 1962 Mettet Grand Prix road race before defeating future motocross world champion Roger De Coster in the 1963 Belgian 50cc trials national championship. Soon after, Ickx won 8 of 13 races in the first season and the European 50 cc trials championship.
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|Date Of Birth||1 January 1945|
|Birth Place||Brussels, Belgium|
|Net Worth||$30 Million|
Jacky Ickx Personal Life
Jacky Ickx is married to Khadja Nin, a singer. Vanina Ickx, his daughter, followed in her father’s footsteps and became a racing driver as well.
Jacky Ickx Net Worth
Jacky Ickx is a former Belgian professional race car driver with a $30 million net worth.
Jacky Ickx Career
Ickx contested his first Grand Prix at the Nürburgring 1966, driving a one-liter Formula Two (F2) Matra MS5-Cosworth car entered by Ken Tyrrell. However, a first-lap collision with John Taylor at Flugplatz resulted in the retirement of both cars, and Taylor then succumbed to burns sustained in the accident after his vehicle caught fire. In 1967 Ickx returned to the Nurburgring in a Tyrrell-entered F2 Matra MS7-Cosworth 1.6-liter. Denny Hulme and Jim Clark were the only drivers to qualify quicker than Ickx, despite the increased power of Formula One vehicles.
As Ickx competed in the separate F2 class, he began the race behind all Formula One cars. However, within four laps of the 28 km circuit, he had passed 12 Formula One cars and was in fifth place. Due to a broken front suspension, he was forced to retire after 12 laps, but he set the fastest lap among F2 competitors. He made his Formula One debut in a Cooper T81B-Maserati at Monza in 1967, finishing sixth despite sustaining a puncture on the final lap. In the 45th circuit of the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, he was forced to withdraw due to overheating.
In 1968, Ickx drove for Ferrari in Formula One. He started from the front row in his third race and finished third at his native track, Spa-Francorchamps. He won for the first time in torrential rain at the French Grand Prix in Rouen. Ickx also finished third at Brands Hatch and fourth at the Nürburgring despite racing without a helmet visor for most of each race. At Monza, he completed the race in third place. During practice in Canada, he crashed and fractured his left leg, so he did not start and also missed the United States Grand Prix. He returned in time for the season’s final race in Mexico. Ickx finished the 1968 Formula One season in fourth place with 27 points, trailing Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, and Hulme.
In 1979, he concluded his career as a Grand Prix driver at Ligier, stepping in for the injured Patrick Depailler and finishing 5th and 6th, but finding the ground effect cars dangerous and unsettling, as they were not adapted to his precise driving style. Ickx continued to win races in various sports car series, on which he had decided to focus solely.