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NZ motorsport legend Chris Amon dead aged 73

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NZ legend Chris Amon © Getty Images NZ legend Chris Amon

New Zealand motorsport icon Chris Amon has died aged 73.

Amon competed regularly in the Formula 1 from 1963 to 1976.

He's most well known for winning the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race alongside Bruce McLaren in a Ford GT40.

Amon was regarded as one of the best drivers to never win a Grand Prix in Formula One, finishing on the podium 11 times in 108 starts.

Having established himself as one of the very best drivers in the world, he went on to drive for March and Matra in Formula 1, and for BMW in the European Touring Car Championship.

Chris Amon at the start of the British Grand Prix in 1970. © Getty Images Chris Amon at the start of the British Grand Prix in 1970.

He retired from Formula 1 in 1976, and from all motor racing in 1977 when he returned to New Zealand.

For many years Amon has been a consultant to Toyota and the winner of the Toyota Racing Series receives the Chris Amon Trophy.

Amon was awarded an MBE for his services to motorsport in 1993, and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

He battled cancer in recent years but retained a close interest in Formula 1.

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