24h Le Mans
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest pays tribute to the memory of Chris Craft
It is with great sadness that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has learned of the death of Chris Craft. The British driver was an ever-present at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1971 to 1984.
Chris Craft’s 1971 début at the 24 Hours concluded in a splendid fourth place in a Ferrari 512 M. His Le Mans career was subsequently linked to that of his compatriot Alain de Cadenet. They finished third in 1976 and fifth in 1977, at the wheel of De Cadenet prototypes built on a Lola chassis.
Craft then joined Japanese manufacturer Dome from 1979 to 1983. One of his co-drivers in 1983 was none other than Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. In 14 Le Mans starts, Craft saw the chequered flag on seven occasions, also finishing 12th in 1972, 14th in 1975, 15th in 1978 and 25th in 1980. He made his final 24 Hours appearance in 1984 in a Porsche 956.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest extends its sincerest condolences to Chris’s family and loved ones.