• Dec 13th 2010 at 7:01PM
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Tom Wilkinshaw, a former racer and Formula One team owner, passed away this weekend after a long fight with cancer at the age of 64. Wilkinshaw began making a name for himself in the racing world when he took the 1969 Formula Ford title, though he didn't stop at the open-wheel leagues. After taking the European Touring Car Championship in 1984 with a Jaguar XJS, the sportsman took the Bathurst 1000 in the same car with co-drivers John Goss and German Armin. Wilkinshaw also snagged the Le Mans and Sportscar titles before jumping out of the cockpit to lend a hand with the legendary Benetton F1 team as an engineering director.

While there, Wilkinshaw helped usher Michael Schumacher to the first F1 wins of his career. After his time with Benetton, the Scot worked under the Ligier and Arrows banners before leaving F1 for Australian Supercars. Hit the jump to see the man in action behind the wheel of a Jaguar V12 XJS.

[Sources: Formula 1, The Sydney Morning Herald]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez I own a 1995 Jaguar XJS, watching that car hoping about 10 feet sideways through that one corner would have given my heart a bit of a blip. An XJS -12 car is no lightweight especially on the front end, are you sure that was a 12 cylinder car and not the six, because it sure sounds like the 4.2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP Tom.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a shame. I had a friend who worked for TWR. How fast the times change...
      My condolences to TW's family.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man that video was awesome. Balls of steel there. That track was nasty, off-camber turns, really uneven surface, and solid walls of dirt directly abutting the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Walkinshaw not Wilkinshaw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been following his team in the prototype and GT races.
      This is a tragic loss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      re: the big C-------cigarettes or exhaust fumes?
      • 4 Years Ago
      SERIOUSLY, you guys need to have your editors read your writing more before hitting the POST button.

      "While there, Wilkinshaw helped usher Michael Schumacher to the first F1 wins of his career"

      It's Walkinshaw guys....
        • 4 Years Ago
        They got it right in the title and then misspelled it every time afterwards, even in the tags.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My condolences to his family.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Wilkinshaw helped usher Michael Schumacher to the first F1 wins of his career"

      Geez, have enough respect to get his name right in his passing notice.
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