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"Jean Lucienbonnet" was an amateur who combined rallying an Alfa Romeo with racing in Formula Junior and sports cars. A mechanic by profession, he dabbled with international races as the 1950s drew to a close and middle age approached.
Monaco Grand Prix non-qualifier
First, he raced at Le Mans in 1958 and shared the 18th-placed DB HBR4-Panhard with Robert Mougin. He bought a Formula 2 Cooper T45-Climax a year later and raced at Goodwood in the Lavant Cup. He entered the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix but failed to qualify by some margin.
"Lucienbonnet" then raced in Formula Junior and his Stanguellini was second at a wet Montlhéry in 1960. Two years later and now running a motorboat business in his native Nice, his Lotus 22-Ford won an Italian FJ round at Caserta and finished a close second behind "Geki" Russo at Monza.
The series then visited the high-speed Enna-Pergusa track on Sicily and his run of success came to a tragic end. He swerved to avoid a wheel that had been shed by a rival and he crashed at high speed. The car rolled with "Lucienbonnet" thrown clear and killed instantly.