Was there ever a shorter career in international motor racing? Jean-Claude Rudaz packed Formula 1, the Le Mans 24 Hours and Formula 2 into the summer of 1964 – his only year competing on the international scene.
Rudaz drove a Fabre Urbain-entered F1 Cooper T60-Climax in four races that year. Ninth on the grid for his debut in the non-championship race at Syracuse (ahead of some notable names), his only finish was 14th in the International Trophy at Silverstone. He qualified for the Italian GP but a recalcitrant engine prevented him from making his world championship debut.
Away from F1, Rudaz drove René-Bonnet’s F2 and sports car chassis and was again 14th in the F2 Auvergne Trophy. He drove for Bonnet at both Le Mans and in the Tour de France Automobile but retired from both.
An airline pilot by profession, he founded the aviation cargo company Transvalair on October 1 1973 and it continues today specialising in transport between Switzerland and Africa.