Ton van Heugten

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Ton van Heugten
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Ton van Heugten (1980)
Nationality Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Born(1945-09-09)September 9, 1945
Died(2008-03-27)March 27, 2008
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Sidecarcross World Championship
Active years1972–1989
Championships (1) 1981
1989 championship position10th
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
223341061921

Antonius Maria van Heugten (9 September 1945 – 27 March 2008) was a Dutch sidecarcross rider and the 1981 World Champion in the sport, together with his passenger Frits Kiggen. [1]

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He has also won the Dutch national sidecarcross championship four times, 1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980 and the FIM European Championship in 1975.

Biography

Antonius Maria van Heugten, commonly referred to as Ton van Heugten, was born on 9 September 1945, as the second-last of fifteen children. He was born into a family of motocross enthusiasts, [1] having nine brothers and five sisters. [2] One of his brothers, Cor van Heugten, was Dutch national sidecarcross champion, from 1964 to 1966, while another brother, Fons van Heugten, also competed in the FIM European Championship.

Ton van Heugten was a BMX pioneer in the Netherlands, taking part in competitive races when he wasn't allowed to race motocross in the 1950s. [3]

He began riding in the solo class from the age of ten, but was not allowed to take part in competitions due to his age. He won the Dutch national championship in the 50 cc class in 1963, in the 250 cc class in 1964 and 1965 and in the 500 cc class in 1966. He also competed in the Motocross World Championship. He suffered a complicated leg fracture in 1966. [1]

Van Heugten took up the sidecarcross sport in 1971 and remained active in motor sport until 1989. As his reason for switching from the solo version of the sport to the sidecarcross one at the age of 25, he stated that he considered it too late to switch once he was over 30. [1]

In 1982, he and Frits Kiggen took part in the Rally Paris-Dakar. [1]

Ton van Heugten died on 27 March 2008 of a heart attack, aged 62. He was buried in his home town Amersfoort on 2 April 2008. [1]

Sidecarcross world championship results

Ton van Heugten made his debut in the FIM Cup, a predecessor of the world championship, in 1972, in the second year of the competition. With his passenger Jaak Wery he achieved a third place overall in the competition. [4]

In 1974, he switched passengers, racing with Dick Steenbergen. He raced with Steenbergen for five seasons, winning the competition, now renamed the FIM European Championship, in 1975. [5] The team had a difficult year in 1978, struggling in the domestic championship and finishing only twelfth in Europe.

From 1979, Ton van Heugten used Frits Kiggen as his passenger, the two becoming a very successful combination. From 1980 onwards, the European championship was renamed the FIM World Championship and van Heugten, finishing fourth in its first year, became the second world champion in 1981, [6] despite Kiggen, his passenger, having broken his collar bone during the season and having to be replaced with Sies Hurkmans for four races.

Ton van Heugten continued to be a successful rider in the world championship, finishing in the top-three four more times. He won his last world championship race at the Portuguese GP in 1986, his last really strong season, finishing third overall. [7]

Ton van Heugten continued to race internationally until 1989, when he retired.

Season by season

The competition which was to become the sidecarcross world championship in 1980 originated as the FIM Cup in 1971 and was renamed to European championship in 1975. Van Heugtens's results in these three competitions were: [8]

SeasonPassengerEquipmentPositionPointsRacesWinsSecondThird
1972 Jaak Wery Norton-Wasp354823
1973 Jaak WeryNorton-Wasp121721
1974 Dick Steenbergen Yamaha-Wasp4771422
1975 Dick SteenbergenYamaha-Hagon114118534
1976 Dick SteenbergenYamaha-Hagon411016314
1977 Dick SteenbergenYamaha-Hagon92962
1978 Dick SteenbergenYamaha-Hagon122010
1979 Frits Kiggen Weslake-Wasp6821413
1980 Frits KiggenYamaha-EML412618215
1981 Frits KiggenYamaha-Wasp11691491
Sies Hurkmans474121
1982 Frits KiggenYamaha-Wasp31028413
Jaap van Vliet22411
1983 Jaap van VlietYamaha-Tri152431
1984 Frits KiggenFolan-Wasp223220414
1985 Frits KiggenFolan-Wasp323818362
1986 Frits KiggenFolan-EML 33922
Ton Maessen746112
Piet Vandeutekom13312213
1987 Piet VandeutekomFolan-VMC 3662
1988 Andre Godschalk KTM-EML12366
Ralph Hoormann4742
1989 Epe WillemsKTM-EML1096143
Overall 1972 - 19891921223342844

Honours

World Championship

European Championship

Netherlands

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References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Reinhard Böhler
Sidecarcross World Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Emil Bollhalder
Preceded by
new competition
Sidecarcross European Champion
1975
Succeeded by
Robert Grogg
Preceded by
Broer Dirkx
Dutch national sidecarcross champion
1975–1976
Succeeded by
Willie van de Laan
Preceded by
Willie van de Laan
Dutch national sidecarcross champion
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Jan Bakens