Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

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Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
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Jaussaud in 2009
Nationality French
Born (1937-06-03) June 3, 1937 (age 78)
Caen, France
Championship titles
1970 French Formula Three
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19661967, 19731983
Teams Matra, Renault, Mirage, Rondeau,
Best finish First 1978 and 1980
Class wins 1978 and 1980

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud (born June 3, 1937 in Caen, Calvados) is a French former racing driver, noted for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and 1980.

Jaussaud started racing in automobiles in 1962, taking courses in the Jim Russell Drivers School and the Winfield Racing School. In 1964, he graduated to Formula Three racing, with backing from Shell, and joined the works Matra team in 1966, where he stayed for two years, and won the French title in 1970, in a private Tecno.

In 1971 he moved full-time to Formula Two in a works March, and the following year drove a privateer Brabham and fought for the European Formula 2 title with Mike Hailwood. In 1975 Jaussaud quit single-seaters and entered endurance racing, where he was invited to drive for Renault Sport starting in 1976. Two years later, Jaussaud and partner Didier Pironi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race overall.

Although he tested the Renault F1 car, Jaussaud instead stayed in touring cars and endurance, winning the 1979 Production title in a Triumph Dolomite. Teaming up with Jean Rondeau, he won at Le Mans once more, and also took part in the Paris-Dakar Rally for Rondeau's team. Jaussaud continued racing until 1992, when he retired to become a racing instructor.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1966 France Matra Sports SARL France Henri Pescarolo Matra MS620 - BRM P 2.0 38 DNF DNF
1967 France Matra Sports SARL France Henri Pescarolo Matra MS630 - BRM P 2.0 55 DNF DNF
1973 France Equipe Matra-Simca Shell France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Matra-Simca MS670B S 3.0 331 3rd 3rd
1974 France Equipe Matra-Simca Gitanes France Bob Wollek
France José Dolhem
Matra-Simca MS670B S 3.0 DNF DNF
1975 United Kingdom Gulf Research Racing Co. Australia Vern Schuppan Mirage-Ford GR8 S 3.0 330 3rd 3rd
1976 France Inaltera Belgium Christine Beckers
France Jean Rondeau
Inaltera-Ford LM76 GTP 264 21st 3rd
1977 France Équipe Renault Elf France Patrick Tambay Renault Alpine A442 S 3.0 158 DNF DNF
1978 France Équipe Renault Elf France Didier Pironi Renault Alpine A442B S 3.0 369 1st 1st
1979 United States Grand Touring Cars Ltd.
France Ford Concessionaires France
Australia Vern Schuppan
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Mirage M10 S 3.0 121 NC NC
1980 France LePoint Jean Rondeau France Jean Rondeau Rondeau M379 S 3.0 338 1st 1st
1981 France Otis Jean Rondeau France Jean Rondeau Rondeau M379 S 3.0 58 DNF DNF
1982 France Otis Jean Rondeau France Jean Rondeau Rondeau M382 C 111 DNF DNF
1983 France Otis Jean Rondeau France Philippe Streiff M482 C 12 DNF DNF

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henri Pescarolo
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1968
Succeeded by
Ronnie Peterson
Preceded by
François Mazet
French Formula Three
Champion

1970
Succeeded by
Patrick Depailler
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
Hurley Haywood
Jürgen Barth
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1978 with:
Didier Pironi
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Bill Whittington
Don Whittington
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
Bill Whittington
Don Whittington
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1980 with:
Jean Rondeau
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell