Two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jean-Pierre Jaussaud has passed away at the age of 84.
The Frenchman earned his first win in the French endurance classic in 1978 at the wheel of a Renault Alpine A422B alongside Didier Pironi, while having teamed with the late Jean Rondeau in his M379B-Ford Cosworth for top overall honors in 1980.
Jaussaud made a total of 13 appearances in the race between 1966 and 1983, all but two coming behind the wheel of French-built prototypes, while scoring three additional podium finishes.
In addition to his exploits in endurance racing, Jaussaud was also an accomplished single-seater driver, having won the Monaco F3 Grand Prix in 1968 and the French F3 title in 1970.
“Jean-Pierre was not only a very talented driver, but also a particularly appreciated person in the paddock,” said ACO President Pierre Fillon.
“Papy Jaussaud has passed away, but the memories will remain intact. His emotion at the podium in 1978 marked a generation of enthusiasts.
“His victory in 1980 with his teammate and friend Jean Rondeau will forever remain as one of the sport’s greatest achievements.
“On behalf of all at the ACO, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”