Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978 and 1980, has died at the age of 84. The has announced the organizer of the famous endurance competition.
Despite his successes at Le Mans, Jaussaud didn’t get a chance in Formula 1, as was the case with his French contemporaries Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Gérard Larrousse and Henri Pescarolo. In Formula 3, Jaussaud won the Monaco Grand Prix in 1968, in the same category he took the national title in 1970. Two years later he became European Vice Champion in Formula 2.
Jaussaud took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans thirteen times between 1966 and 1983. He drove for Matra, Renault-Alpine (victory in 1978) and Rondeau (victory in 1980).