Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, double winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has passed away, aged 84.
Jaussaud was born in Caen and started his journey in racing in 1962, before winning the French F3 title in 1970.
By then, he had already joined the Matra sportscar outfit and in 1966, he made the first of thirteen starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, partnering Henri Pescarolo in a factory-entered Matra MS620.
He would make a total of four starts at Le Mans with Matra, including third place in 1973, and via stints at Mirage and Inaltera eventually landed at Renault Sport in 1976.
It was there, alongside Didier Pironi, that he would take his first overall Le Mans win aboard the Renault Alpine A442B in 1978.
A second win would follow two years later, helping Jean Rondeau achieve the as yet unmatched feat of winning Le Mans in a car of his own making by taking the win in the Rondeau M379 in 1980.
Jaussaud would make four more starts with the Rondeau squad before hanging up his helmet in 1992.