Bon Anniversaire Jean-Pierre Jabouille!
A very happy birthday to Renault F1 legend Jean-Pierre Jabouille – 77 years young earlier this month (1 October).
Jabouille is famous for achieving Renault’s first F1 Grand Prix victory – at the 1979 French GP held at Dijon.
However his contribution and association with Renault Sport goes way further than that…
He won 1976 European F2 title using Renault engines and became the test and development driver for the manufacturer’s first entry into F1, at 1977’s British F1 GP at Silverstone with the pioneering turbocharged R.S.01 (nicknamed the ‘Flying Teapot’).
Jabouille stuck with Renault through 1978 during its on-going development of turbocharged technology – achieving its first points finish with a fourth place at Watkins Glen’s USA GP that year.
In ’79 all the hard work paid off with that famous breakthrough win at Dijon and he also qualified on pole position at Hockenheim, Germany and Monza, Italy.
He took a second victory for Renault in 1980, at Austria’s Osterreichring, having also started from pole at Interlagos, Brazil and Kyalami, South Africa before being replaced for 1981 by future star Alain Prost.
Renault presence in Sao Paulo Senna tribute
Renault is set to take part in a special event prior to Interlagos’s Brazilian Grand Prix next month celebrating the life and career of Formula 1 legend, the late Ayrton Senna.
Three time World Champion Senna’s first race wins in F1 were with cars powered by Renault’s turbocharged engines when he drove for the Lotus team in 1985 and 1986.
In 1985, only his second season in the sport, he won the Portuguese and Belgian GPs at Estoril and Spa-Francorchamps and also qualified on pole position an astonishing seven times.
In 1986 he won twice more, at Jerez in Spain and Detroit, USA and this time made it eight pole positions during the season.
It is expected that Senna’s 1985 Lotus-Renaults, this famous black and gold 97T, will take part in the pre-Brazilian GP event in Sao Paulo.
Renault Sport Academy driver, 17-year-old Brazilian Ciao Collet (pictured) who currently competes in the Formula Renault Eurocup, will also demonstrate Renault’s E20 F1 car.
Two-way title showdown for Eurocup
The Formula Renault Eurocup title race will come down to a two-way fight in its final rounds in Abu Dhabi this weekend (25-26 October).
Either Australia’s Oscar Piastri or France’s Victor Martins will become Champion in the category’s first year of using an all-new Formula Renault car.
Martins beat Piastri into second place in the first of the season’s two penultimate rounds at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit earlier this month.
But in the second race Piastri struck back with a victory as Martins finished back in fifth.
It means Piastri will take a 13.5-point championship lead into the Abu Dhabi finale – held on the same Yas Marina circuit that will host Formula 1’s final round of 2019 in early December. A maximum of 50 points is possible from the two races.
Major result for WRX Mégane & Clio R.S.
GCK’s privately developed Megane R.S. has achieved its best result to date in a World Rallycross Championship event.
Norwegian Anton Marklund took second place in final at the team’s home circuit of Loheac.
Adding to the celebrations, the team’s Clio R.S. model – like the Mégane developed for WRX’s 600bhp rules – took fourth in the final at the hands of Rokas Baciuska.
Marklund’s Mégane and Baciuska’s Clio both made it to the semi-finals in the next event at Riga, Latvia as well to underline the performance of the two cars.
GCK is next in WRX action in the championship’s final rounds at Killarney, South Africa in early November.