Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jean-Pierre Beltoise Born In Paris, France - April 26 1937

April 26 1937 – January 5, 2015
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Born in Paris, France.
He was both a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. François Cevert was his brother-in-law. His two sons, Anthony and Julien, are both race drivers.

 Beltoise won 11 national motorcycle titles in three years. He competed in international Grand Prix motorcycle racing from the 1962 to 1964 seasons in the 50, 125, 250 and 500 cc classes. His best finish was a sixth place in the 1964 50 cc World Championship.

He competed in 88 Formula One Grand Prix, achieving one win and eight podium finishes. He later did most of the testing for the Ligier F1 team, and turned his attention to touring car racing in France, twice winning the French title for BMW before entering rallycross in an Alpine-Renault, with which he won the French title. In 1981 he returned to touring cars and raced for Peugeot throughout the 1980s. He was also a regular ice racer.

Beltoise died at his holiday home in Dakar, Senegal, on January 5, 2015, at 77 years of age, following two strokes.

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