Jean-Pierre Jabouille obituary

Although Jean-Pierre Jabouille was far from being the best-known member of an outstanding generation of French racing drivers, he could claim a unique distinction. At Dijon in 1979 he became the first driver to win a Formula One race in a turbocharged car, heralding a new era. Entering and maintaining his own car, he finished second to François Cevert in the 1968 French championship, winning five races. After accepting a job as the Alpine team’s development driver, Jabouille was also given the occasional race in Formula Two and sports cars. His Formula One career over, he competed in France’s Supertourisme series before joining Peugeot’s sports car team, again twice finishing third at Le Mans, in 1992 and 1993.

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