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Monday 24 August 2015

Guy Ligier has left us…

It is with great sorrow that we received the news: Guy Ligier, a prominent figure in French motorsport, died on Sunday at the age of 85.

Guy Ligier was born in Vichy on July 12, 1930, and after careers in rowing, rugby and motorbikes, he moved into cars in 1957.

Guy Ligier raced in Formula Ford, Formula 2, Formula 1, GT, rally and endurance with his friend Jo Schlesser.

In 1976 he created his own Formula 1 team. The adventure lasted for 20 years, with more than 300 GPs contested, and 50 podiums. Jacques Laffite, Patrick Depailler, Didier Pironi and Olivier Panis had 9 Grand Prix victories with the Ligier team.

In 2004, he joined his friend Tico Martini to build prototypes for endurance racing.  In 2010, he became a shareholder of the “Société d’Economie Mixte et Sportive du Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours”, thus confirming his commitment to the circuit.

Since the creation of the circuit by Jean BERNIGAUD in 1961, Guy Ligier has always been a loyal supporter of Magny-Cours, working for the reconstruction of the circuit in 1990, the installation of his F1 team on the site and the organisation of the French Formula One Grand Prix from 1991.

His meeting with Jacques Nicolet has enabled the “Ligier” brand to continue to play a big role in French motorsport.

All the staff of the SAEMS and I, offer our condolences to the family of Guy as well as his many friends.

Serge Saulnier, President of the Executive Board of the International Circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours