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Guy Chasseuil, born 26 January 1942 in Paris, is a French former racing driver. During his racing career he specialized in rallying and endurance racing.

Guy Chasseuil
NationalityFrance French
Born26 January 1942
Paris, Ile-de-France
Debut season1966

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CareerEdit

Guy Chasseuil's first major race was the 1966 24 Hours of Spa, driving an NSU 1000 TT.

Chasseuil began his career in the early 1960s in the French Rally Championship, first with co-driver Jean Todt, then Christian Baron. He achieved success in African rallies, but only raced the Paris Dakar once in 1981 in a Porsche 924.[1]

Although he remained active in rallying throughout his career, he achieved notable successes in road and circuit racing. In 1968 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and one year later won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps with his longtime teammate Claude Ballot-Léna. In 1970, he celebrated his first class victory at Le Mans, when he finished sixth overall with Ballot-Léna in a Porsche 914/6 GT. In 1970, he partnered with Ove Andersson and Björn Waldegård at the Marathon de la Route at the Nürburgring, where the trio placed third overall.

Over the course of his career Chasseuil had twelve Le Mans starts. He came closest to an overall win in 1975 as a works driver with Ligier. Chasseuil and partner Jean-Louis Lafosse piloted one of three Ligier JS2s. The duo was to drive a conservative race and bring the Ligier safely to the finish. When two JS2s retired during the night, however, team management changed tactics and let the Chasseuil/Lafosse car chase the leaders. The two gradually moved up the field, finishing second to the Gulf GR8 of Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell because they ran out of time.

He continued racing sports cars until the early 1980s, appearing at the Sarthe for the last time in 1981. Chasseuil was one of three driving the 917 K/81 for Kremer Racing. The modified twelve-year old design was not competitive, and retired after only 82 laps having damaged an oil line during an off-course excursion.

In the early 1980s Chasseuil also appeared in some World Rally Championship races. At the 1982 Tour de Corse, he drove a Ferrari 308GTB supplied by the French Ferrari importer Charles Pozzi. Ten years earlier he had driven a Ford GT40 in the same rally.

After his racing career ended he became a stuntman/stunt-driver, and worked on films such as Le Mans, and Ronin.[2]

Major racesEdit

StatisticsEdit

Le Mans ResultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1968   France Auguste Veuillet   France Claude Ballot-Léna Porsche 911T GT
2.0
224 DNF DNF
1969   France Auguste Veuillet   France Claude Ballot-Léna Porsche 911T GT
2.0
301 11th 2nd
1970   France Établissement Sonauto   France Claude Ballot-Léna Porsche 914/6 GT GT
2.0
285 6th 1st
1971   France Auguste Veuillet   France Claude Ballot-Léna Porsche 908/02 P
3.0
169 DNF DNF
1972   France Société Franco-Brittanc   France Jean Vinatier De Tomaso Pantera S
+3.0
3 DNF DNF
1973   France Porsche Sonauto BP Racing   United States Peter Gregg Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GTS
3.0
298 14th
1974   France Automobiles Ligier   France Michel Leclère Ligier JS2 S
3.0
82 DNF DNF
1975   France Gitanes Automobiles Ligier   France Jean-Louis Lafosse Ligier JS2 S
3.0
336 2nd
1976   France Ecurie Batteries-Piles TS   France Claude Ballot-Léna
  France Xavier Mathiot
WM P76-Peugeot GTP 125 DNF DNF
1977   France Hubert Striebig   France Hubert Striebig
  France Hughes Kirschoffer
Porsche 934/5 Gr. 5 65 DNF DNF
1978   France Auto Daniel Urcun   France
  France Marcel Mignot
Porsche 934 GT
+3.0
61 DNF DNF
1981   Germany   France Bob Wollek
  France Xavier Lapeyre
Porsche 917 K81 S
+2.0
82 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "[1981] Guy CHASSEUIL / Olivier GAUVAIN - PORSCHE 924 n°129". www.dakardantan.com.
  2. ^ "Guy Chasseuil". www.imdb.com.

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