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Jacques Coulon

Born:
15th January 1942 (Age 78)
Paris, Ile-de-France
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

When planning a career in motorsport, University Lecturer is not recognised as a normal stepping stone. This Parisian arrived late in the sport but showed enough promise to give up his teaching post. In truth, he was probably already too old when first successful and he eventually returned to his former calling.

Jacques Coulon came to prominence in Formula Renault during 1970 when his six wins were only good enough to finish as runner-up to François Lacarrau. He ended his first season in Formula 3 as part of the French team that won the 1971 European Team Cup and his Martini-Ford scored further victories in France and Britain late in 1972.

With ample backing from Antar, Coulon joined Ecurie Filipinetti for the 1973 Formula 2 season. He caused a sensation at Thruxton by qualifying his March 732-BMW on the front row and leading the race. However team owner Georges Filipinetti died soon afterwards and it was only after switching to Brian Lewis Racing that Coulon regained that early-season form – winning Vallelunga’s Rome Grand Prix to clinch fifth in the championship.

Despite rumours of a Formula 1 ride for 1974, he endured a disappointing F2 campaign with the works March team that year. Fourth at Mugello was his best result but the 32-year-old’s career was stalled. He raced at Le Mans in 1977 and 1979 and was frustrated by another F3 spell before resuming his scholastic career.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1978 European F3 Championship
Jacques Coulon
8 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 3
1974 European F2 Championship
March Racing Team
Trivellato Racing Team
9 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 5
1974 World Championship of Makes
P Mettetal
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1973 European F2 Championship
Brian Lewis Racing
Ecurie Filipinetti
13 (2) 0 4 1
8% win rate
5th 33