Jean-Pierre Pernaut is gone. The iconic presenter of « 13H » of TF1 died this Wednesday, March 2, at the age of 71, following lung cancer. In addition to embodying regional France every noon, the native Picard was also passionate about motorsport. For example, he used to attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit as a spectator.
« Le Mans is a great race »
In 2014, Jean-Pierre Pernaut went to Sarthe to attend, from the paddocks, the 82nd edition of the most famous endurance race in the world : « Le Mans is always great. I love coming here, plus there’s a world of madness. Between Toyota, Audi and Porsche, it’s impossible to have a favourite! » commented at the time the interested party at the microphone of Cédric Lewkowicz.
Too old to start
Accustomed to driving on ice during the Andros trophy, Jean-Pierre Pernaut was also asked about a possible participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the GT Amateur category: « I saw that there is a 65 year old pilot, so I am registering for next year… No, more seriously, I think I have passed the age but no doubt that my son will participate one day » had quipped the already late presenter.
The tribute of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest
In a press release, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest also saluted the memory of the man who for a long time embodied the information at midday on TF1: « Passionate about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jean-Pierre Pernaut was able, in November 2012, to try his hand at the wheel of a Pescarolo prototype on the famous Bugatti circuit. He also relayed in his news the exploits of Frédéric Sausset » reacts the ACO on Twitter.