ETC Drivers 1984
Jean Louis Schlesser
Jean Louis Schelesser.
Motor racing has always formed an important part of Jean-Louis's life, as his uncle was Jo Schlesser, the French Grand Prix driver.
Jean-Louis's own racing career began ten years ago when he graduated as top pupil from a racing school and won a single-seater for his trouble. After a few years learning the ropes, it all came good in 1978 when he became the French Formula 3 champion.
This success was followed up with good showings in 1980 when he wound up fourth in the French production saloon car championship; the following year he reverted to single-seaters and finished the season sixth overall in the prestigious European Formula 3 championship. In 1982 he moved further up the ladder finishing third in the French Formula 2 championship.
Jean-Louis's prowess in single-seaters led him to the small French circuit of Croix-en-Ternois in the winter of 1982 for a test with the Williams Grand Prix team. Of those present trying their hands at the wheel of a pukka Fl car, Jean-Louis was comfortably the quickest.
The Race of Champions proved to be one of the highlights of an otherwise poor year.
Something of an all-round sportsman Jean-Louis also enjoys cycling, tennis, flying, shooting and chess.
His only other outing last year came at the Macau Grand Prix - held this year for Formula 3 cars - which saw Schlesser finish sixth.Macau is a round the houses street race, and the most famous street race for F3 cars - the Monaco GP supporter - is another race that features high on Jean-Louis's list of favourites.
He has recorded one second and one third in this toughest of F3 races.