from FIA Karting
Former President of the National Karting Commission of the French Motor Sport Federation (FFSA), and former French representative on the CIK-FIA Commission, Jean-Pierre Deschamps died suddenly at his home on Sunday 4th April 2021 at the age of 74.
An emblematic figure in French karting, he founded the ASK Rosny 93 club and chaired it since 1998, and was President of the Ile-de-France Karting League for nearly 25 years. He organised several international CIK-FIA events on the Carole circuit near Paris, including a World Championship and a World Cup.
During a busy life devoted to karting, Jean-Pierre Deschamps has done much to promote the discipline through the training of young people and opening up to new audiences, notably by launching the concept of the FFSA’s French Karting Schools. In 2000, the former President of the CIK-FIA, Yvon Léon, entrusted him with the presidency of the Youth Commission that he had just created within the international body.
Jean-Pierre Deschamps has also worked actively to support the careers of many drivers in both karting and motor racing. Franck Pereira, Arnaud Kozlinski, Loïc Duval, Alexandre Prémat, Nelson Panciatici, Kévin Estre, Théo Pourchaire and of course Esteban Ocon, who started at ASK Rosny 93 in Minikart, are among those who have raised the club’s colours high.
The CIK-FIA and the Geneva office staff send their sincere condolences to his wife Marie-Noëlle, his children and his family.