Eurosport Events Management Restructure
The Eurosport Group announced on June 18 that Jacques Behar has left his role as
Chairman and CEO of Eurosport Events, the group’s event organisation and promotion
subisidiary. Geraldine Filiol, currently Deputy Managing Director in charge of Rights
Acquisitions, succeeds Jacques Behar at the helm of Eurosport Events as Managing
Director. Geraldine Filiol also continues her role as Deputy Managing Director, Rights
Acquisitions, for the Eurosport Group, with Julien Bergeaud, Director of Rights Acquisitions
and Sales, taking over full responsibility for the rights department. Julien Bergeaud will
continue to report to Geraldine Filiol.
Laurent-Eric Le Lay, Chairman and CEO of the Eurosport Group, adds the role of Chairman
and CEO, Eurosport Events. Jacques Raynaud, Vice Chairman of the Eurosport Group,
becomes equally Vice Chairman of Eurosport Events.
Jacques Behar leaves Eurosport Events after 17 years with the Eurosport Group to pursue
personal interests. Jacques Behar initially joined Eurosport in 1992 as Director of Finance
and Administration. In 2003 he was appointed Managing Director, mainly in charge of
Finance and Administration, before he took charge of the development of Eurosport Events
IRC and ACM Press Conference on Friday 27 June
A press conference regarding the 2009 Monte Carlo Rally will take place at 14:30 on Friday 27
June, on the Ypres Rally media centre at the Novotel hotel in Ypres. Representatives from the
Automobile Club de Monaco and the IRC will present the programme and latest news of the
opening round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Betti and Pirelli to compete with Peugeot
IRC regular Luca Betti will drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 running on Pirelli tyres for the rest of
the season. The car will be run by a new Italian team, F.R. Special Cars, and will use Pirelli
Betti – whose previous exploits have included fifth overall on the Rallye du Valais last year in
a two-wheel drive Honda – had the chance to carry out a very short test with the car this
week, but he will have to treat his debut with the Peugeot in Ypres next week as a learning
“I’m delighted to have the chance to drive this car, but there will be a lot to get used to. Ypres
is a very specialised event so it is not the ideal place to be learning a new car, but we will
see what we can do.”
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Rally Manager, added: “We will bring a wide range of tyres to Ypres, as
anything can happen with the weather. It’s an event where the right tyre can make a big
difference, so we’re all hoping for a good result with Luca and our other drivers.”
Snijers tests Peugeot
Belgian rally legend Patrick Snijers has tested the Kronos Racing Peugeot 207 S2000 that
he will use on the Ypres Rally, his prize for winning the BFGoodrich Drivers’ Team seat for
his home round of the IRC next week.
The Belgian, one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Ypres Rally, was voted
for by a jury of 16 local journalists and will drive car number 17. Despite his years of
experience, it was the first time that he had driven a Super 2000 car. “I was really pleased
with my first taste of it,” said Snijers. “We progressively went through all the settings and now
I have a really good feeling with the car. I know I’ve got a good package behind me so it’s
just up to me to accumulate more kilometres – which I will do during the shakedown – in
order to start with confidence and determination.”
Snijers, co-driven on this occasion by Wim Soenens, will be one of the favourites for victory
on the Belgian event.
Strong entry for Sata Rallye Acores
The Sata Rallye Acores, one of the eight IRC Supporter Events that have registered for the
scheme so far, will feature a strong entry list when it gets underway from July 3-5.
Amongst the top stars competing on the island event will be the reigning IRC Champion,
Enrique Garcia Ojeda in a Peugeot 207 S2000 run by Peugeot Spain. Reigning Portuguese
Champion Bruno Magalhaes will drive a similar car. However, they will face considerable
opposition from former World Championship factory driver Xavier Pons, at the wheel of a
Mitsubishi Lancer. Andorran driver Albert Llovera, who lost the use of his legs in a skiing
accident several years ago, will drive an Abarth Grande Punto that has been especially
adapted with hand controls.