Jean-Marc Gounon (Aubenas, 1 January 1963) is a French Former racing driver, who drove also in Formula 1.
He debuted in Karts in 1978. In 1985 he moved to uncover wheels races in Formula Renault. In 3 seasons he won 6 races and for 2 times he reached the 2nd place in the Championship. In 1988 he moved to French Formula 3 Championship, where he conquested the title and 5 victories the following year.
In 1990 he moved to Formula 3000 with Mansell-Madgwick Team, reaching the 9th place. In 1992 he raced for DAMS, obtaining also in this season a victory.
He debuted in Formula 1 on 24 October 1993. He took part 9 Grand Prix without scoring points.
- This MOMO steering wheel in our collection belonged to the French driver Jean-Marc Gounon, who had a very short career in the top flight (only two seasons). His second and final year in F1 was raced behind the wheel of a Simtek S941, a somewhat uncompetitive car and, in an unfortunate and fatal case, also poorly assembled. Jean-Marc Gounon actually replaced driver Roland Ratzenberger who had died during the qualifying session crash at the San Marino Grand Prix. It was caused by the detachment of the wing of his car that, effectively preventing its proper handling which led to the tragic outcome witnessed by drivers, journalists and spectators alike.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)