By Phil Huff
February 24 2007
Starting out his professional career with Ford, working as an engine development engineer, Jacky was also an accomplished racer, driving as a privateer right up to Formula 3 level, before becoming a part time race engineer at KTR-F3 and then DAMS in F3000.
Jacky Eeckelaert :
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Engineering Director, Honda Racing F1
11 January 1955
Married with two children
Full time work took him through Champion Spark Plugs and then the WTCM Research Centre in Belgium, before he got his first big break.
Taken on by Peugeot Sport as a race engineer in 1992, thanks to his technical knowledge in both chassis and engine areas, he initially worked on the French Touring Car Championship programme, helping Laurent Aiello to take the title. After three years he was asked to oversee the Peugeot F1 project, taking on the Technical Coordinator role at Jordan Peugeot.
A switch in 1998 took him to the Peugeot powered Prost GP team as Chief Engineer, covering both testing and race days. A year later, Jacky managed to hand over the race programme, leaving him to concentrate on the test programme. However, an offer from Sauber in 2000 saw the amiable Belgian move to Switzerland, where he stayed for five years, becoming head of track engineering in 2002.
In 2006 a new challenge beckoned at Honda Racing F1, where Jacky's skills were put to use as the Chief Engineer on the Advanced Research programme. With the departure of Mark Ellis to Super Aguri Honda in 2007, Jacky now takes over the role as Engineering Director at the Brackley based squad.
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