It is a page that is turned. He was “the Voice” of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to many people, he who raged on the circuits for several decades. The speakers of the Ardennes toboggan will not shake at the sound of his voice this year. Our colleague Christian Lahaye, journalist and former GO of the Belgian circuit championships, decided to put the microphone down. As he explains in a text that we deliver to you in extenso, Christian prefers to step aside rather than risk “the year too long”. An understandable decision knowing that the one who was the flagship editor of the motorsport section of your daily life until the 90s has been fighting against the disease for more than 10 years.
“If there is one activity that I liked, it was to be the speaker of the 24 Hours of Spa and the Belgian Grand Prix”, he explains. “In all, I have about seventy editions to my credit. Jean Leroy, the commentator at the time and friend of my father, taught me everything. He had a voice recognizable among a thousand and urged me to have my style. Humor, self-mockery, unfeigned emotions, my first few words to welcome the public with which I was in symbiosis and my unquenchable passion for motorsport did the rest. At the 24 Hours, my first night on the microphone dates from 1972. I had just turned 20. “
“In F1, I made my debut at Zolder in the 70s. And still in F1 but at Francorchamps, on the new track, I commented on the GPs from 1983. From 86 to 92, I joined Richard Debeir in the RTBF cabin . It was the Boutsen years! Richard Debeir changed my professional life. Then I returned to my first love at Spa (from 1993 to 2019 except twice). The Corona year (2020) allowed me to reflect and take the The microphone is over! You have to be in the game and in perfect physical shape. Would I have had the level? I don’t know and it is therefore much better that way! I avoided the years too many and, even if sadness overwhelms me sometimes, I do not regret my new situation. That’s life. “
“I have to give priority to illness, to my children and my grandchildren (soon to be 5). I will not be going on the circuit neither in the 24 Hours, nor in the Grand Prix. I do not want to be caught. by my emotionality but I will be an enthusiastic viewer. Finally, I wish the best to my successors. Hope to see you again. “