Michel Leclère

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Michel Leclère (born 18th March 1946 in Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines, France) is a French former Grand Prix driver known for his time racing in Formula One.

He began his car racing career in French Formula 3, winning the title in 1972. He then stepped up into Formula Two, where he would spend a few years before stepping up into F1.

Formula One

1976: Shadow

By 1976, Leclère was driving for the Shadow team alongside Welshman Tom Pryce, sharing the second car in a part season with Italian driver Arturo Merzario. Leclère's best result in the Shadow was a eighth place in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Deeming the 1976 season as a failure, Leclère returned to Formula Two the following year.

1978: Ligier

Leclère returned to Formula One in 1978 at the German Grand Prix with Ligier Gitanes replacing Anton Roche. He was involved in a heavy accident with a spinning John Watson on lap one which shattered both ankles, which ruled him out for rest of his season. At the end of 1978, Leclère opted to retire from top line motorsport.

In his later life, Leclère joined Renault's historic motorsport team for corporate and demonstration events.