Spa Francorchamps circuit management have confirmed the death of Nathalie Maillet, their popular CEO with local news reports suggesting that a domestic incident involving her husband has resulted in her death together with that of a close friend, and of her husband, ex Fun Cup organiser Franz Dubois at their home in Luxembourg.
Melchior Wathelet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps: “My thoughts are with Nathalie’s family, her parents, her loved ones and her teams. I know how much this news will upset our teams and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the entire Circuit team on behalf of the entire Board. Today, we are losing a highly respected lady, a true leader who will be greatly missed. Nathalie had become the face of the Circuit, she embodied the passion for racing that we all share.”
After involvement as a competitor in Fun Cup and later as the co-organiser of the Nascar Whelen Euro Series – American Festival Finals and the Nascar WES International Circuit Competition Team, Nathalie had been CEO of the Spa Francorchamps circuit for five years, guiding the world-famous venue through a period of huge challenge and change.
She did so as a very visible presence in the paddock of all major race meetings and the news of her death has been received with real sorrow at Le Mans today as it surely will too amongst the SRO family for whom the Spa 24 Hours is the keystone annual event.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “We are particularly shocked and upset by this news. We were in regular contact in the past few years, in particular in relation to the FIA World Endurance Championship. Nathalie was passionate about motorsport and spared no effort in defending our causes. On behalf of the ACO, I extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family and to the staff of Spa-Francorchamps. They can count on our support in this difficult time.”
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Nathalie Maillet. Nathalie always gave the FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series the warmest of welcomes. She was a woman full of energy, ideas and was a great pleasure to work with. On behalf of LMEM, I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends, and of course to the entire team at Spa-Francorchamps.”
All at DSC send our condolences to our friends and colleagues at Spa and to the Maillet family.