A prominent Monaco personality, Gérard Brianti, has been killed while taking part in the fourth stage of the historic rally of Morocco. Well-respected in the Principality, he was a well-known member of both the Automobile Club of Monaco and the Monaco Yacht Club.
The property developer was driving a Porsche 911 when the car left the road on Wednesday, May 10. There was no news on Thursday morning on the condition of his co-driver, Freddy Delorme.
Gérard Brianti, 64, won the 2013 edition of the Monte-Carlo Historic Rally in an Alpine A110S. An enthusiastic sporting all-rounder, Mr Brianti was awarded the Vermeil Medal of Physical Education and Sports in 2013 by Prince Albert. He served as Vice-President of AS Monaco in the 2000s and was a important member of the Monaco Yacht Club, where he was appointed Commodore in January 2015.
In a statement on Thursday, Monaco Yacht Club Director Bernard d’Alessandri praised Mr Brianti for his dedication to the club. He was an accomplished yachtsman appreciated by all, Mr D’Alessandri said, adding: “In these painful moments, all our most friendly thoughts go to his wife, Brigitte, and their children. All Yacht Club members associate themselves with the immense sadness of Gerard’s family.”