Peter Baert, commentator, producer and much admired member of the FIA European Rally Championship family, has passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 52.
Hugely respected, Peter’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for his job and the sports he covered were always evident.
A commentator on Formula One in Belgium for 30 years, Peter began working with Eurosport Events in 2008 on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge before he transferred his considerable skills to the ERC in 2013. He was a key pillar of the team behind Eurosport’s much revered coverage of rallying.
But while rallying was one focus, his expertise spanned a wide range of subjects from Formula One to Nordic skiing.
A fitness fanatic, Peter was equally at home in a commentary booth, production office or on the ground in a service park, paddock or stage end interviewing drivers. Multi-lingual, his friendly and engaging personality enabled him to strike an instant rapport with big names and emerging talents.
Despite his busy on-event schedule, Peter always found time to go that bit extra to help his colleagues by offering advice or passing on his knowledge. And if a shoot or edit weren’t quite running on time, Peter was always calm and never flustered.
Peter – like his trademark beige combat trousers and climbing boots – will be very much missed. He wasn’t just a colleague to many but a friend and a brother who is, quite simply, irreplaceable. The ERC, motorsport and broadcasting in general will be a poorer place without him.
Peter’s family has asked anybody who wishes to not to send flowers but instead make a donation to the “Kom op tegen kanker” (together against cancer) association in Belgium.
The bank details are as follows:
IBAN: BE03 4886 6666 6684 with reference: “140-138-426 Peter Baert”.
The address of the foundation is:
Kom op tegen kanker, Rue Royale 217, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium.
To all his family, friends and colleagues, Eurosport Events and the entire ERC family extends its deepest sympathies.
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