Nicolas Lapierre
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Nicolas Lapierre

Nicolas Lapierre (born 2 April 1984) is a French professional racing driver. He raced with Toyota and with Alpine Racing in the past seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is a two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, with overall victories in 2011 and 2018, and scored four LMP2 class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Career history

Early career

Born in Thonon-les-Bains, Lapierre started his career in 1993 in karting, finishing 3rd in the French championship in 1996, 6th in the European Championships in 1997 and reaching the finals of the European Junior Championship in 1998 before moving to French Formula Renault in 1999. He stayed there for 2000 and 2001, 2001 also seeing two races in Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. He again raced in French Formula Renault in 2002, also driving a full season of 2000 Eurocup and some races of French Formula Three (most of them being in the main class, although he drove two races in the B-Class also).

2003 saw Lapierre move to Formula Three Euroseries with the Signature team and earn a win in the Macau Grand Prix. He stayed in the Euroseries for 2004, also driving two races of British Formula 3.

With his reputation increasing and his talent proven, Lapierre was rewarded for his Euroseries performances with a drive in GP2 Series for current champions Arden Motorsport. He partnered with Heikki Kovalainen.

Lapierre driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

GP2 & A1GP

During 2005 Lapierre drove for A1 Team France in the A1 Grand Prix series helping the team win the championship and therefore the World Cup of Motorsport. Lapierre won both the sprint and main race events in Germany and Australia, the main race in Dubai and the sprint in Indonesia.

During 2006 he continued with the Arden team in GP2, however his season was interrupted by a spectacular first corner crash in Monaco in which he was a victim of someone else's accident. Lapierre received two compressed vertebrae in the crash and missed the British round of the series. Despite this, his points score was higher than the previous season's tally.

Lapierre was dropped at the end of 2006 and has since signed to participate in a 3rd season of GP2 for the DAMS team, which finished 10th overall in the constructors' standings and runs the French A1 GP team, which won the first season of A1 Grand Prix.

Touring Cars

Lapierre was announced as a LADA driver for the remainder of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship in August 2015, replacing Jaap van Lagen at the Russian team.[1]

Racing record

Career results

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Signature Plus Dallara F302/043 Sodemo HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
ADR
1

6
ADR
2

11
PAU
1

DSQ
PAU
2

15
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

6
LMS
1

13
LMS
2

5
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

Ret
A1R
1

16
A1R
2

10
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

9
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

7
MAG
1

5
MAG
2

6
11th 33
2004 Opel Team Signature-Plus Dallara F304/004 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

8
HOC
2

Ret
EST
1

3
EST
2

3
ADR
1

14
ADR
1

4
PAU
1

2
PAU
2

1
NOR
1

15
NOR
1

5
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

4
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

6
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

4
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

Ret
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
3rd 85

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Arden International IMO
FEA

DNS
IMO
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

9
MON
FEA

Ret
NÜR
FEA

12
NÜR
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA

3
MAG
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

9
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

6
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

13
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

23+
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

20
12th 21
2006 Arden International VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

3
IMO
FEA

3
IMO
SPR

7
NÜR
FEA

5
NÜR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
HOC
FEA

20
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

14
IST
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

4
9th 32
2007 DAMS BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

DNS
MON
FEA

Ret
MAG
FEA

8
MAG
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

DNS
NÜR
FEA

9
NÜR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

14
IST
FEA

15
IST
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

10
MNZ
SPR

17+
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

21
12th 23

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB SPA LMS
Ret
SIL
2
SÃO
1
BHR
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
3rd 96
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
4
SPA
Ret
LMS
4
SÃO COA FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
Ret
4th 69.5
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
3
COA
3
FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 6th 96
2015 KCMG LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
3
LMS
1
NÜR COA
2
FUJ SHA BHR 5th 84
2016 Signatech-Alpine LMP2 Alpine A460 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
4
SPA
1
LMS
1
NÜR
1
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
3
SHA
4
BHR
3
1st 199
2017 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
4
NÜR
3
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
2
BHR
4
6th 121
Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 SPA
5
LMS
Ret
12th 60
2018-19 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
3
FUJ
3
SHA
3
SEB
2
SPA
2
LMS
1
1st 181
2019-20 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
1
FUJ
5
SHA
Ret
BHR
6
COA
4
SPA
2
LMS
4
BHR 9th 103

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2015 Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta WTCC ARG
1
ARG
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
POR
1
POR
2
JPN
1

11
JPN
2

8
CHN
1

DSQ
CHN
2

9
THA
1

Ret
THA
2

DNS
QAT
1

10
QAT
2

10
16th 8

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2015 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC EST
1
11th 25
2016 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
3
RBR
Ret
LEC
3
SPA
1
EST
2
4th 76
2017 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
10
MNZ
2
RBR
Ret
LEC
7
SPA
5
ALG
9
11th 40
2018 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
Ret
MNZ
4
RBR
5
SIL
2
SPA
2?
ALG
13
7th 50.5
2019 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
7
MNZ
8
CAT
3
SIL
Ret
SPA
2
ALG
14
10th 44.5
2020 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
4
SPA
10
LEC
12
MNZ
4
ALG
9
8th 28.5

? Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2016 DragonSpeed P Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 DAY SEB
4
LBH LGA DET WGL MOS ELK COA PET 26th 29
2017 DragonSpeed P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH COA DET WGL MOS ROA LAG PET 39th 21
2018 Tequila Patrón ESM P Nissan Onroak DPi Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6 DAY
18
SEB
1
LBH MDO DET WGL
16
MOS ELK LGA PET 32nd 63
2019 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB MDO WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 13th 30
2020 Tower Motorsport By Starworks LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
4+
SEB ELK ATL
PET
LGA
SEB
NC+ 0+

+ Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship.

References

  1. ^ Abbott, Andrew (28 August 2015). "LADA sign Nicolas Lapierre to complete season". TouringCars.Net. Retrieved 2015.

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