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Érik Comas
Comas lm2005.jpg
Comas in 2005
Born (1963-09-28) 28 September 1963 (age 57)
Romans-sur-Isère, Drôme, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years1991-1994
TeamsLigier, Larrousse
Entries63 (59 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points7
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1991 United States Grand Prix
Last entry1994 Japanese Grand Prix

Érik Comas (born 28 September 1963) is a French former Formula One driver. He was French Formula 3 champion in 1988, and then Formula 3000 champion in 1990, after scoring the same number of points as Jean Alesi in 1989, but losing on a count-back of positions. He participated in 63 Grands Prix, debuting on 10 March 1991. He scored a total of 7 championship points. His last point, in the 1994 German Grand Prix, was also the last one for the Larrousse team.

Career

Formula One

1991 and 1992: Ligier

After his F3000 championship victory in 1990, Comas was selected to drive for the Ligier F1 team in 1991. The Ligier JS35 with its Lamborghini engine proved uncompetitive throughout the season. Comas failed to qualify for the race on his first attempt in Brazil, achieved his first finish with 10th at Imola, and achieved his highest finish of the season with 8th in Canada, scoring no points during the season. Although he failed to qualify on two other occasions and suffered a spectacular crash at Hockenheim, he generally compared well with more experienced teammate Thierry Boutsen who also failed to score any points. Early in 1992, Comas's place in the team was briefly threatened by Alain Prost who tested the team's new Renault-powered car with a view to driving for, and possibly buying the team. Ultimately Prost chose not to proceed, and Comas retained his drive alongside Boutsen for the season. The 1992 car, the Ligier JS37 seemed promising, a brand new design featuring the race-winning Renault V10 engine, but it proved to be only inconsistently competitive. Comas scored his first career F1 point with 6th place in Canada, scored 5th at Ligier's home race in France and a further point in Germany during a mid-season revival of the team's fortunes. With four points, he was generally faster than and outscored Boutsen, and finished 11th in the Driver's Championship. At the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix Comas was involved in a severe accident at the Blanchimont corner during Saturday qualifying. Left unconscious in his car beached in the middle of the track with the engine still running, Comas was rescued by Ayrton Senna who stopped his own car, ran to help Comas, and held the Frenchman's head in a stable position [1] until medical assistance arrived. Comas credited Senna with saving his life.

1993 and 1994: Larrousse

Despite performing well in 1992, Comas was not retained by Ligier for 1993. Instead, he signed with the small Larrousse team, running the LH93 chassis powered by Lamborghini V12s. The car was uncompetitive, Comas retiring from half the 16 races of the season, and scoring only one point for 6th at Monza. Retained by Larrousse for 1994, Comas drove the LH94 car, now powered by more reliable Ford HB engines. Comas scored a precious point for 6th at the Pacific Grand Prix, and benefited from the retirement of many other cars to take another point at Hockenheim. This would be Comas, and Larrousse's final F1 points finish. For the last race of the season in Australia, Comas relinquished his seat to make way for Jean-Denis Delétraz who brought more funding to the team.

At the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Comas was mistakenly waved out of the pits and drove onto the circuit during the red flag which followed the fatal crash of Ayrton Senna. Marshals frantically tried to flag Comas down through the Tamburello corner and he narrowly avoided rescue workers and vehicles, including an aid helicopter which had landed at the scene, before bringing his Larrousse to a stop. Comas failed to restart the race due to the distressing scenes he witnessed as medical staff tried to revive Senna - especially significant for Comas after Senna had assisted him after his own serious accident at the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix.

After Formula One

After ending his Formula One career at the end of the 1994 season, he went to Japan to continue his racing career in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), Japan's premiere racing series. He was successful quickly and he won the GT500 title in 1998 and 1999, as well as runner-up in the standings in 2000, all three years driving for Nissan in a factory Nismo-prepared Skyline GT-R. He left the Nismo team in 2002 to join the factory Toyota team the following year. By the end of the 2003 season, he was the most successful driver in the history of the series, with the most career championship points ever scored by a single driver. This was eventually surpassed by another Nismo driver, Satoshi Motoyama.

After a decent run with Toyota, Comas spent the 2004/2005 seasons with Masahiro Hasemi's privateer Hasemi Sport team, running non-factory Nissan 350Zs in GT500, including inheriting the team's only win (co-driving with Toshihiro Kaneishi) thus far, on the evening of 18 December 2004 at the "All-Star 200" exhibition race on California Speedway's combined oval / road course after the unofficial winners were penalized 60 seconds on their finishing time for a pit window infraction. Unfortunately, the race was a non-points scoring event and as such does not count towards the drivers' or teams' official win record.

In the 2006 Super GT championship season (formerly JGTC) he raced for former JGTC driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans team owner Masahiko Kondo's all new privateer Nissan 350Z racing team. He also branched out into rallying, competing in various events around the world. Along with this, he created Comas Racing Management (CRM), a firm that focuses on the management and development of young up and coming drivers, primarily from his home country of France.

At 5th race of the 2006 season at Sportsland SUGO, Comas was replaced with later Pokka 1000 km third driver Seiji Ara due to what the CRM website referred on as, "ill health".[2] After coming back for the Pokka 1000 km, on 5 September 2006, Comas announced on his website that because of his health, he would not compete in the final 3 races of the season.[3]

Comas was known for not wearing a tinted visor, preferring to wear sunglasses underneath his visor. His son, Anthony Comas, competed in the Formula BMW UK series for Carlin Motorsport.

Comas has now effectively retired from all forms of racing. He spends his time running Comas Historic Racing, which provides for paying customers to enter historic rallies driving cars from his fleet of blue Alpine automobiles.[4]

In 2010 and 2011, he won the electric vehicle category of the Rallye Monte Carlo des Véhicules à Énergie Alternative (the opening event of the FIA Alternative Energies Cup) with a Tesla Roadster.[5]

In 2014 Comas won the Carrera Panamericana in a Studebaker.

Between 2012 and 2017 Comas has only rallied a Lancia Stratos, having a hard time finding a competent team able to support him on his target of winning the overall classification of the FIA European Historic Rally Championship, ahead of numerous younger cars.

Achievements

  • Champion karting France class blue 1983
  • Champion French Formula Renault Championship 1986
  • Champion French Superproduction 1987
  • Champion French Formula 3 Championship 1988
  • Champion Intercontinental Formula 3000 Championship 1990
  • Champion JGTC (GT 500) 1998
  • Champion JGTC Nissan GTR 1999
  • Champion Italian Historic Rally Championship 2015
  • Champion FIA European Historic Rally Championship 2017

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1985 Championnat de France Formule Renault Turbo Ecurie Elf 12 1 0 1 6 98 4th
1986 Championnat de France Formule Renault Turbo Ecurie Elf 13 8 9 9 12 163 1st
1987 French Supertouring Championship Sonica ? ? ? ? ? ? 1st
French Formula Three Championship Ecurie Elf 12 0 0 0 3 70 6th
1988 French Formula Three Championship Ecurie Elf 12 4 5 4 10 136 1st
Macau Grand Prix Team KTR 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
1989 International Formula 3000 DAMS 9 2 3 3 5 39 2nd
1990 International Formula 3000 DAMS 11 4 3 1 6 51 1st
1991 Formula One Ligier Gitanes 13 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1992 Formula One Ligier Gitanes Blondes 15 0 0 0 0 4 11th
1993 Formula One Larrousse F1 16 0 0 0 0 1 20th
1994 Formula One Tourtel Larrousse F1 15 0 0 0 0 2 23rd
1995 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship Team Cerumo 6 0 1 1 0 8 17th
24 Hours of Le Mans Société Larbre Compétition 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1996 Japanese Touring Car Championship Team Cerumo 14 1 0 0 2 52 8th
All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship TOM'S 6 1 0 0 2 55 3rd
1997 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 5 1 0 0 3 50 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
1998 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 6 2 0 0 2 67 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
1999 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 7 1 0 0 4 77 1st
American Le Mans Series Team Rafanelli SRL 3 0 0 0 1 48 24th
24 Hours of Le Mans NISMO 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2000 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 7 1 0 2 3 68 2nd
2001 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 7 0 0 1 3 53 4th
2002 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship NISMO 8 0 0 8 8 19 19th
24 Hours of Le Mans PlayStation Team Oreca 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2003 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship TOM'S 8 0 1 1 2 61 5th
2004 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship Hasemi Motorsport 7 0 1 1 2 50 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans Pescarolo Sport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2005 Super GT Hasemi Motorsport 8 0 0 0 2 42 8th
24 Hours of Le Mans Pescarolo Sport 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
European Le Mans Series 1 0 0 0 1 8 14th
2006 Super GT Kondo Racing 5 0 0 0 0 18 18th
24 Hours of Le Mans Pescarolo Sport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th

Complete International Formula 3000 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 DC Points
1989 DAMS SIL
5
VAL
4
PAU
DNQ
JER
2
PER
Ret
BRH
3
BIR
Ret
SPA
2
BUG
1
DIJ
1
2nd 39
1990 DAMS DON
1
SIL
2
PAU
Ret
JER
1
MNZ
1
PER
Ret
HOC
4
BRH
Ret
BIR
Ret
BUG
1
NOG
2
1st 51

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1991 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS35 Lamborghini V12 USA
DNQ
BRA
Ret
SMR
10
MON
10
CAN
8
MEX
DNQ
FRA
11
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
HUN
10
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
POR
11
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
18
NC 0
1992 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS37 Renault V10 RSA
7
MEX
9
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
9
MON
10
CAN
6
FRA
5
GBR
8
GER
6
HUN
Ret
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
11th 4
1993 Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini V12 RSA
Ret
BRA
10
EUR
9
SMR
Ret
ESP
9
MON
Ret
CAN
8
FRA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
6
POR
11
JPN
Ret
AUS
12
20th 1
1994 Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford V8 BRA
9
PAC
6
SMR
Ret
MON
10
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
6
HUN
8
BEL
Ret
ITA
8
POR
Ret
EUR
Ret
JPN
9
AUS 23rd 2

Complete JGTC/Super GT results

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
1995 Team Cerumo Toyota Supra GT1 SUZ
5
FUJ
14
SEN
15
FUJ
Ret
SUG
11
MIN
DSQ
19th 8
1996 TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 SUZ
16
FUJ
4
SEN
1
FUJ
Ret
SUG
4
MIN
2
3rd 55
1997 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
1
FUJ SEN
2
FUJ
10
MIN
9
SUG
3
6th 50
1998 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
1
FUJ
C
SEN
1
FUJ
10
MOT
4
MIN
4
SUG
6
1st 67
1999 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
2
FUJ
5
SUG
6
MIN
1
FUJ
3
TAI
7
MOT
3
1st 77
2000 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
1
FUJ
6
SUG
Ret
FUJ
4
TAI
3
MIN
3
SUZ
5
2nd 68
2001 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
13
FUJ
4
SUG
10
FUJ
2
MOT
Ret
SUZ
3
MIN
2
4th 53
2002 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
12
FUJ
6
SUG
4
SEP
16
FUJ
14
MOT
17
MIN
Ret
SUZ
8
19th 19
2003 TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
6
FUJ
10
SUG
2
FUJ
7
FUJ
5
MOT
2
AUT
8
SUZ
8
5th 61
2004 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Z GT500 TAI
6
SUG
6
SEP
4
TOK
3
MOT
7
AUT
Ret
SUZ
3
4th 50
2005 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Z GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
9
SEP
Ret
SUG
15
MOT
13
FUJ
4
AUT
3
SUZ
4
8th 42
2006 Kondo Racing Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
10
OKA
10
FUJ
10
SEP
8
SUG SUZ
5
MOT AUT FUJ 18th 18

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Complete JTCC 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 DC Pts
1996 Team Cerumo Toyota Corona EXiV FUJ
1

18
FUJ
2

6
SUG
1

6
SUG
2

10
SUZ
1

Ret
SUZ
2

Ret
MIN
1

13
MIN
2

8
SEN
1

6
SEN
2

5
TOK
1

Ret
TOK
2

8
FUJ
1

1
FUJ
2

3
8th 52

World Rally Championship results

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points
2000 Éric Comas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE KEN POR ESP ARG GRC NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA AUS
Ret
GBR - 0

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Éric Bernard
Championnat de France Formule Renault Turbo
Champion

1986
Succeeded by
Claude Degremont
Preceded by
Xavier Lapeyre
French Touring Car Championship
Champion

1987
Succeeded by
Jean Ragnotti
Preceded by
Jean Alesi
French Formula Three Championship
Champion

1988
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Gounon
Preceded by
Jean Alesi
International Formula 3000
Champion

1990
Succeeded by
Christian Fittipaldi
Preceded by
Pedro de la Rosa
Michael Krumm
All-Japan Grand Touring Car
GT500 Champion

1998–1999
In 1998, with Masami Kageyama
Succeeded by
Ryo Michigami

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