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Filipe Albuquerque

Filipe Miguel Delgadinho Albuquerque (born 13 June 1985) is a Portuguese professional racing driver, currently driving a Acura ARX-05 in the IMSA SportsCar Championship for Wayne Taylor Racing, and an Oreca 07 in the FIA World Endurance Championship for United Autosports.[1] He has claimed a LMP2 class title at the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship, an LMP2 class win at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, and overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018 and 2021.

Career

Albuquerque driving for Epsilon Euskadi at the Donington Park round of the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season.

Filipe Albuquerque started his motor racing career in karting in 1993, "I started karting as a joke, but it quickly became more and more serious" Albuquerque recalled, "It's really hard to get sponsorship to go racing. Without Red Bull I would probably be at home studying" he added.[2] The young Portuguese driver went on to win two national karting titles before moving up to Spanish Formula Three with the help of Red Bull. But later, Albuquerque was moved up to the Formula Renault, "a driver was fired from Red Bull" The Portuguese commented, "and I was told I would do the Renault 2.0-litre race in Zolder."[2] Albuquerque was the fastest driver for the team during the race and so became the permanent replacement and was also called into the Formula Renault German series.

Albuquerque finished sixth in the Spanish Formula Three championship, fifth in the Formula Renault Eurocup and third in the Formula Renault Germany series, finishing as a highest positioned rookie in all three championships.[2] In 2006, Albuquerque raced in two championships, the Formula Renault Eurocup championship and the North European Formula Renault championship, where he won the Drivers' title in both series.

For 2007, Albuquerque entered the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with the Epsilon Euskadi team, and finished fourth in the drivers' championship. He was also chosen as replacement of Ernesto Viso in the Silverstone round of GP2 Series, following the Venezuelan's accident at Magny-Cours. Albuquerque remained in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2008, but only competed in four races, as he focussed on the A1 Grand Prix series.

Albuquerque made his A1 GP début in the 2007-08 season, replacing João Urbano at A1 Team Portugal mid-season. He finished every race he started in the points, including three podium finishes, and the team finished eleventh in that year's championship. He returned for the 2008-09 season as the team's sole driver, and finished third overall after a campaign which saw him take Portugal's first series win, in China. He was retained for the 2009-10 season, but the series ran into financial trouble and the new season was cancelled before it began.

Albuquerque driving for A1 Team Portugal in the 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season.

With his single-seater career prospects looking bleak, Albuquerque moved to Italian GT racing when it became apparent that the A1 GP series had died. He moved to the Italian GT3 Championship for part of the 2009 season, driving an Audi R8 LMS. He also made an appearance at one of the race meetings for the 2009 Superstars Series season, a touring car championship, and finished second in both races, driving an Audi RS4. For 2010, he competed in the Italian GT3 Championship full-time, finishing as joint-runner up in the series with his Audi R8 LMS co-driver Marco Bonanomi, behind champion Gianluca Roda in a Porsche 997 GT3. He also made another Superstars guest appearance for Audi, winning one of the races at his home event, held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Albuquerque competed in the 2010 Race of Champions event at Düsseldorf. He was partnered with Portuguese countryman Álvaro Parente in the Cup of Nations, where they were knocked out in the group stage. In the individual Champion of Champions competition, however, Albuquerque scored a surprise victory, defeating Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel in the semi-final and multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in the final.

In 2011, Albuquerque competed in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, driving a 2008-spec Audi A4, also entering the Blancpain Endurance Series in an Audi R8 entered by Belgian team WRT, which finished second overall on the final standings.

In 2013, Albuquerque made his debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona driving an Audi R8 Grand-Am for Alex Job Racing in the GT class. He won the class as part of an Audi 1-2 finish.

In 2014, Albuquerque was no longer racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He raced in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category and finished as runner up on the drivers' standings. He was also a part of Audi's official team for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Albuquerque nearly won the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona, leading the final stages of the race before contact with Ricky Taylor caused him to spin out with seven minutes to go; Albuquerque subsequently ran down Taylor on the last lap of the race but was unable to make the pass, losing by 0.671 seconds.[3]

Highlights

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany Motopark Oschersleben 14 4 6 5 8 273 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 0 0 0 2 63 5th
Spanish Formula 3 Championship Racing Engineering 12 1 1 0 3 52 6th
2006 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 4 4 1 4 99 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 4 2 1 10 312 1st
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 17 1 0 1 2 81 4th
GP2 Series Racing Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
Arden International 2 0 0 0 0
2007-08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 8 0 0 0 3 59 11th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 4 0 0 0 0 12 21st
2008-09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 14 1 0 2 6 92 3rd
2009 Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 2 1 0 0 2 34 18th
International Superstars Series 2 0 0 0 2 30 11th
2010 Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 14 2 1 1 9 144 2nd
International Superstars Series 2 1 0 0 1 20 13th
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 1 9 12th
Blancpain Endurance Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 5 0 1 0 3 74 3rd
Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 2 2 1 1 9 30 13th
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 0 26 11th
Blancpain Endurance Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 1 0 0 0 1 15 20th
Global RallyCross Championship Pastrana 199 Racing 1 0 0 0 0 1 24th
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 0 16 18th
Rolex Sports Car Series - GTD Audi Sport Customer Racing/AJR 3 1 0 0 1 74 23rd
FIA GT Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
International GT Open - GTS 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
International GTSprint Series MTM Motorsport 2 0 0 0 2 36 27th
2014 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Jota Sport 5 1 4 1 3 74 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship Audi Sport Team Joest 2 0 0 0 0 8 12th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Flying Lizard Motorsports 2 0 0 0 0 57 42nd
2015 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Jota Sport 5 1 4 1 3 74 3rd
FIA World Endurance Championship Audi Sport Team Joest 2 0 0 0 0 24 12th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
United SportsCar Championship - PC Starworks Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 27 33rd
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 RGR Sport by Morand 9 2 1 0 7 166 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 12 2 1 1 6 126.5 3rd
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 4 0 0 0 1 19 16th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype Action Express Racing 4 1 0 0 2 88 18th
2017 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 6 2 0 0 3 98 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype Mustang Sampling Racing 4 1 0 1 3 126 13th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Vaillante Rebellion 1 0 0 0 1 18 22nd
2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype Mustang Sampling Racing 9 2 0 0 2 249 6th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 5 2 0 0 3 53.5 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Stock Car Brasil Full Time Sports 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC+
2019 IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Mustang Sampling Racing 10 1 0 0 2 258 7th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 5 1 2 0 2 63 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports 8 4 4 0 6 190 1st
2020 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 5 3 4 0 5 109 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Whelen Engineering Racing 3 0 0 0 1 80 19th
2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Konica Minolta Acura 11 3 3 0 7 3396 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports USA 5 2 2 1 2 84 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Konica Minolta Acura 10 4 3 1 5 3346 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports USA 6 0 1 0 0 50 9th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Stock Car Brasil Eurofarma RC 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC+
2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship - GTP Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports

+ As Albuquerque was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 results

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2005 Motopark Academy ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

12
VAL
1

11
VAL
2

16
LMS
1
LMS
2
BIL
1

4
BIL
2

8
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

5
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

4
EST
1

4
EST
2

2
MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

Ret
5th 63
2006 Motopark Academy ZOL
1

9
ZOL
2

6
IST
1

28+
IST
2

5
MIS
1

6
MIS
2

4
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
DON
1

15
DON
2

4
LMS
1

11
LMS
2

Ret
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

1
1st 99

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 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 DC Points
2007 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

6
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

2
MON
1

11
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

8
SPA
1

12
SPA
2

4
DON
1

15
DON
2

6
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

25
EST
1

5
EST
2

5
CAT
1

13
CAT
2

5
4th 81
2008 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1
MNZ
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
EST
1

10
EST
2

9
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

9
21st 12

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 DC Points
2007 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA

15
SIL
SPR

14
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
32nd 0
Arden International VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

10

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

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

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 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 Pos. Pts
2011 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
17
ZAN
Ret
SPL
12
LAU
8
NOR
16
NÜR
9
BRH
11
OSC
Ret
VAL
2
HOC
10
12th 9
2012 Team Rosberg Audi A5 DTM HOC
10
LAU
9
BRH
10
SPL
8
NOR
11
NÜR
8
ZAN
15+
OSC
9
VAL
4
HOC
11
11th 26
2013 Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
16
BRH
17
SPL
17
LAU
18
NOR
12
MSC
13
NÜR
11
OSC
4
ZAN
8
HOC
Ret
18th 16

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
6
LMS
Ret
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 22nd 8
2015 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
4
LMS
7
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 12th 24
2016 RGR Sport by Morand LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
4
LMS
6
NÜR
2
MEX
1
COA
2
FUJ
2
SHA
3
BHR
2
2nd 166
2017 Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR
2
MEX COA FUJ SHA BHR 22nd 18
2019-20 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
Ret
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
1
COA
1
SPA
1
LMS
1
BHR
4
1st 190
2021 United Autosports USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
1
ALG MNZ
1
LMS
10
BHR
4
BHR
4
5th 84
2022 United Autosports USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB
7
SPA
5
LMS
7
MNZ
13
FUJ
7
BHR
6
9th 50
2023 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB PRT SPA LMS MNZ FUJ BHR * *

* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position)

* Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2014 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
1
RBR
2
LEC
4
EST
3
2nd 74
2015 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
2
IMO
3
RBR
1
LEC
3
EST
4
3rd 89
2017 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
1
MNZ
6
RBR
1
LEC
5
SPA
4
ALG
2
2nd 98
2018 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC MNZ
10
RBR
3
SIL
Ret
SPA
1?
ALG
1
6th 53.5
2019 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC MNZ
4
CAT
7
SIL
Ret
SPA
1
ALG
2
6th 63
2020 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
3
SPA
1
LEC
1
MNZ
1
ALG
3
1st 109

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


References

  1. ^ Albuquerque will defend LMP2 WEC crown in 2021 with United Autosports - Gary Watkins, Autosport, 18 December 2020
  2. ^ a b c Interview with Filipe Albuquerque. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 187, No. 11, pp. 55, Haymarket Publications. March 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Bump-and-run pass lifts Taylor Racing in Rolex 24 at Daytona".

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