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Éric Hélary (born 10 August 1966) is a professional racing driver from Paris. His career has encompassed single seater formulae, endurance sports car racing, and touring cars. He won the French Formula Three Championship in 1990 and is best known for his win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993. He was champion 2011 of Euro Racecar.[1]

Éric Hélary
Éric Hélary.jpg
NationalityFrench
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1993 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2014
TeamsPeugeot Talbot Sport, Michel Hommell, Courage Compétition, Viper Team Oreca, BMW Motorsport, Toyota Motorsport, Pescarolo Sport
Best finish1st (1993)
Class wins2 (1993, 1995)

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Single seater careerEdit

Hélary's racing career began in a conventional way, with a period of karting between 1981 and 1984. He progressed to French Formula Ford in 1987 and won the title in the following year, then progressed to French Formula Three in 1989 and won that title in his second year. His single seater career ended in International Formula 3000.

Sports carsEdit

 
Hélary's Peugeot 905B

Hélary first participated in sports car racing in the Peugeot Spyder Cup one-make championship in 1992 and secured the drivers' title in 1993. In the same year, he made his 24 Hours of Le Mans début in the factory Peugeot 905 alongside Christophe Bouchut and Geoff Brabham. He had previously driven this car with Bouchut in 1992.

After a period in touring cars, Hélary returned to endurance racing in the FIA GT Championship in 1996, driving a Chrysler Viper. He did not compete again in sports cars until a one-off return to FIA GTs in 2001. His next participation in endurance racing was another single race, this time in the FIA Sportscar Championship in 2003, driving a Pescarolo Courage-Peugeot alongside Nicolas Minassian. He made another one-off appearance with Pescarolo in the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series and returned to the series for a full season in 2006. He is currently employed by Peugeot as its official test driver for the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

Touring carsEdit

Hélary made his touring car début in the French Supertourisme championship in 1994, driving for Opel. He was classified fifth in the standings and improved to the championship runner-up position in 1995. He made a departure into ice racing during the winter of 1996 by entering the Trophée Andros with Opel. He adapted well and finished in fourth position over all, then finished second over all in the 1997 season.

Hélary spent the remainder of 1997 working as a test driver for BMW's Super Tourenwagen Cup team in Germany and then returned to Opel for two years of racing in the series in 1998 and 1999. When the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was relaunched in 2000, Hélary and Opel remained together. He made one more appearance in the DTM in 2002 before returning to French Supertourisme for a third season, in which he finished fourth in the standings. A full season of sports car racing intervened before Hélary's next, and so far last, touring car programme. 2005 brought a fourth season in French Supertourisme as well as competing in one round of the World Touring Car Championship in a Peugeot 407 for Peugeot Sport Denmark.

Racing recordEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1993   Peugeot Talbot Sport   Christophe Bouchut
  Geoff Brabham
Peugeot 905 Evo 1B C1 375 1st 1st
1994   Michel Hommel   Alain Cudini
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
Bugatti EB110 SS GT1 230 DNF DNF
1995   Courage Compétition   Bob Wollek
  Mario Andretti
Courage C34-Porsche WSC 297 2nd 1st
1996   Viper Team Oreca   Philippe Gache
  Olivier Beretta
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT1 283 21st 12th
1997   Team BMW Motorsport
  BMW Team Schnitzer
  Peter Kox
  Roberto Ravaglia
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 358 3rd 2nd
1998   Toyota Motorsports
  Toyota Team Europe
  Martin Brundle
  Emmanuel Collard
Toyota GT-One GT1 191 DNF DNF
2002   Pescarolo Sport   Stéphane Ortelli
  Ukyo Katayama
Courage C60-Peugeot LMP900 144 DNF DNF
2003   Pescarolo Sport   Nicolas Minassian
  Soheil Ayari
Courage C60-Peugeot LMP900 352 9th 7th
2005   Pescarolo Sport   Soheil Ayari
  Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 288 DNF DNF
2006   Pescarolo Sport   Sébastien Loeb
  Franck Montagny
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 376 2nd 2nd
2014   IMSA Performance Matmut   Erik Maris
  Jean-Marc Merlin
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Am
317 34th 13th

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
2000 Opel Team Holzer 2 Opel Astra V8 Coupé HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

7
OSC
1

4
OSC
2

10
NOR
1

15
NOR
2

15
SAC
1

4
SAC
2

16†
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

7
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

4
OSC
2

10
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

Ret
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

7
9th 53
2002 OPC Euroteam Opel Astra V8 Coupé 2001 HOC
QR
HOC
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
SAC
QR
SAC
CR
NOR
QR
NOR
CR
LAU
QR
LAU
CR
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
A1R
QR
A1R
CR
ZAN
QR

16
ZAN
CR

14
HOC
QR
HOC
CR
24th 0
  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(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 DC Points
2005 Peugeot Sport Denmark Peugeot 407 ITA
1
ITA
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
SMR
1
SMR
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

DNS
TUR
1
TUR
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts
2012 Euro-RaceCar NASCAR Touring 61 Chevy BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS GRE LGY CNB COL IOW NHA
DNQ
DOV GRE CAR N/A -

Whelen Euro Series - Elite 1Edit

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series - Elite 1 results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NWES Pts
2013 Still Racing 100 Chevy NOG NOG DIJ DIJ BRH BRH TOU
19
TOU
10
MNZ MNZ LEM LEM 36th ?
2017 Alex Caffi Motorsport 27 Ford VAL VAL BRH BRH VEN VEN HOC HOC FRA FRA ZOL
14
ZOL
9
35th 60

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AUTOhebdo.fr | Racecar – Éric Hélary aura tout tenté à Loudon USA Nascar Sep 22, 2012 – Éric Hélary n'est pas parvenu à se qualifier pour la G-Oil 100 des K&N Pro Series disputée sur l'ovale de Loudon au New Hampshire en marge de l'épreuve de Sprint Cup. Le champion 2011 de l'Euro Racecar n'a pas été ...
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Gounon
French Formula Three Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Christophe Bouchut
Preceded by
Derek Warwick
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1993 with:
Geoff Brabham
Christophe Bouchut
Succeeded by
Yannick Dalmas
Hurley Haywood
Mauro Baldi

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