Alex Buncombe (born 28 August 1981 in Taunton, England) is a British racing driver, recently left RJN Motorsport after the Blancpain Endurance Series. He is a part of the Nismo Global Driver Exchange, working with Nissan and RJN Motorsport to provide graduates of the GT Academy program with guidance and helping them to develop their motor racing skills. He is the brother of Chris Buncombe.

Alex Buncombe
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born28 August 1981 (1981-08-28) (age 38)
Taunton, England

CareerEdit

Buncombe competed in the British Formula Renault Championship from 2001 to 2003, finishing fifth in the 2003 Winter Series.[1] He took part in his first GT race in 2005, competing in the Trofeo Maserati. He won his first race in the series, at Monza, by thirty-five seconds.[2] From 2007 to 2011, Buncombe competed in the GT4 European Series for RJN Motorsport. He finished third in 2007 before finishing as runner-up in 2008 and 2009. He continued to drive in the series until 2011. In total he scored five pole positions and ten wins.[1][3]

Buncombe has competed in the Blancpain Endurance Series since 2011, winning the GT4 Cup class that season along with Jordan Tresson and Christopher Ward. The GT4 Cup class was removed from the series the following year and Buncombe moved into the GT3 Pro-Am Cup class. Buncombe has scored two wins and recorded a best season finish of fourth in 2013.[1]

Buncombe has taken part in various endurance races since 2008, including the Bathurst 12 Hour and the Dubai, Nürburgring, Silverstone and Spa 24 hour races.[1][4][5]

 
The Nissan GT-R of Buncombe, Chiyo, Kelly and Reip at the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour.

AustraliaEdit

Buncombe competed in the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour as part of the Nismo Global Driver Exchange, driving a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 with Katsumasa Chiyo, Rick Kelly and Wolfgang Reip. Chiyo was involved in a crash in the early stages of the race, ending the team's chances after 58 laps.[6] Buncombe was scheduled to return to the race for 2015, but was forced to withdraw due to the impending birth of his first child.[7]

Following the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour, Buncombe joined Nissan's V8 Supercar team as a co-driver for Todd Kelly in the 2014 Endurance Cup. The pair finished twentieth at the Sandown 500 before recording a creditable seventh-place finish at the Bathurst 1000.[8][9]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2001 Formula Renault UK Aztec International 8 0 0 0 0 54 23rd
2002 Formula Renault UK Saxon International 4 0 0 0 0 13 29th
2003 Formula Renault UK (Winter Series) Falcon Motorsport 4 0 0 0 2 44 5th
2007 GT4 European Cup RJN Motorsport 4 2 1 3 4 36 3rd
2008 GT4 European Cup RJN Motorsport 12 5 3 6 9 88 2nd
2009 GT4 European Cup RJN Motorsport 12 2 1 2 6 57 2nd
2010 GT4 European Cup RJN Motorsport 8 0 0 2 1 21 7th
2011 Britcar 24-Hours RJN Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 DNF
2011 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT4 Cup) RJN Motorsport 5 2 1 0 4 116 1st
2012 British GT Championship (GT3) RJN Motorsport 10 1 0 0 3 108.5 6th
2012 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT3 Pro-Am Cup) RJN Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT3 Pro-Am Cup) RJN Motorsport 5 1 0 0 2 53 4th
2013 FIA GT Series (Pro-Am) RJN Motorsport 10 0 0 2 4 70 7th
2014 British GT Championship (GT3) RJN Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 11 33rd
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT3 Pro-Am Cup) RJN Motorsport 5 1 0 0 1 38 8th
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship Nissan Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 330 41st
2015 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT3 Pro Cup) RJN Motorsport 5 1 1 0 1 62 1st

FIA GT competition resultsEdit

Complete FIA GT Series resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 Pro-Am NOG
QR

19
NOG
CR

7
ZOL
QR

18
ZOL
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

13
ZAN
QR

8
SVK
QR

12
SVK
CR

8
NAV
QR

13
NAV
CR

11
BAK
QR
BAK
CR
7th 70

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2016 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 Pro MIS
QR

17
MIS
CR

14
BRH
QR

21
BRH
CR

18
NÜR
QR

16
NÜR
CR

14
HUN
QR

20
HUN
CR

18
CAT
QR

9
CAT
CR

11
NC 0

Complete British GT Championship resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2012 RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 GT3 OUL
1

5
OUL
2

11
NUR
1

3
NUR
2

5
ROC
1

5
BRH
1

1
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

3
SIL
1

8
DON
1

16
6th 108.5
2014 RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 GT3 OUL
1

9
OUL
2

13
ROC
1

13
SIL
1

7
SNE
1
SNE
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
BRH
1
DON
1
33rd 11

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2015   Nissan Motorsports   Harry Tincknell
  Michael Krumm
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 242 NC NC

Supercar resultsEdit

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 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 Final Pos Points
2014 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
WIN
R7
WIN
R8
WIN
R9
PUK
R10
PUK
R11
PUK
R12
PUK
R13
BAR
R14
BAR
R15
BAR
R16
HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20
TOW
R21
TOW
R22
QLD
R23
QLD
R24
QLD
R25
SMP
R26
SMP
R27
SMP
R28
SAN
R29

20
BAT
R30

7
SUR
R31

Ret
SUR
R32

19
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
PHI
R35
SYD
R36
SYD
R37
SYD
R38
41st 330
2015 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HID
R13
HID
R14
HID
R15
TOW
R16
TOW
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
SMP
R21
SMP
R22
SMP
R23
SAN
R24

24
BAT
R25

20
SUR
R26

13
SUR
R27

17
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
PUK
R30
PHI
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
SYD
R34
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
47th 276

Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2014 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33   Todd Kelly 7th 161
2015 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33   Todd Kelly 20th 156

24 Hours of Silverstone resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Car No. Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011   RJN Motorsport   Jann Mardenborough
  Christopher Ward
  Bryan Heitkotter
Nissan 370Z 31 2 50 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Alex Buncombe". Driver Database. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Alex Buncombe: Nissan's Secret Weapon". NissanNews.com. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ "RJN Motorsport". Avon GT4 Trophy. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ Meaden, Richard (8 October 2010). "Britcar 24 Hours race review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Nissan Shuffles the Pack for Spa 24 Hours". DailySportsCar.com. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Lowndes holds on in Bathurst thriller". Speedcafe. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Florian Strauss to replace Alex Buncombe for Nissan at 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour". Nissan Global. 3 February 2015. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Whincup/Dumbrell take commanding Sandown win". Speedcafe. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Mostert/Morris win eight-hour Bathurst thriller". Speedcafe. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Laurens Vanthoor
Blancpain Endurance Series
Champion

2015
With: Katsumasa Chiyo
and Wolfgang Reip
Succeeded by
Rob Bell
Côme Ledogar