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Alexandre Imperatori (born 19 April 1987 in Châtel-Saint-Denis) is a Swiss racing driver but lives in Shanghai, China.

Alexandre Imperatori
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Imperatori at Fuji Speedway in 2012
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
Born (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 32)
Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia career
Debut season2011
Current teamPICC Team Starchase
Car number99
Starts19
Wins14
Poles5
Fastest laps10
Best finish1 in 2012
Previous series
2012, 2011
2011
2007–08, 2008–09
2010, 2009, 2008
2007, 2006
Super GT
Formula Nippon
A1 Grand Prix
All-Japan Formula Three Championship
Asian Formula Renault Challenge
Championship titles
2012
2006
2000
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
China Formula Renault Challenge
Franch Junior Karting Championship

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

 
Alexandre Imperatori go-karting at the age of 4

Imperatori started kart racing at the age of four in Spain. He raced karting in Spain and Germany and France until 2002. He was the France Junior Champion in 2000 and also competed in the European Championship in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Formula RacingEdit

In 2003, Imperatori moved to single seater by reaching the final of the Mygale scholarship program. From 2004 to 2007, he competed in the 2006 and 2007 Asian Formula Renault Challenge and came 1st runner-up. He was also the 2006 China Formula Renault Challenge Champion, which earned him a test from Renault Sport in the World Series by Renault.

From December 2007, he joined the Swiss team in the A1 Grand Prix as rookie driver and together with the team won the 2007-2008 championship and came second in the 2008-2009 season.

From 2008 to 2010, Imperatori was competing in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship. In 2008, he came second in the National Class before achieving 3rd rank in 2009. In 2010, he stepped up to the Championship class with TODA Racing and using the single HONDA power unit of the grid, came 5th in the championship. In 2010, Imperatori finished his season with a good performance in the Macau Grand Prix by coming 12th after starting 26th on the grid due to a brake failure in the qualification race.

In 2011, Imperatori stepped up to Formula Nippon, the highest level of single-seater racing in Japan.

GT RacingEdit

In 2011, Imperatori also started becoming involved in GT racing. He replaced Christian Menzel at Team Starchase in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and had a successful season by winning 8 of the 10 races he entered. He finished 3rd in the championship after missing the two races in Singapore due to conflicting racing commitments.

Besides, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Formula Nippon, Imperatori was also competing in the GT300 class of Super GT in 2011 with the Lexus IS350 GT300 of SG Changi Racing. Together with teammate Orime, he won at Sugo and climbed on the podium two more times at Fuji and Autopolis.

Imperatori finished the 2011 season with a win in the GTC category at the ILMC 6 Hours of Zhuhai for Audi Sport C Racing China.

Imperatori won the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship.

WEC and 24 Hours of Le MansEdit

In 2013, Imperatori was named as the lead driver for the new endurance racing project from Hong Kong-based KC Motorgroup Ltd (KCMG) which saw him drive a Morgan LMP2 - Nissan at Silverstone and Le Mans.[1] Imperatori was back with KCMG for the 2014 WEC season[2] taking part in all but two races behind the wheel of an Oreca 03R-Nissan, winning LMP2 class at Bahrain and São Paulo.

On 25 March 2015 it was announced that Imperatori had signed with the Swiss Rebellion Racing LMP1 squad for the 2015 WEC season where he piloted the team's second car along with Dominik Kraihamer and Daniel Abt.[3]

Racing recordEdit

 
Imperatori driving the Lexus IS350 GT300 in 2011 Super GT season.

Complete Super GT resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
2011 Team SG Changi Lexus IS350 GT300 OKA
15
FUJ
16
SEP SUG
1
SUZ
8
FUJ
2
AUT
3
MOT
Ret
6th 49
2012 Team SGC Lexus IS350 GT300 OKA FUJ SEP SUG
13
SUZ
13
FUJ
12
AUT MOT NC 0
2014 i-mobile-AAS Porsche 911 GT3 GT300 OKA FUJ AUT SUG FUJ SUZ BUR
6
MOT NC 0
2015 Porsche Team KTR Porsche 911 GT3 GT300 OKA
14
FUJ
12
CHA
8
FUJ
Ret
SUZ SUG AUT MOT 23rd 3


24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013   KCMG   Matthew Howson
  Ho-Pin Tung
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 241 DNF DNF
2014   KCMG   Matthew Howson
  Richard Bradley
Oreca 03R-Nissan LMP2 87 DNF DNF
2015   Rebellion Racing   Dominik Kraihamer
  Daniel Abt
Rebellion R-One-AER LMP1 336 18th 9th
2016   Rebellion Racing   Dominik Kraihamer
  Mathéo Tuscher
Rebellion R-One-AER LMP1 200 DNF DNF

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Pts
2014 KCMG LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
2
6th 87
Oreca 03R LMS
Ret
COA FUJ
2
SHA
Ret
BHR
1
SÃO
1
2015 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Rebellion R-One AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6 SIL SPA LMS
17
NÜR
Ret
COA
14
FUJ
16
SHA
Ret
BHR
11
25th 2.5
2016 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Rebellion R-One AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6 SIL
3
SPA
3
LMS
Ret
NÜR
7
MEX
5
COA
7
FUJ
6
SHA
17
BHR
7
7th 66.5

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Keita Sawa
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Earl Bamber