David Price Racing

David Price Racing (commonly referred to as DPR) is a British motor racing team, founded by David Price. The team competed in various forms of motorsport from their foundation in 1976 until 2008. The team was sold in April 2009, but continued racing in GP2 and GP2 Asia Series under the name David Price Racing until 2010.[1][2]

United Kingdom David Price Racing
Founded1976
Folded2010
Team principal(s)David Price
Former seriesBritish F3
Aurora F1
French F3
Le Mans 24 Hours
BPR Global GT Series
FIA GT Championship
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
A1 Grand Prix
GP2 Series
Teams'
Championships
BPR Global GT Series:
1995
Drivers'
Championships
French Formula Three Championship:
1982: Pierre Petit
British Formula 3 Championship:
1984: Johnny Dumfries

HistoryEdit

The team initially ran small single-seater series in Britain from the late 1970s, including British Formula 3 and Aurora F1. Many future Formula drivers raced for the team, including Nigel Mansell, Martin Brundle, Johnny Dumfries, and Tiff Needell. David Price Racing won the French F3 title in 1982 with Pierre Petit and the British F3 title with Dumfries in 1984. DPR drivers in French F3 also included Paul Belmondo, Fabien Giroix and François Hesnault from 1982 through 1986. Andrew Ridgeley, formerly of the pop duo Wham!, also ran with DPR in French F3, after the band split up.

 
David Price Racing in 1997, with a Panoz GTR-1 in the FIA GT Championship

In 1987, David Price moved into sports car racing, becoming a team manager for Richard Lloyd Racing. Price was approached by Sauber-Mercedes in 1988, helping the team achieve the World Sportscar Championship and a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1989. David Price was then headhunted by Nissan Motorsports Europe to run their sportscar program, before eventually becoming director of racing at Brabham in Formula One in 1991.

David Price Racing returned to competition in 1995, running in the BPR Global GT Series. One of the multiple McLaren F1 GTR teams in the series, they won the team and drivers championship in their first year of competition with drivers John Nielsen and Thomas Bscher The team also finished third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, running the Harrod's-sponsored McLaren with drivers Andy Wallace and Derek Bell and Justin Bell. In 1996, the team finished third in the BPR championship. DPR then became the European factory team for Panoz in 1997, running their Esperante GTR-1s in the new FIA GT Championship as well as supporting the primary team in the United States. In 1998, Price was in charge of the first hybrid car ever to attempt to qualify at Le Mans, the Panoz GT-1 hybrid.

During a brief interlude from Panoz, David Price Racing ran a BMW V12 LM at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fifth overall. The team would later return to support Panoz's own Le Mans prototype efforts in the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans itself. Following the 2001 season, DPR went on hiatus. The team would briefly assist MG in development of the XPower SV for 2002.

In 2004, David Price Racing returned, once again running single-seater cars. They ran the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup series before moving into the new GP2 Series in 2005, winning two races with Olivier Pla. The team briefly changed their name to Direxiv in 2006, before returning to the David Price Racing name in 2007. The team also ran the A1 Grand Prix series for A1 Team USA[3] during the 2005–06 season.

Years after selling the team, Price has been involved in the DeltaWing Le Mans Prototype program since 2013.[4]

Series resultsEdit

GP2 SeriesEdit

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

Year Chassis
Engine
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 T.C. Points
2005 GP2/05
Renault
B
SMR
FEA
SMR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
10th 22
  Olivier Pla 9 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 9 8 1 8 1 7 Ret 9 17 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret DNS
  Ryan Sharp Ret 14 Ret 16 Ret 9 9 19 Ret Ret NC 11 13
  Giorgio Mondini Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 21† 18 22
2006 GP2/05
Renault
B
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SMR
FEA
SMR
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
10th 18
  Olivier Pla 10 15 Ret 20† 15 Ret DSQ 20 Ret 16 9
  Mike Conway 11 11
  Vitaly Petrov 15 15 15 10 16 18 Ret 12
  Clivio Piccione Ret Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 16† Ret 4 7 3 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3
2007 GP2/05
Renault
B
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
12th 15
  Christian Bakkerud 13 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 21 Ret 18 Ret DNS DNQ DNQ 12 Ret Ret Ret
  Olivier Pla Ret 13
  Andy Soucek 12 9 14 Ret 14 13 10 Ret 20 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 6 3
2008 GP2/08
Renault
B
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
13th 4
  Giacomo Ricci 16 Ret Ret 11
  Andy Soucek 13 6
  Michael Herck Ret 15 23 DNS 17 Ret Ret 17 12 14 14 11 Ret 17
  Diego Nunes 15 16 13 10 15 9 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 12 15 10 4 12 Ret Ret 16
2009 GP2/08
Renault
B
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
FEA
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
ALG
FEA
ALG
SPR
13th 0
  Michael Herck 13 Ret 16 16 Ret Ret 9 8 14 12 15 Ret 13 Ret Ret 9 20† 13 DSQ Ret
  Giacomo Ricci Ret 15 14 Ret Ret Ret 17 DNS
  Franck Perera Ret 16 EX 18 15 16† DNQ DNQ
  Johnny Cecotto Jr. 18† 16† DNS 18
2010 GP2/08
Renault
B
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
8th 28
  Michael Herck 17 21 16 Ret 6 5 8 3 22 14 9 8 7 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 10
  Giacomo Ricci 2 8 17 Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret 13 12 16† 11 8 1
  Fabrizio Crestani Ret 14 10 15 13 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bradley, Charles (30 April 2009). "Price concludes sale of DPR stake". autosport.com. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  2. ^ "David Price Racing". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  3. ^ A1 Team USA information Archived 31 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine a1podium.com
  4. ^ Panoz takes DeltaWing in-house for 2013 American Le Mans Series - Gary Watkins, Autosport, 6 February 2013

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