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Julien Canal (born 15 July 1982 in Le Mans) is a French racing driver. In 2010 he made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won his class in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Julien Canal
Julien Canal Driver of Greaves Motorsport's Ligier JS P2 Nissan (27155894771).jpg
NationalityFrance French
Born (1982-07-15) 15 July 1982 (age 36)
Le Mans, France
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season2012
Current teamLarbre Compétition
Car no.50
Previous series
2011
2011
201011
2009
2008
2008, 10
2007–09
20032006
2003–06
2003
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
American Le Mans Series
Le Mans Series
Formula Le Mans
FIA GT Championship
FFSA GT Championship
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Eurocup Formula Renault
French Formula Renault
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2010
TeamsLarbre Competition
Best finish13th (2010)
Class wins3 (2010, 2011, 2012)

Contents

CareerEdit

Single-seatersEdit

After competing in karting, where he finished third in the French Championship Elite in 2000, Canal stepped up to single-seaters in 2003. He raced in French Formula Renault for four seasons, scoring his first podium in his final season in 2006 and finishing sixth overall.[1] He also raced in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series in each of those four seasons.

GT racingEdit

Canal switched to GT racing in 2007 when he started racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup France. He finished ninth, tenth and eighth in the three seasons he contested, scoring one podium finish and two pole positions. In 2010 he took part in the FFSA GT Championship.

He joined the Larbre Compétition team to race their Saleen S7-R in the opening round of the 2007 Le Mans Series season at Circuit Paul Ricard, where they were the only team entered in the GT1 class. He returned to the team for the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they won the GT1 class in 13th overall.

In 2011 Larbre entered the new GTE-Am class in a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, with Canal again winning the class at Le Mans with the team. They repeated the feat in 2012.

PersonalEdit

Racing recordEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010   Larbre Compétition   Roland Bervillé
  Gabriele Gardel
Saleen S7-R GT1 331 13th 1st
2011   Larbre Compétition   Patrick Bornhauser
  Gabriele Gardel
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Am
302 20th 1st
2012   Larbre Compétition   Patrick Bornhauser
  Pedro Lamy
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Am
329 20th 1st
2013   Larbre Compétition   Patrick Bornhauser
  Ricky Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Am
302 29th 5th
2014   G-Drive Racing   Roman Rusinov
  Olivier Pla
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 120 DNF DNF
2015   G-Drive Racing   Roman Rusinov
  Sam Bird
Ligier JS P2-Nissan LMP2 358 11th 3rd
2016   Greaves Motorsport   Nathanaël Berthon
  Memo Rojas
Ligier JS P2-Nissan LMP2 348 10th 6th
2017   Vaillante Rebellion   Bruno Senna
  Nicolas Prost
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 340 16th 14th
2018   Panis Barthez Competition   Timothé Buret
  Will Stevens
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 352 13th 9th
2019   Panis Barthez Competition   René Binder
  Will Stevens
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 362 13th 8th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Larbre Compétition LMGTE Am Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 SEB
Ret
SPA
4
LMS
1
SIL
EX
SÃO
EX
BHR
4
FUJ
1
SHA
1
56th† 1.5
2013 Larbre Compétition LMGTE Am Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 SIL
2
SPA
3
LMS
4
SÃO
6
COA
6
FUJ
8
SHA
5
BHR
4
5th 97
2014 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
Ret
2nd 137
Ligier JS P2 COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
3
SÃO
Ret
2015 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
9
LMS
2
NÜR
2
COA
1
FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
1
1st 178
2016 Manor LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR MEX COA FUJ SHA BHR
7
46th 6
2017 Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
2
SPA
2
LMS
6
NÜR
2
MEX
1
COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
1
1st 186
2018–19 Larbre Compétition LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
6
LMS SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA LMS 19th 8*

There was no LMGTE Am drivers championship that year, the result indicates standings in overall standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Julien Canal career statistics". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 20 June 2012.

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