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Nicolas Lapierre (born 2 April 1984) is a French professional racing driver. He raced with Toyota in the WEC and is currently a works driver for Alpine Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is a two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, with overall victories in 2011 and 2018, and scored three LMP2 class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Nicolas Lapierre
Nicolas Lapierre 2013 WEC Silverstone.jpg
NationalityFrance French
Born (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 35)
Thonon-les-Bains, France
Previous series
2007
20052007
2005–062007–08
2004
20032004
2002
2001–2002
2000–2002
24 Hours of Le Mans (GT1)
GP2 Series
A1 Grand Prix
British Formula 3
Formula 3 Euroseries
French Formula 3
French Formula Renault 2000
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
Championship titles
2016

2005–06
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
A1 Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2007, 2009
Best finish3rd (2014)
Class wins2

Contents

Career historyEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Thonon-les-Bains, Lapierre started his career in 1993 in karting, finishing 3rd in the French championship in 1996, 6th in the European Championships in 1997 and reaching the finals of the European Junior Championship in 1998 before moving to French Formula Renault in 1999. He stayed there for 2000 and 2001, 2001 also seeing two races in Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. He again raced in French Formula Renault in 2002, also driving a full season of 2000 Eurocup and some races of French Formula Three (most of them being in the main class, although he drove two races in the B-Class also).

2003 saw Lapierre move to Formula Three Euroseries with the Signature team and earn a win in the Macau Grand Prix. He stayed in the Euroseries for 2004, also driving two races of British Formula 3.

With his reputation increasing and his talent proven, Lapierre was rewarded for his Euroseries performances with a drive in GP2 Series for current champions Arden Motorsport. He partnered with Heikki Kovalainen.

 
Lapierre driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

GP2 & A1GPEdit

During 2005 Lapierre drove for A1 Team France in the A1 Grand Prix series helping the team win the championship and therefore the World Cup of Motorsport. Lapierre won both the sprint and main race events in Germany and Australia, the main race in Dubai and the sprint in Indonesia.

During 2006 he continued with the Arden team in GP2, however his season was interrupted by a spectacular first corner crash in Monaco in which he was a victim of someone else's accident. Lapierre received two compressed vertebrae in the crash and missed the British round of the series. Despite this, his points score was higher than the previous season's tally.

Lapierre was dropped at the end of 2006 and has since signed to participate in a 3rd season of GP2 for the DAMS team, which finished 10th overall in the constructors' standings and runs the French A1 GP team, which won the first season of A1 Grand Prix.

Touring CarsEdit

Lapierre was announced as a LADA driver for the remainder of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship in August 2015, replacing Jaap van Lagen at the Russian team.[1]

Racing recordEdit

Career resultsEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points Pos.
2009 Le Mans Series (LMP1) Team Oreca 3 0 1 1 11 5th
2009 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP1) Team Oreca 1 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2008 Le Mans Series (LMP1) Team Oreca 5 0 0 0 6 12th
2007-08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 2 0 0 0 11 4th
2007 GP2 Series DAMS 20 2 1 2 23 12th
2007 24 Hours of Le Mans (GT1) Team Oreca - no no no - 9th
2006-07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 10 0 0 0 32 4th
2006 GP2 Series Arden International 17 0 0 1 32 9th
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 10 6 2 2 76 1st
2005 GP2 Series Arden International 23 0 1 1 21 12th
2004 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature Plus 20 3 2 2 85 3rd
2004 British Formula 3 Signature Plus 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature Plus 20 0 1 0 33 11th
2002 French Formula 3 Signature Plus 4 0 0 15 13th
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 8 0 1 2 120 3rd
2002 French Formula Renault 2000 24 9th
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 4 26th
2001 French Formula Renault 2000 65 8th
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 12 20th

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Signature Plus Dallara F302/043 Sodemo HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
ADR
1

6
ADR
2

11
PAU
1

DSQ
PAU
2

15
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

6
LMS
1

13
LMS
2

5
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

Ret
A1R
1

16
A1R
2

10
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

9
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

7
MAG
1

5
MAG
2

6
11th 33
2004 Opel Team Signature-Plus Dallara F304/004 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

8
HOC
2

Ret
EST
1

3
EST
2

3
ADR
1

14
ADR
1

4
PAU
1

2
PAU
2

1
NOR
1

15
NOR
1

5
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

4
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

6
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

4
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

Ret
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
3rd 85

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 France GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR

1
GER
FEA

1
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR

1
AUS
FEA

1
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR

7
UAE
FEA

1
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR

1
IDN
FEA

8
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR

2
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA

6
1st 172
2006–07 NED
SPR

3
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

3
CZE
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

17
CHN
FEA

4
MYS
SPR

6
MYS
FEA

3
IDN
SPR

7
IDN
FEA

3
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
4th 67
2007–08 NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR

6
CZE
FEA

5
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
4th 118

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Arden International IMO
FEA

DNS
IMO
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

9
MON
FEA

Ret
NÜR
FEA

12
NÜR
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA

3
MAG
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

9
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

6
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

13
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

23
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

20
12th 21
2006 Arden International VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

3
IMO
FEA

3
IMO
SPR

7
NÜR
FEA

5
NÜR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
HOC
FEA

20
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

14
IST
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

4
9th 32
2007 DAMS BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

DNS
MON
FEA

Ret
MAG
FEA

8
MAG
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

DNS
NÜR
FEA

9
NÜR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

14
IST
FEA

15
IST
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

10
MNZ
SPR

17
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

21
12th 23

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007   Team Oreca   Stéphane Ortelli
  Soheil Ayari
Saleen S7-R GT1 318 16th 9th
2009   Team Oreca-Matmut AIM   Olivier Panis
  Soheil Ayari
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 370 5th 5th
2010   Team Oreca-Matmut   Olivier Panis
  Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 373 DNF DNF
2011   Team Oreca-Matmut   Olivier Panis
  Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 339 5th 5th
2012   Toyota Racing   Alexander Wurz
  Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 134 DNF DNF
2013   Toyota Racing   Alexander Wurz
  Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 341 4th 4th
2014   Toyota Racing   Anthony Davidson
  Sébastien Buemi
Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H 374 3rd 3rd
2015   KCMG   Matthew Howson
  Richard Bradley
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 358 9th 1st
2016   Signatech Alpine   Gustavo Menezes
  Stéphane Richelmi
Alpine A460-Nissan LMP2 357 5th 1st
2017   Toyota Gazoo Racing   José María López
  Yuji Kunimoto
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 160 DNF DNF
2018   Signatech Alpine Matmut   André Negrão
  Pierre Thiriet
Alpine A470-Gibson LMP2 367 5th 1st

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB SPA LMS
Ret
SIL
2
SÃO
1
BHR
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
3rd 96
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
4
SPA
Ret
LMS
4
SÃO COA FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
Ret
4th 69.5
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
3
COA
3
FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 6th 96
2015 KCMG LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
3
LMS
1
NÜR COA
2
FUJ SHA BHR 5th 84
2016 Signatech-Alpine LMP2 Alpine A460 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
4
SPA
1
LMS
1
NÜR
1
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
3
SHA
4
BHR
3
1st 199
2017 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
4
NÜR
3
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
2
BHR
4
6th 121
Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 SPA
5
LMS
Ret
12th 60
2018–19 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
3
FUJ
3
SHA
3
SEB
2
SPA
2
LMS
1st* 143*

* Season still in progress.

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 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2015 Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta WTCC ARG
1
ARG
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
POR
1
POR
2
JPN
1

11
JPN
2

8
CHN
1

DSQ
CHN
2

9
THA
1

Ret
THA
2

DNS
QAT
1

10
QAT
2

10
16th 8

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2015 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC EST
1
11th 25
2016 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
3
RBR
Ret
LEC
3
SPA
1
EST
2
4th 76
2017 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
10
MNZ
2
RBR
Ret
LEC
7
SPA
5
ALG
9
11th 40
2018 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
Ret
MNZ
4
RBR
5
SIL
2
SPA
2‡
ALG
13
7th 50.5
2019 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
7
MNZ
8
CAT
SIL
SPA
ALG
11th* 11*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2016 DragonSpeed P Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 DAY SEB
4
LBH LGA DET WGL MOS ELK COA PET 26th 29
2017 DragonSpeed P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH COA DET WGL MOS ROA LAG PET 39th 21
2018 Tequila Patrón ESM P Nissan Onroak DPi Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6 DAY
18
SEB
1
LBH MDO DET WGL
16
MOS ELK LGA PET 32nd 63
2019 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB MDO
WGL
MOS
ELK
LGA
PET
7th* 30*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abbott, Andrew (28 August 2015). "LADA sign Nicolas Lapierre to complete season". TouringCars.Net. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

External linksEdit