Nikolai Fomenko

Nikolay Vladimirovich Fomenko (Russian: Николай Владимирович Фоменко, born 30 April 1962) is a Russian musician, comic actor, motor racer, former president of Marussia Motors and former engineering director of Marussia F1.

Nikolai Fomenko
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Fomenko in 2012
Nikolai Vladimirovich Fomenko

(1962-04-30) 30 April 1962 (age 59)
Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Occupationmotor racer, musician, comic actor
Spouse(s)Maria Golubkina

Music careerEdit

Fomenko started his career as vocalist and guitarist in the band Secret, who were very popular in Russia in the mid-1980s.

Acting careerEdit

Fomenko first started his acting career as a theater actor in the Theater of Youth Creativity (1974-1976).


Year Film Role
1983 Speed (Skorost') Student
1997 Sympathy Seeker (Sirota Kazanskaya) Kolya
1999 Luna Papa (Lunny Papa) Yassir
1999 The Sky with Diamonds (Nebo v Almazakh) Anton Chekhov
2000 Check (Chek) Brunet
2000 Old Hags (Starye Klyachi) businessman Vassily Khomenko
2003 The Suit (Shik) Botya
2003 Bedroom Key (Klyuch ot Spal'ni) Vakhlakov
2007 Model (Naturshchitsa)
2007 Gloss (Глянец)
2008 Radio Day (Den' Radio) As himself
2017 You All Infuriate Me Boris Dmitrievich
2017 Rock Dog Angus Scattergood

TV careerEdit

Fomenko performed in the popular Russian music collection series Staryye Pesni o Glavnom (Old songs about the important).

He hosted two seasons of a TV show The Interception and a season of the game-show The Weakest Link on Russia's Channel 5.

In 2009, he began hosting Top Gear Russia, the REN-TV spin-off of the BBC series Top Gear.

Car racing careerEdit

In 1994, Fomenko was invited by Vladislav Listyev to participate in a car racing show as a celebrity guest. Later he started to train as a professional racer and took his first victory in 1996.


Year Team Car Class Co-drivers Points Pos.
2000 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 58 N-GT   Alexey Vasilyev 0
2001 Freisinger Racing Porsche 996 GT3-R 59 N-GT   Alexey Vasilyev

  Richard Kaye

2002 RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 77 N-GT   Alexey Vasilyev

  Antonio García
  Jesus Diez Villaroel

1 26
2003 RWS Yukos Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 77 N-GT   Alexey Vasilyev

  Adam Jones
  Stephane Daoudi

17 14
2004 Freisinger Yukos Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RSR 77 N-GT   Alexey Vasilyev 26 7
Cirtek Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS 73   Adam Jones

  John Grant
  Vic Rice

2005 Russian Age Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello 17; 18 GT1   Alexey Vasilyev

  Christophe Bouchut
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Nicolas Minassian

5 19

Endurance racesEdit

Year Race Team Car Class Co-drivers Pos.
2003 24 Hours of Daytona RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GTS   Alexey Vasilyev,   Patrick Bourdais
  Walter Lechner Jr.,   Tetsuya Tanaka
28 (9)
2004 24 Hours of Le Mans Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR LMGT   Alexey Vasilyev,   Patrick Bourdais DNF
2005 24 Hours of Le Mans Cirtek Motorsport/
Russian Age Racing/
Convers Team
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello LMGT1   Alexey Vasilyev,   Christophe Bouchut 17 (5)

Car manufacturerEdit

Fomenko is involved in the development and launching of the Marussia sports car.[1]

Formula OneEdit

In 2010 Marussia became a sponsor of Virgin Racing Formula One team. On 11 November 2010, Marussia acquired a controlling stake in the team.

On 2 February 2011 Fomenko was announced as Engineering Director of the Marussia Virgin Racing Formula One team.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Andrei Mironov's stepdaughter, actress Maria Golubkina, and has three children: daughters Anastasia and Ekaterina, and a son, Ivan.


  1. ^ Marussia sports car born out of Russia
  2. ^ "Virgin racing management reshuffle". Retrieved 2011-02-02.

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