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Pierre Thiriet (born 20 April 1989 in Épinal) is a French racing driver. He finished eighth overall and second in the LMP2 class of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and won the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class in 2012.

Pierre Thiriet
Renault Mégane Trophy, 2010 Brno WSR (40).jpg
Thiriet in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy at Brno in 2010.
NationalityFrance French
Born (1989-04-20) 20 April 1989 (age 30)
Épinal
European Le Mans Series career
Debut season2011
Current teamThiriet by TDS Racing
Car number46
Starts8
Wins4
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finishChampion in 2012
Previous series
20092010Eurocup Mégane Trophy
Championship titles
2012Euro Le Mans Series LMP2 Class

CareerEdit

After competing in karting in 2003–04,[1] Thiriet began racing in the Eurocup Mégane Trophy in 2009. Driving for TDS Racing, he finished fifth in the standings. Remaining with TDS for the 2010 season, Thiriet finished second in the standings behind teammate Nick Catsburg with two race wins.

Thiriet followed TDS into sportscar racing in 2011, contesting the Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class in an Oreca 03 shared with Mathias Beche and Jody Firth. The trio won the rounds at Spa and Estoril and finished fourth in the final drivers' standings. Thiriet also contested the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Luxury Racing Ferrari 430, but the car failed to finish.

For 2012, LMP2 became the top class of the renamed European Le Mans Series. Partnering Beche, Thiriet and TDS won the opening round of the season at Paul Ricard and the season finale at Road Atlanta, securing his first major championship victory. For the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans they were joined by Christophe Tinseau and the car finished eighth overall and second in LMP2.

Thiriet is the son of Claude Thiriet, the founder of the French frozen food company Thiriet.[1]

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011   Luxury Racing   Anthony Beltoise
  François Jakubowski
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
136 DNF DNF
2012   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Mathias Beche
  Christophe Tinseau
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 353 8th 2nd
2013   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Ludovic Badey
  Maxime Martin
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 310 DNF DNF
2014   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Ludovic Badey
  Tristan Gommendy
Ligier JS P2-Nissan LMP2 355 6th 2nd
2015   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Ludovic Badey
  Tristan Gommendy
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 204 DNF DNF
2016   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Mathias Beche
  Ryō Hirakawa
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 241 DNF DNF
2017   G-Drive Racing   Roman Rusinov
  Alex Lynn
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 20 DNF DNF
2018   Signatech Alpine Matmut   Nicolas Lapierre
  André Negrão
Alpine A470-Gibson LMP2 367 5th 1st
2019   Signatech Alpine Matmut   Nicolas Lapierre
  André Negrão
Alpine A470-Gibson LMP2 368 6th 1st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Palmares" (PDF). European Le Mans Series. ACO. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2012.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Kimber-Smith
Karim Ojjeh
(Le Mans Series - LMP2)
European Le Mans Series
Champion

2012
With: Mathias Beche
Succeeded by
Pierre Ragues
Nelson Panciatici
Preceded by
Bruno Senna
Julien Canal
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
2018-19
With: Nicolas Lapierre & André Negrão
Succeeded by
Incumbent