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Racing Engineering is a Spanish racing team founded in 1999 by Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón that currently competes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The team's headquarters are located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, near Jerez, where all car preparation and race team organization is based. The team has won 12 championship in many categories including Spanish Formula 3, World Series by Nissan, and GP2 Series.

Spain Racing Engineering
Founded1999
Founder(s)Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
BaseSanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
Team principal(s)Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
Current seriesNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
Former seriesFIA Formula 2 Championship
GP2 Series
World Series by Nissan
Spanish F3
European Le Mans Series
Current driversElite 1:
48. Spain Ander Vilariño[1]
88. France Romain Iannetta[2]
Elite 2:
48. United States Myatt Snider[3]
88. France Eric Clément
Teams'
Championships
Spanish Formula 3:
2001-2006
World Series by Nissan:
2002
Drivers'
Championships
Spanish Formula 3:
2001: Ander Vilariño
2003: Ricardo Mauricio
2004: Borja Garcia
GP2 Series:
2008: Giorgio Pantano
2013: Fabio Leimer
Websitehttp://www.racing-engineering.com/

Notable former Racing Engineering drivers include Sebastian Vettel, Lucas di Grassi, Alexander Rossi and Justin Wilson.

HistoryEdit

In 2000, Racing Engineering was the first Spanish team to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, doing so in the GT Class with a Porsche 911 GT3-R.

In ten years of history, the team has won eleven championship titles, which is a record for any motor racing team in such a brief period of time.

Racing Engineering has participated in categories such as the Spanish GT Championship, Spanish Formula Three, in which Racing Engineering won all six consecutive championships in which it participated, World Series by Nissan and more recently, in the GP2 Series, the main feeder championship for Formula 1.

Racing Engineering participated in the Spanish Formula Three championship between 2001 and 2006 and were team champions in each of those years. The team featured names such as Nicolas Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Sébastien Buemi, Ricardo Mauricio, Álvaro Parente and Miguel Molina among their drivers. They also achieved the drivers’ title with Ander Vilariño in 2001, Ricardo Mauricio in 2003 and Borja Garcia in 2004.

The team also participated in the World Series by Nissan in 2002 and 2003. Winning the team championship in 2002 and were vice-champions in 2003.

In 2005 Racing Engineering embarked in a new adventure and joined the newly created GP2 Series. Since 2007, all efforts of the Spanish team are solely focused on this championship.

In 2005 Racing Engineering featured the Swiss Neel Jani and the recently crowned Spanish Formula 3 champion Borja Garcia. The team finished the season fifth in the teams’ championship.

For 2006, Racing Engineering signed Briton Adam Carroll and the young Spanish Javier Villa. The team finished the year in seventh position.

 
Giorgio Pantano - 2008 Racing Engineering

In 2007, Racing Engineering continued its GP2 participation with the young Javier Villa, who once more was the youngest driver in the field. The Spaniard celebrated three victories in the Racing Engineering car.

For the 2008 season, the drivers were Javier Villa, in his third season in the championship with the team, and Giorgio Pantano, another veteran.[4] Pantano celebrated an amazing season and claimed the drivers' title, whilst the team finished in fourth position.

 
Dani Clos - 2011 Racing Engineering

For the 2009 season, Racing Engineering signed the young Spaniard Dani Clos for his debut in the category and Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who was also the third driver for the Renault F1 Team. The Spanish rookie achieved his first podium at the Portimao round, whilst Di Grassi was third in the championship and, for the 2010 season, graduated to F1.

For the 2010 season Dani Clos continued with the team. Whilst continuing with their policy of having an experienced driver and giving a chance to a rookie, Racing Engineering signed the German newcomer Christian Vietoris, vice-champion of the 2009 F3 Euroseries. Dani Clos has been in the fight for the drivers’ championship right up until the penultimate round, having achieved pole position in Monaco and having won the sprint race in Istanbul, as well as finishing on the podium several times during the season.
Christian Vietoris achieved his first win in the championship during the sprint race in Monza after a rocket start.[5] For the last round in Abu Dhabi, Vietoris suffered an appendecitis at the last minute, with Racing engineering being able to secure Ho-Pin Tung as a replacement just in time for the practice session. Dani Clos ended the season just one point shy of being third in the championship, whilst Racing Engineering finished the season in fourth position in the teams' table.
For the 2011 GP2 season, Racing Engineering competed in the Asia Series for the first time, with Nathanaël Berthon joining Clos on the driving strength. Clos took victory in the final race of the truncated season, elevating the team to ninth in the championship. Vietoris returned for the main series, replacing Berthon, but was then injured and sat out four races, for which he was replaced by Álvaro Parente. After Vietoris' return, he won two races and finished ninth in the drivers' championship, ahead of Clos (ninth) and Parente (16th), who also raced for the Carlin team later in the year. Racing Engineering finished a career-best third in the teams' championship, behind Addax and DAMS.

In 2012, Racing Engineering signed Fabio Leimer and rookie Nathanaël Berthon for the 2012 season, the Asia Series having been discontinued. Leimer finished seventh in the drivers' championship with six podium finishes, a pole position and two fastest laps; Berthon was twelfth with two second-placed finishes. The team manage to get to fourth place in the teams' championship.

In 2013 Racing Engineering finished the GP2 Team’s Championship in third with Fabio Leimer and Julian Leal behind the wheels of the Spanish team’s cars. The young Swiss Fabio Leimer was crowned 2013 GP2 Champion at the YAS Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, while his teammate Julian Leal finished the season as 12th in the overall standings.

In 2014, the team signed Stefano Coletti and Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello as their drivers for the 2014 season. The team achieved three victories and finished fourth in the teams' championship, with Coletti finishing 6th and Marciello 8th in the drivers' championship.

For 2015, Racing Engineering signed Jordan King as one of their drivers. On February 27, the team confirmed Alexander Rossi for a drive in the 2015 season.[6] The team finished second in the standings with Rossi scoring three wins and finishing runner-up.

The team retained King for the 2016 season whilst signing Norman Nato and retained second in the championship with four wins from the pair.

For the 2017 season, Nyck de Vries and Gustav Malja were signed to the team.

The 2018 season sees the Spanish team compete in the European Le Mans Series, which means a return to endurance racing for Racing Engineering. The team will compete with an LMP2 car.

For the 2019 season, Racing Engineering will compete in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Three-time Euro Series champion Ander Vilariño, who won the Spanish Formula Three championship with the team in 2001, returns to the team to compete in the No. 48 Ford Mustang in the Elite 1 class.[1] He will be partnered by 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Myatt Snider in the Elite 2 class.[3] The team would also field Romain Iannetta and Eric Clément in the No. 88 Ford Mustang in the Elite 1 and Elite 2 class respectively.[2]

ResultsEdit

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 1Edit

Year Car No. Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps Points D.C.
2019 Ford Mustang 48   Ander Vilariño 4* 2* 2* 1* 123* 5th*
88   Romain Iannetta 4* 0* 0* 0* 82* 16th*

* Season still in progress.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite 2Edit

Year Car No. Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps Points D.C.
2019 Ford Mustang 48   Myatt Snider 4* 0* 2* 2* 101* 6th*
88   Eric Clément 2* 0* 0* 0* 15* 32nd*

* Season still in progress.

European Le Mans SeriesEdit

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps Points D.C. T.C.
2018 Oreca 07   Norman Nato
  Paul Petit
  Olivier Pla
  Matthieu Vaxivière
6 1 0 2 66 - 2nd

FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipEdit

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps Points D.C. T.C.
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome   Nyck de Vries 14 1 0 0 72 8th 8th
  Gustav Malja 14 0 0 0 28 11th

GP2 SeriesEdit

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2005 Dallara-Mecachrome   Neel Jani 23 2 1 0 48 7th 5th
  Borja Garcia 22 0 0 0 17.5 14th
2006 Dallara-Mecachrome   Adam Carroll 21 0 0 0 33 8th 7th
  Javier Villa 21 0 0 0 0 26th
2007 Dallara-Mecachrome   Javier Villa 21 3 0 0 42 5th 6th
  Sérgio Jimenez 5 0 0 0 4 24th
  Ernesto Viso 3 0 0 0 0 29th
  Filipe Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 0 32nd
  Marcos Martinez Ucha 8 0 0 0 5 22nd
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome   Javier Villa 20 0 0 0 8 17th 4th
  Giorgio Pantano 20 4 4 4 76 1st
2009 Dallara-Mecachrome   Lucas di Grassi 20 1 1 1 63 3rd 4th
  Dani Clos 20 0 0 0 4 21st
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome   Dani Clos 20 1 1 1 51 4th 4th
  Christian Vietoris 18 1 0 0 29 9th
  Ho-Pin Tung 2 0 0 0 0 28th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome   Dani Clos 18 0 0 0 30 9th 3rd
  Christian Vietoris 14 2 1 2 35 7th
  Álvaro Parente 4 0 0 0 8 16th
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome   Fabio Leimer 23 0 1 2 152 7th 4th
  Nathanaël Berthon 23 0 0 0 60 12th
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome   Fabio Leimer 23 3 1 1 201 1st 3rd
  Julian Leal 23 0 0 0 62 12th
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome   Raffaele Marciello 20 1 0 0 72 8th 4th
  Stefano Coletti 20 2 0 5 115 6th
2015 Dallara-Mecachrome   Jordan King 21 0 0 1 60 12th 2nd
  Alexander Rossi 21 3 1 0 181.5 2nd
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome   Norman Nato 22 2 1 1 136 5th 2nd
  Jordan King 22 2 0 1 122 7th

† Tung also competed in 14 races for DAMS in 2010.
‡ Parente also competed in 8 races for Carlin in 2011.


World Series by NissanEdit

World Series by Nissan results[7]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2002 Dallara SN01-Nissan   Franck Montagny 18 4 3 2 222 2nd 1st
  Justin Wilson 18 2 2 1 173 4th
2003 Dallara SN01-Nissan   Stéphane Sarrazin 18 1 2 4 110 7th 2nd
  Bas Leinders 18 2 2 1 128 3rd

Spanish Formula 3Edit

Spanish Formula Three results[8]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2001 Dallara F300-Toyota   Ander Vilariño 13 6 7 7 196 1st 1st
  Benjamin Poron 6 0 0 0 28 18th
  Daniel Martin 8 1 1 2 157 2nd
2002 Dallara F300-Toyota   Álvaro Parente 13 1 1 1 139 4th 1st
  Andy Soucek 13 0 1 0 118 8th
  Lucas Lasserre 13 3 0 1 183 2nd
2003 Dallara F300-Toyota   Pedro Barral 13 0 0 1 97 8th 1st
  Ricardo Mauricio 13 6 4 2 192 1st
  Dennis Furchheim 5 0 0 0 28 16th
  Juan Antonio del Pino 5 0 0 0 76 10th
  Jan Heylen 2 0 0 0
  Lourenço da Veiga 12 0 0 0 89 9th
2004 Dallara F300-Toyota   Borja Garcia 13 9 8 8 149 1st 1st
  Steven Kane 12 1 1 2 100 3rd
  Maria de Villota 12 0 0 0 13 12th
  Emilio de Villota Jr. 2 0 0 0
2005 Dallara F305-Toyota   Javier Villa 15 3 3 5 96 4th 1st
  Ricardo Risatti 15 4 5 4 96 3rd
  Filipe Albuquerque 12 1 1 0 52 6th
  Sebastian Vettel 1 0 0 0 8 15th
  Sébastien Buemi 2 0 0 0
2006 Dallara F305-Toyota   Marcos Martinez Ucha 14 1 0 0 28 10th 1st
  Javier Villa 2 0 0 0 10 15th
  Nicolas Prost 16 1 0 0 83 4th
  Miguel Molina 15 1 0 0 73 6th
  Sérgio Jimenez 16 1 1 1 74 5th

Reference: GP2 and Formula 3000 entrylist and complete results

TimelineEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ander Vilarino set for NWES return with Racing Engineering". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Romain Iannetta participará con Racing Engineering en la categoría Elite 1 de las NASCAR Whelen Euro Series 2019" [Romain Iannetta will participate with Racing Engineering in the Elite 1 category of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series]. racing-engineering.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Myatt Snider to compete full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Racing Engineering sign Pantano". autosport.com. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  5. ^ "YouTube". Google.
  6. ^ "Formula F1 Hopeful Alex Rossi Lands GP2 Ride Racing Engineering". Autoweek.
  7. ^ WSbR complete results speedsportmag.com
  8. ^ Spanish F3 complete results speedsportmag.com

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