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Soheil Ayari (born 5 April 1970) is a French-Iranian race car driver born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, from an Iranian father and a French mother. He won the French Formula Ford championship of 1994, Formula Three championship of 1996 and the Macau Grand Prix of 1997. From 1997 until 2000, he competed in Formula 3000 where he won two races before moving on to the French Supertouring Championship in 2001 where he became champion in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Soheil Ayari
Soheil Ayari.jpg
NationalityFrance French
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1997, 1999, 2003 - 2005, 2007-2012, 2014
TeamsViper Team Oreca, Pescarolo Sport, Pecom Racing
Best finish4th (2004, 2010)
Class wins0

In 2006 and 2007, he drove in GT Championship, in GT1 for Team Oreca (on a Saleen S7-R). He became French champion in 2006 & 2007 and won the European Le Mans séries championship in 2007 with Stephane Ortelli. In 2008 & 2009, he drove a Corvette GT 1 in French GT 3 championship before joining the Audi ORECA Team in 2010. In 2011, he raced and won 2 Championships : ILMC LMP2 (Signatech Nissan) and International Open GT with JMB Ferrari F458 GT2

Ayari driving the Oreca 01 during the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Soheil Ayari is also a famous 24 Hours of Le Mans driver with 11 starts in GT 1, LMP1 & LMP2. Best results over all were 4th in 2004 ((Pescarolo)) & 2010 (ORECA 01)), 5th in 2009 ((ORECA)) and 2nd LMP2 (Signatech Nissan) in 2011.

In 2014, he was in the European Le Mans Series, and in 2015, was in the French GT Championship in which he remained in 2016. In 2017, he switched to the GT4 European Southern Cup and in 2018, moved into French GT's again. Ayari also works as a journalist specialising in track tests and races in historic events.[1]

Contents

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 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 DC Points
1997 Team Astromega SIL
Ret
PAU
6
HEL
1
NÜR
19
PER
Ret
HOC
Ret
A1R
10
SPA
Ret
MUG
6
JER
Ret
8th 12
1998 Durango Formula OSC
Ret
IMO
Ret
CAT
5
SIL
Ret
MON
DNQ
PAU
Ret
A1R
1
HOC
Ret
HUN
Ret
SPA
3
PER
3
NÜR
Ret
5th 20
1999 Cica Team Oreca IMO
Ret
MON
Ret
CAT
10
MAG
8
SIL
4
A1R
2
HOC
12
HUN
4
SPA
Ret
NÜR
4
7th 15
2000 Coloni Motorsport IMO
14
SIL
6
CAT
Ret
NÜR
Ret
MON
Ret
MAG
22
A1R
Ret
HOC 24th 1
WRT Racing HUN
13
SPA
14

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1997   Viper Team Oreca   Tommy Archer
  Marc Duez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT2 76 DNF DNF
1999   Viper Team Oreca   David Donohue
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 271 DNF DNF
2003   Pescarolo Sport   Éric Hélary
  Nicolas Minassian
Courage C60-Peugeot LMP900 352 9th 7th
2004   Pescarolo Sport   Érik Comas
  Benoît Tréluyer
Pescarolo C60-Judd LMP1 361 4th 4th
2005   Pescarolo Sport   Éric Hélary
  Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 288 DNF DNF
2007   Team Oreca   Stéphane Ortelli
  Nicolas Lapierre
Saleen S7-R GT1 318 16th 9th
2008   Team Oreca-Matmut   Loïc Duval
  Laurent Groppi
Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 357 8th 8th
2009   Team Oreca-Matmut AIM   Olivier Panis
  Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 370 5th 5th
2010   AIM Team Oreca-Matmut   Didier André
  Andy Meyrick
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 369 4th 4th
2011   Signatech Nissan   Franck Mailleux
  Lucas Ordoñez
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 320 9th 2nd
2012   PeCom Racing   Luís Pérez Companc
  Pierre Kaffer
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 352 9th 3rd
2014   Team Sofrev ASP   Anthony Pons
  Fabien Barthez
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Am
325 29th 9th

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 DC Points
2005 Peugeot Sport Denmark Peugeot 407 ITA
1
ITA
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
SMR
1
SMR
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
BEL
1

23
BEL
2

Ret
GER
1
GER
2
TUR
1
TUR
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0

FIA GT Series resultsEdit

Year Class Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Pro-Am SOFREV Auto Sport Promotion Ferrari NOG
QR

Ret
NOG
CR

19
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
ZAN
QR
ZAN
QR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
BAK
QR
BAK
CR
20th 4

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