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TDS Racing (Top Drive Services, also known as Pouchelon Racing) is a French racing team, currently competing in the European Le Mans Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

France TDS Racing
Founded2004
Founder(s)Xavier Combet
Jacques Morello
BaseSaint-Aunès, France
Team principal(s)Xavier Combet
Current seriesFIA World Endurance Championship
European Le Mans Series
Former seriesEurocup Mégane Trophy
Blancpain Endurance Series
Teams'
Championships
Eurocup Mégane Trophy:
2009, 2010
European Le Mans Series:
LMP2 2012, GTC 2015
Drivers'
Championships
Eurocup Mégane Trophy:
2008: Michaël Rossi
2010: Nick Catsburg
European Le Mans Series:
LMP2 2012:
Mathias Beche, Pierre Thiriet
GTC 2015:
Eric Dermont, Dino Lunardi, Franck Perera

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HistoryEdit

Eurocup Mégane Trophy (2005-2013)Edit

 
Nick Catsburg at 2010 Eurocup Mégane Trophy Brno round

In 2005, TDS Racing, founded and run by Xavier Combet and Jacques Morello, entered the Eurocup Mégane Trophy for the first time, competing under the Pouchelon Racing banner with Ludovic Badey and Matthieu Cheruy. In the next year the team changed name to TDS. After eight years of running in the Mégane Trophy, the team had scored titles in both drivers' and teams championships. The first championship title was clinched by Michaël Rossi in 2008, who won races at Spa, Hungaroring and Estoril. In 2010, Nick Catsburg became another championship winner.[1]

European Le Mans Series (2011-2016)Edit

 
Mathias Beche in Oreca 03-Nissan in Petit Le Mans 2012

In 2011, the team purchased Oreca 03-Nissan car to compete in European Le Mans Series with Mathias Beche, Jody Firth, Pierre Thiriet. The team retained Beche and Thiriet for 2012 and took titles with them in drivers' and teams' championship.[2] The team has competed in BMW Z4 GT3 in the GTC Class in 2015 with Eric Dermont, Dino Lunardi and Franck Perera. They became champions in both drivers' and teams' standings.[3]

Blancpain Endurance Series (2013-2015)Edit

From 2013 to 2015 TDS Racing competed in Blancpain Endurance Series, using BMW Z4 GT3. 2014 was their most successful season in the series, as the duo of Henry Hassid and Nick Catsburg won races at Circuit Paul Ricard and Nürburgring.[4]

FIA World Endurance Championship (2017-)Edit

TDS Racing purchased two Oreca 07-Gibson cars and will make debut in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017.[5] Also the team will field one car under G-Drive Racing banner.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Renault Megane Trophy". Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Thiriet by TDS Racing crowned European Le Mans Series champions". motorsport.com. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "ELMS Crowns Their Champions, Plus Special Awards For Robertson, Hignett & TDS". Dailysportscar. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Blancpain Endurance Series: Nurburgring 1000, Hour 6 Report". Dailysportscar. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ Dagys, John (26 November 2016). "Collard, Perrodo Step Up to LMP2 With TDS Racing". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Rusinov seals WEC LMP2 return as G-Drive partners TDS". Motorsport.com. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

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