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Tristan Gommendy (born 4 January 1979) is a French professional racing driver.

Tristan Gommendy
2002 Gommendy.jpg
Gommendy on the podium after winning the 2002 Macau Grand Prix
NationalityFrench
Born (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 40)
Le Chesnay, Yvelines
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20032004, 2010, 2013
TeamsRacing for Holland
Gerard Welter
Best finish6th (2014)
Class wins0

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Le Chesnay, Yvelines, Gommendy began his professional career in French Formula Three in 2000. He won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2002 and also won the French F3 Championship that year. In 2003 he drove in Eurocup Formula Renault V6 and finished third. He moved to its successor the World Series by Nissan in 2004 and finished 5th and another season in 2005 he finished fourth.

GP2, Champ Car, and Superleague FormulaEdit

In 2006 Gommendy drove in the first five rounds GP2 Series for the iSport International team and was on front row for his first race in front of Lewis Hamilton. He finished 20th in points, scoring a pair of fifth places at Circuit de Catalunya

On 8 March 2007 it was announced that Gommendy had been signed to drive for PKV Racing in the 2007 Champ Car season as a teammate to Neel Jani. At Houston and Long Beach, he led several laps before breaking down with few laps to go. Later at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Gommendy won the pole and track record. He participated in twelve of the first thirteen races and finished 12th in points with a best finish of fourth in his final start at TT Circuit Assen.

 
Tristan Gommendy driving the FC Porto car at Donington Park during the 2008 Superleague Formula season.

With Champ Car merging with IndyCar the following year, resulting in fewer available race seats, Gommendy joined Superleague Formula driving for F.C. Porto, winning a race at ACI Vallelunga Circuit in 2008 and Donington Park in 2009. Gommendy continued in Superleague Formula with other teams and little success until the series shut down mid-way though the 2011 season.

Sports carsEdit

Gommendy made his first 24 Hours of Le Mans start in 2003. His team finished the race for the first time in 2010, driving a Welter Racing LMP2 entry to 8th in class. He competed in the LMP2 class of the 2009 Le Mans Series with Welter Racing.

In 2011 following the dissolution of Superleague Formula, Gommendy was largely out of racing until he appeared in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans for Signatech in their LMP2 Alpine A450. The team finished 14th overall and 8th in class. He raced at the LMP2 class 2014 European Le Mans Series for Thiriet by TDS Racing, winning at Silverstone. The Frenchman remained at the team for the 2015 European Le Mans Series, claiming a win at Imola and a second place at Red Bull Ring. For the 2016 European Le Mans Series, the driver switched to Eurasia Motorsport, finishing second at Red Bull Ring.

Jackie Chan DC Racing hired Gommendy to compete at the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, again in the LMP2 class. He finished third overall at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Return to IndyCarEdit

On September 11, 2017, it was announced that Gommendy would return to American open-wheel racing, making his Indianapolis 500 debut at the 2018 Indianapolis 500, driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in a partnership with former Larrousse F1 team boss Didier Calmels. However, that deal has since fallen through.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1999 French Formula Renault Mygale 21 0 0 0 3 116 5th
2000 French Formula Three ASM Elf 11 0 0 0 0 54 11th
British Formula 3 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
European Formula 3 Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 29th
2001 French Formula Three ASM Elf 11 0 1 0 2 94 6th
European Formula 3 Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 16th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2002 French Formula Three ASM Formule 3 14 5 10 7 10 202 1st
European Formula 3 Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Macau Grand Prix 1 1 0 1 1 N/A 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 17th
2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup ARTA-Signature 18 1 3 3 8 286 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP900 Racing for Holland 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2004 World Series by Nissan Saulnier Racing 16 0 0 0 5 96 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 Gerard Welter 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Series KTR 17 1 1 3 5 97 4th
2006 GP2 Series iSport International 9 0 0 0 0 6 20th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 4 0 1 0 1 16 19th
2007 Champ Car World Series PKV Racing 11 0 1 0 0 140 12th
2008 Superleague Formula F.C. Porto 11 1 0 0 2 277 7th
Le Mans Series – LMP2 WR Salini 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2009 Superleague Formula F.C. Porto 12 1 0 2 1 302 5th
Le Mans Series – LMP2 WR Salini 4 0 0 0 0 3 15th
2010 Superleague Formula Galatasaray S.K. 18 0 0 0 2 358 13th
Olympique Lyonnais 9 0 0 1 1 235 18th
Le Mans Series – LMP2 WR Salini 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 Gerard Welter 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
2011 Superleague Formula France - Girondins de Bordeaux 4 0 1 1 0 52 13th
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 Signatech-Alpine 1 0 0 0 0 0 8th
2014 European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Thiriet by TDS Racing 5 1 0 0 1 35 8th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd
2015 European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Thiriet by TDS Racing 4 1 0 1 3 66 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2015–16 Asian Le Mans Series Eurasia Motorsport 1 0 0 0 1 18 9th
2016 European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Eurasia Motorsport 6 0 0 0 1 10 9th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2 Jackie Chan DC Racing 9 0 0 0 1 77 11th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2018 European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Graff 6 0 0 0 0 23 14th
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 Graff-SO24 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2019 European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Graff 2 0 0 0 0 20 6th*
Source:[1]

† Ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003   Racing for Holland   Felipe Ortiz
  Beppe Gabbiani
Dome S101-Judd LMP900 316 DNF DNF
2004   Gerard Welter   Jean-Bernard Bouvet
  Bastien Brière
WR LM2004-Peugeot LMP2 137 DNF DNF
2010   Gerard Welter   Philippe Salini
  Stéphane Salini
WR LMP2008-Zytek LMP2 308 23rd 8th
2013   Signatech-Alpine   Pierre Ragues
  Nelson Panciatici
Alpine A450-Nissan LMP2 317 14th 8th
2014   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Pierre Thiriet
  Ludovic Badey
Ligier JS P2-Nissan LMP2 355 6th 2nd
2015   Thiriet by TDS Racing   Pierre Thiriet
  Ludovic Badey
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 204 DNF DNF
2016   Eurasia Motorsport   Nick de Bruijn
  Pu Jun Jin
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 348 9th 5th
2017   Jackie Chan DC Racing   David Cheng
  Alex Brundle
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 363 3rd 2nd
2018   Graff-SO24   Vincent Capillaire
  Jonathan Hirschi
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 366 6th 2nd
2019   Graff   Vincent Capillaire
  Jonathan Hirschi
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 362 14th 9th

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series 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 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2005 KTR ZOL
1

4
ZOL
2

Ret
MON
1

4
VAL
1

7
VAL
2

1
LMS
1

15
LMS
2

16
BIL
1

3
BIL
2

19†
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

2
DON
1

NC
DON
2

4
EST
1

3
EST
2

Ret
MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

16
4th 96
2006 Pons Racing ZOL
1
ZOL
2
MON
1
IST
1
IST
2
MIS
1
MIS
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
DON
1
DON
2
LMS
1

8
LMS
2

2
CAT
1

NC
CAT
2

Ret
19th 16

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete GP2 Series 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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2006 iSport International VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

11
IMO
FEA

Ret
IMO
SPR

17
NÜR
FEA

13
NÜR
SPR

12
CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

5
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
20th 6

American Open-WheelEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Champ CarEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2007 PKV Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE V8 t LVS
5
LBH
11
HOU
13
POR
7
CLE
13
MTT
12
TOR
15
EDM SJO
8
ROA
7
ZOL
16
ASN
4
SRF MXC 12th 140

Superleague FormulaEdit

2008-2009Edit

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 F.C. Porto Alan Docking Racing DON NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 7th 277
7 9 8 5 6 15 16 DN 8 1 2 12
2009 F.C. Porto Hitech Junior Team MAG ZOL DON EST MOZ JAR 5th 302
16 7 12 7 8 1 7 13 6 5

2009 Super Final ResultsEdit

  • Super Final results in 2009 did not count for points towards the main championship.
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6
2009 F.C. Porto
Hitech Junior Team
MAG
DNQ
ZOL
N/A
DON
5
EST MOZ
N/A
JAR
5

2010-2011Edit

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NC 12 Position Points
2010 Galatasaray S.K. Barazi-Epsilon SIL ASS MAG JAR NÜR ZOL BRH ADR POR ORD BEI NAV 13th 358
14 14 X 8 8 X 14 9 X 13 14 X 9 3 5 14 3 4 8 17 X 9 13 X
Olympique Lyonnais Atech GP/Reid Motorsport 11 2 6 14 17 X 4 11 C 14 13 X 18th 235
2011 France - Girondins de Bordeaux Azerti Motorsport HOL BEL 13th 52
14 4 X 14 11 X

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos. Pts
2008 WR / Salini LMP2 WR LMP2008 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 CAT MNZ SPA NÜR SIL
Ret
NC 0
2009 WR / Salini LMP2 WR LMP2008 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 CAT
9
SPA
6
ALG NÜR
Ret
SIL
9
15th 3
2010 WR / Salini LMP2 WR LMP2008 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 LEC
Ret
SPA ALG HUN SIL NC 0
2014 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
IMO
5
8th 35
Ligier JS P2 RBR
Ret
LEC
Ret
EST
Ret
2015 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
IMO
1
RBR
2
LEC
6
EST 4th 66
2016 Eurasia Motorsport LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
5
RBR
2
LEC
4
SPA
Ret
EST
5
7th 50
2018 Graff LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
10
MNZ
Ret
RBR
8
SIL
4
SPA
8‡
ALG
8
11th 23
2019 Graff LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
5
MNZ
5
CAT
SIL
SPA
ALG
6th* 20*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.
* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2017 Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
8
SPA
10
LMS
2
NÜR
5
MEX
6
COA
5
FUJ
Ret
SHA
8
BHR
8
11th 77

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Drivers – Tristan Gommendy". DriverDatabase. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ryo Fukuda
French Formula Three
Champion

2002
Succeeded by
Ryan Briscoe
(F3 Euroseries)
Preceded by
Takuma Sato
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2002
Succeeded by
Nicolas Lapierre