Érik Comas

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Érik Comas
Comas lm2005.jpg
Comas in 2005
Born (1963-09-28) 28 September 1963 (age 51)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
Active years 19911994
Teams Ligier, Larrousse
Races 63 (59 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1991 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1994 Japanese Grand Prix

Érik Comas (born 28 September 1963 in Romans-sur-Isère, Drôme) is a former Formula One driver from France. He was French Formula 3 champion in 1988, and then Formula 3000 champion in 1990, after scoring the same number of points as Jean Alesi in 1989 but losing on a count-back of positions. He participated in 63 Grands Prix, debuting on 10 March 1991. He scored a total of 7 championship points. His last point, in the 1994 German Grand Prix, was also the last one for the Larrousse team.

Career[edit]

Formula One[edit]

At the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Comas was mistakenly waved out of the pits and drove onto the circuit during the red flag which followed the fatal crash of Ayrton Senna. Marshals frantically tried to flag Comas down through the Tamburello corner and he only narrowly avoided rescue workers and vehicles, including an aid helicopter which had landed at the scene, before bringing his Larrousse to a stop. He retired from the race following the incident, due to the distressing scenes he witnessed as medical staff tried to revive Senna. It had been Senna who saved Comas' life at Spa in 1992 after Comas had a terrible crash at the Blanchimont corner during Friday qualifying. Senna jumped from his own car, ran over to Comas, shut down his engine and held Comas' head in a stable position until the doctors could arrive.[1] When Senna died at Imola in 1994, Comas was so shocked he decided to not participate in the restart of the race, mainly because of what happened at Spa two years earlier.

After Formula One[edit]

After ending a disappointing Formula One career at the end of the 1994 season, he went to Japan to continue his racing career in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), Japan's premiere racing series. Soon enough, he won the GT500 title in 1998 and 1999, and earned runner-up in the standings in 2000, all three years driving for Nissan in a factory Nismo-prepared Skyline GT-R. He left the Nismo team in 2002 to join the factory Toyota team the following year. By the end of the 2003 season, he was the most successful driver in the history of the series, with the most career championship points ever scored by a single driver. This was eventually surpassed by another Nismo driver, Satoshi Motoyama.

After a decent run with Toyota, Comas spent the 2004/2005 seasons with Masahiro Hasemi's privateer Hasemi Sport team, running non-factory Nissan 350Zs in GT500, including inheriting the team's only win (co-driving with Toshihiro Kaneishi) thus far on the evening of 18 December 2004 at the "All-Star 200" exhibition race on California Speedway's combined oval/road course after the unofficial winners were penalized 60 seconds on their finishing time for a pit window infraction. Unfortunately, the race was a non-points scoring event and as such does not count towards the drivers' or team's official win record.

In the 2006 Super GT championship season (formerly JGTC) he raced for former JGTC driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans team owner Masahiko Kondo's all new privateer Nissan 350Z racing team. He also branched out into rallying, competing in various events around the world. Along with this, he created Comas Racing Management (CRM), a firm that focuses on the management and development of young up and coming drivers, primarily from his home country of France.

At 5th race of the 2006 season at Sportsland SUGO, Comas was replaced with later Pokka 1000 km third driver Seiji Ara due to what the CRM website referred on as "ill health."[2] After coming back for the Pokka 1000 km, on 5 September 2006, Comas announced on his website that because of his health, he would not compete in the final 3 races of the season.[3]

Comas was known for not wearing a tinted visor, preferring to wear sunglasses underneath his visor. His son, Anthony used to compete in the Formula BMW UK series for Carlin Motorsport.

Comas has now effectively retired from all forms of racing. He spends his time these days running Comas Historic Racing, which provides for paying customers to enter historic rallies driving cars from his fleet of blue Alpine automobiles.[4]

In 2010 and 2011, he won the electric vehicle category of the Rallye Monte Carlo des Véhicules à Énergie Alternative (the opening event of the FIA Alternative Energies Cup) with a Tesla Roadster.[5]

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(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 DC Points
1989 DAMS SIL
5
VAL
4
PAU
DNQ
JER
2
PER
Ret
BRH
3
BIR
Ret
SPA
2
BUG
1
DIJ
1
2nd 39
1990 DAMS DON
1
SIL
2
PAU
Ret
JER
1
MNZ
1
PER
Ret
HOC
4
BRH
Ret
BIR
Ret
BUG
1
NOG
2
1st 51

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1991 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS35 Lamborghini V12 USA
DNQ
BRA
Ret
SMR
10
MON
10
CAN
8
MEX
DNQ
FRA
11
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
HUN
10
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
POR
11
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
18
NC 0
1992 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS37 Renault V10 RSA
7
MEX
9
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
9
MON
10
CAN
6
FRA
5
GBR
8
GER
6
HUN
Ret
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
11th 4
1993 Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini V12 RSA
Ret
BRA
10
EUR
9
SMR
Ret
ESP
9
MON
Ret
CAN
8
FRA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
6
POR
11
JPN
Ret
AUS
12
20th 1
1994 Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford V8 BRA
9
PAC
6
SMR
Ret
MON
10
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
6
HUN
8
BEL
Ret
ITA
8
POR
Ret
EUR
Ret
JPN
9
AUS 23rd 2

Complete JGTC/Super GT results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
1995 Team Cerumo Toyota Supra GT1 SUZ
5
FUJ
14
SEN
15
FUJ
Ret
SUG
11
MIN
DSQ
19th 8
1996 TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 SUZ
16
FUJ
4
SEN
1
FUJ
Ret
SUG
4
MIN
2
3rd 55
1997 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
1
FUJ
SEN
2
FUJ
10
MIN
9
SUG
3
6th 50
1998 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
1
FUJ
C
SEN
1
FUJ
10
MOT
4
MIN
4
SUG
6
1st 67
1999 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
2
FUJ
5
SUG
6
MIN
1
FUJ
3
TAI
7
MOT
3
1st 77
2000 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
1
FUJ
6
SUG
Ret
FUJ
4
TAI
3
MIN
3
SUZ
5
2nd 68
2001 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
13
FUJ
4
SUG
10
FUJ
2
MOT
Ret
SUZ
3
MIN
2
4th 53
2002 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
12
FUJ
6
SUG
4
SEP
16
FUJ
14
MOT
17
MIN
Ret
SUZ
8
19th 19
2003 TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
6
FUJ
10
SUG
2
FUJ
7
FUJ
5
MOT
2
AUT
8
SUZ
8
5th 61
2004 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Z GT500 TAI
6
SUG
6
SEP
4
TOK
3
MOT
7
AUT
Ret
SUZ
3
4th 50
2005 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Z GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
9
SEP
Ret
SUG
15
MOT
13
FUJ
4
AUT
3
SUZ
4
8th 42
2006 Kondo Racing Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
10
OKA
10
FUJ
10
SEP
8
SUG
SUZ
5
MOT
AUT
FUJ
18th 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube.com
  2. ^ ErikComas.com
  3. ^ ErikComas.com
  4. ^ comashistoric.com
  5. ^ Rallye Monte Carlo des Énergies Nouvelles et Électrique, in ACM.mc.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Éric Bernard
Championnat de France Formule Renault Turbo Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Claude Degremont
Preceded by
Xavier Lapeyre
French Touring Car Champion
1987
Succeeded by
Jean Ragnotti
Preceded by
Jean Alesi
French Formula Three
Champion

1988
Succeeded by
Jean-Marc Gounon
Preceded by
Jean Alesi
International Formula 3000 Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Christian Fittipaldi
Preceded by
Pedro de la Rosa
Michael Krumm
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion (GT500)
1998–1999
In 1998, with Masami Kageyama
Succeeded by
Ryo Michigami