Alain Menu

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Alain Menu
Alain menu doningtonpark2014.JPG
Nationality   Swiss
Born (1963-08-09) 9 August 1963 (age 51)
Geneva (Switzerland)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 1992
Current team CHROME Edition Restart Racing
Car no. 9
Former teams VX Racing
Ford Team Mondeo
Blend 37 Williams Renault
Renault Dealer Racing
Starts 226
Wins 36
Poles 28
Fastest laps 20
Best finish 1st in 1997, 2000
Previous series
2013
2008–11
200512
2004–06
2004
2003
200103
2000, 200405
1995
1991
199091
1990
1987–90
Porsche Supercup
TC2000
WTCC
TC2000
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
American Le Mans Series
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
V8 Supercars
Italian Super Touring Cars
DTM
International Formula 3000
British Formula 3000
British Formula Three Championship
Championship titles
1997, 2000 British Touring Car Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2002, 2004
Teams Prodrive Racing
Best finish 11th (2004)
Class wins 0

Alain Menu (born 9 August 1963 in Geneva) is a Swiss racing driver who races in the British Touring Car Championship for Team BMR. He was one of the most successful touring car drivers of the 1990s, winning the prestigious British Touring Car Championship twice (the only driver during the series' 1991–2000 Super Touring era to do so). He drove for Chevrolet in the World Touring Car Championship between 2005 and 2012 with a best finish of second in 2012.

Biography[edit]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Team M Mobile (1992)[edit]

He is the son of a farmer. Like many drivers who eventually build a career in touring cars, Menu began his career in single-seater racing, reaching the International Formula 3000 championship in 1991 after two years in the British Formula Three Championship and one year in the British Formula 3000 Championship, in which he finished runner-up in 1990. However, for the next year he returned to Great Britain to race a BMW 3 Series in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), showing promise before being injured mid-season in a quadbike accident at Knockhill; despite only participating in half of the season, he still managed to finish 9th in the final championship standings. As a result of this accident, he was unable to jog for exercise again – he instead took up cycling as his main exercise.

Renault (1993–1998)[edit]

In 1993 Menu began a six-year association with Renault in the BTCC, who had just entered the series with the GB Motorsport run Renault 19. He finished second in a very wet round two at Donington Park behind team mate Tim Harvey. At the next round at Oulton Park he crashed out of fifth place late on in the race. Menu collided with Nissan Primera of Tiff Needell on the final lap of round eight at Silverstone, dropping Menu for seventh to eighth and forcing Needell into the pits. The Renault team missed the double header at Knockhill and returned to the grid for round ten at Oulton Park. The car had been revised and Menu was sixth after the first few corners having started eighth; he went on to finish fourth behind John Cleland. The first year of their partnership was not particularly successful, with the 19 little better than a midfield runner in the hands of Menu and reigning champion Tim Harvey. However, Menu did manage to win one race at a rain-soaked Donington Park late in the season.

For 1994 the 19 was replaced by the Renault Laguna, which proved to be a much better package all-round. Alfa Romeo had dominated the first four races and Menu didn't finish on the podium until Silverstone. At Oulton Park, Alfa Romeo were told to run their cars without their disputed aerodynamic aids and they left the circuit in protest. This allowed Menu to win the race from pole position and set fastest lap. He collided with Julian Bailey at the first corner of the British Grand Prix support race at Silverstone, triggering a pileup that red flagged the race. He took pole position for round fifteen at Oulton Park by nearly a second over BMW driver Joachim Winkelhock but made a poor start and finished third. Menu scored four further podiums in the last four races to finish second in the championship behind Gabriele Tarquini.

The running of the Renault team was taken over by WilliamsF1 for the 1995 season and Menu was joined by former Toyota driver Will Hoy. Despite relatively little testing, Menu qualified third for the season opener at Donington Park and went on to finish second in the race. He took pole position for the first race at Thruxton and held on to take a narrow victory over Cleland. Menu was running third in round seven at Silverstone when he was forced to retire with mechanical issues but he was able to take part in the second race of the day and he finished fourth. Third place in round nine at Oulton Park was the start of five successive midseason podiums that kept him second in the championship behind Rickard Rydell and then Cleland. Menu was third in the championship after round 21 at Snetterton but three consecutive wins finished the year and elevated him back up to second in the standings.

Menu was partnered with Hoy once again in 1996. The main rival for the Renault team was Audi Sport UK and their 4-wheel drive car, driven by Frank Biela. The season opener at Donington Park saw Menu finish third behind team mate Hoy and Biela. Menu had to start the second race of the day from the back of the grid having failed the ride height check after race one. He recovered to seventh before having to retire with mechanical problems. Menu took pole position for the next event at Brands Hatch but was demoted to second at the start by Biela and those positions stuck until the finish line. The next event at Thruxton saw Menu spin at Church corner in race one and ditch his car into the nearby woodland, he was unhurt but the damage left him on the sidelines for race two. Menu worked his way up into the lead of race one at Snetterton but almost immediately slowed down with car problems and retired. He took the first win of the year for Renault in the next meeting at Brands Hatch, winning both races. After this Menu won twice more on his way to second in the championship, 92 points shy of champion Frank Biela.

He continued with Renault in 1997 and was joined by Renault Spider champion Jason Plato. The car was much more competitive for that year and Menu won the first four races of the season. Rounds five and six at Thruxton took place in wet conditions and the Renaults front row lockout translated into two third placed finishes for Menu. He was nudged into a spin in round eight at Brands Hatch by Anthony Reid's Nissan but was able to rejoin the race and finish fourth while Reid finished fourteenth. Menu started on pole for a wet round eleven at Donington Park although the two Audis got a better start and led into the first corner. Menu was able to cleanly retake second from John Bintcliffe despite a misted up windscreen. Contact with James Thompson at Knockhill meant Menu retired for the first and only time that season. Just before round 19 at Thruxton, Menu pulled into the pits to fix a broken rear wheel which meant he missed the start and he finished in a non–points classified finish for the first time that year. After the second race at Thruxton, Menu had secured the championship crown and so on the final lap of round 21 at Brands Hatch, Menu let team mate Plato through into second place to allow him to close in on Biela in the championship. Menu had taken twelve wins in a dominant car in 1997.

1998 would see the Renault team have a large amount of sponsorship from Nescafe and Menu was once again partnered by Plato. The Renault Laguna was not as dominant as the previous season and Menu won only three races, the first which came at Thruxton in the second race of the year.

Ford (1999–2000)[edit]

Menu switched to Ford in 1999[1] with 1998 championship runner-up Anthony Reid leaving Nissan. The Ford Mondeo was not successful in 1999 and Menu finished 11th in the championship with 1 win at Knockhill. Menu would win his second title in 2000 against team-mates Anthony Reid and Rickard Rydell. 2000 was to be the last year of the BTCC in that form; the championship had been gradually in decline and losing entrants since 1998, with 2000 only featuring 3 works teams and 12 championship contenders, as opposed to the 9 teams and 20+ championship contenders in 1995. The championship was reformed for 2001 with new regulations, but only two manufacturers committed to the series, and Menu, like most of the star drivers, chose to leave the series.

VX Racing (2007)[edit]

On 4 October 2007, it was announced that Menu would make a one-off return to the BTCC with which he is most closely associated. He drove a Vauxhall Vectra for VX Racing at the final round of the 2007 BTCC season at Thruxton to assist Fabrizio Giovanardi in his successful title bid.[2]

Team BMR (2014)[edit]

On 27 January 2014, it was announced that Menu would return to the BTCC, driving a Volkswagen CC for Team BMR [3]

DTM[edit]

From 2001 to 2003, Menu raced for Opel in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, a high-tech touring car series based in Germany. However, he achieved little success (Menu would describe his DTM years as "not very good" in a 2004 interview). While competing in the DTM, he ventured into sports car racing with Ferrari, competing in both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours as well as winning one race each in both the FIA GT Championship and the American Le Mans Series.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Chevrolet (2005–2012)[edit]

In 2004, Menu announced his return to production-based touring car racing, with the fledgling Chevrolet team, RML in the 2005 World Touring Car Championship season.[4] Menu, and his equally highly regarded team-mate Nicola Larini, did not expect to win races in their first year but the team's performance was still seen as a big disappointment, Menu only achieving three points finishes, his best result being a 6th at Spa-Francorchamps.

Menu driving the Chevrolet Lacetti WTCC car at Brands Hatch in 2008.

The team had expected to make progress up the grid in 2006, and their faith was fulfilled at a very wet Brands Hatch on 21 May when Menu won the second race of the day, scoring Chevrolet's first-ever outright win in a FIA-accredited world championship event.

Chevrolet introduced the new Cruze model to the championship for 2009.[5] Menu crashed out of the first race of the season at the Race of Brazil after the collision with BMW pair Andy Priaulx and Jörg Müller. At the Race of Morocco, he had originally qualified second but was demoted to tenth by the stewards after his car did not restart following a mandatory visit to the weighing bay after the second phase of qualifying.[6] He was caught up in a race one incident with Jorg Müller and Rickard Rydell which put Rydell out of the race with damage. The Race of France saw Menu take his first win in the Chevrolet Cruze having started on the reversed grid pole for race two and winning the race from there. Menu collided with Augusto Farfus in race one of the Race of Portugal with Menu being spun into the wall. Menu's team mate Larini tagged Tiago Monteiro while the pair tried to avoid the wreckage but Mehdi Bennani collided with the stationary Chevrolet, the track was then blocked and the race red flagged. Menu took pole position at the following event, the Race of UK at Brands Hatch. Having swapped places throughout the race with team mate Huff, Menu won the race to take his second win of the year. During the final qualifying session of the year for the Race of Macau, Yvan Muller lost control on cement dust that had been laid on the track following an earlier accident for James Thompson. Tarquini hit Muller's car, and the SEAT Sport pair were then hit by Menu. He finished the season tenth in the drivers' championship behind fifth placed Huff.

Menu driving for Chevrolet at the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

He stayed with Chevrolet for the 2010 season, joined by Huff and new team mate Yvan Muller.[7] Menu brought out the red flags during qualifying for the Race of Morocco when he crashed into the wall during Q1. He came into contact with the wall again during race two when he tangled with BMW Team RBM driver Augusto Farfus. Having been passed by eBay Motors driver Colin Turkington near the end of the race one of the Race of UK, Menu dropped down the order to benefit from the reversed grid for race two. He started on the front row but damaged his steering trying to pass Farfus which put an end to his race. He won only one race in 2010, the first race of the Race of Germany and he finished the year sixth in the standings, three places and 103 points down on team mate Huff while Muller was champion.

Menu continued with Chevrolet for 2012.[8] Muller had won the first three races of the season but Menu broke this streak by winning the second race of the Race of Spain despite going through a gravel trap after encountering oil on the circuit. He took his first pole position of the season at the Race of Morocco and won the first race of the day. Menu was running third in the second race of the Race of Slovakia until he dropped down the order and retired with a broken rim. The second race of the Race of Hungary saw Menu pull away from his team mates to chase down race leader and eventual winner Norbert Michelisz to close in on his team mates in the championship. While running third in race two of the Race of Austria, he suffered a puncture and a high speed collision with the barriers ensued in the final sector of the lap. A similar specification Chevrolet Cruze of bamboo-engineering's Alex MacDowall also had a left front puncture and came to rest in the gravel trap in close proximity to Menu's stranded car. He took up the role of comic book character Michel Vaillant for the Race of Portugal. His Chevrolet Cruze raced in special Vaillante colours and he wore a special race suit and dyed his hair to look like the French comic book racer.[9]

Menu began a run of three successive pole positions at the Race of United States but he retired from the first race with power steering issues. He led a Chevrolet 1-2-3 from pole in the opening race of the Race of Japan and led from start to finish in race one of the Race of China. Menu was pushed into a half spin by team mate Muller in the second race while leading, allowing Huff to go through and win. Muller finished second and Menu finished third but a post race thirty second penalty saw Muller drop to thirteenth in the classification and Menu was elevated to second in the championship.[10] Menu won the final race of the year at Macau and secured his best overall result in the WTCC with second in the drivers' championship, twelve points shy of Huff.

Prior to the Race of Brazil, Chevrolet announced they were ending their WTCC programme, leaving their drivers without seats for 2013.[11]

Porsche Supercup[edit]

Having been unable to find a seat in the WTCC, Menu moved to the Porsche Supercup for the 2013 season, driving for team FACH Auto Tech.[12] Some sources stated that FACH Auto Tech is Menu's own team, but he declared that's not true. With the main sponsor of the team not supplying funds, Menu only completed one race of the season.

Other activities[edit]

In 2006 he won the 200 km de Buenos Aires, a round of Argentina's TC2000 championship, with Matias Rossi driving a Chevrolet Astra.[13]

Career[edit]

  • 2012: 2nd in World Touring Car Championship, 6 wins (Chevrolet Cruze)
  • 2011: 3rd in World Touring Car Championship, 5 wins (Chevrolet Cruze)
  • 2010: 6th in World Touring Car Championship, 1 win (Chevrolet Cruze)
  • 2009: 10th in World Touring Car Championship, 2 wins (Chevrolet Cruze)
  • 2008: 9th in World Touring Car Championship, 3 wins (Chevrolet Lacetti), 3rd "200 km de Buenos Aires" (TC2000)
  • 2007: 6th in World Touring Car Championship, 5 wins (Chevrolet Lacetti)
  • 2006: 15th in World Touring Car Championship, 1 win (Chevrolet Lacetti), won the "200 km de Buenos Aires" (TC2000)
  • 2005: 16th in World Touring Car Championship (Chevrolet Lacetti)
  • 2004: 4th in class, 11th overall at Le Mans 24 Hours (Ferrari 550 Maranello), 2nd, BTCC Masters Race, Donington Park
  • 2003: 9th in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Opel Astra), 1st in class at Petit Le Mans (Ferrari 550 Maranello)
  • 2002: 9th in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Opel Astra), DNF (engine) at Le Mans 24 Hours (Ferrari 550 Maranello)
  • 2001: 21st in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Opel Astra), 1 win in FIA GT Championship (Ferrari 550 Maranello)
  • 2000: 1st in British Touring Car Championship, 6 wins (Ford Mondeo)
  • 1999: 11th in British Touring Car Championship, 1 win (Ford Mondeo)
  • 1998: 4th in British Touring Car Championship, 3 wins (Renault Laguna)
  • 1997: 1st in British Touring Car Championship, 12 wins (Renault Laguna)
  • 1996: 2nd in British Touring Car Championship, 4 wins (Renault Laguna)
  • 1995: 2nd in British Touring Car Championship, 7 wins (Renault Laguna)
  • 1994: 2nd in British Touring Car Championship, 2 wins (Renault Laguna)
  • 1993: 10th in British Touring Car Championship, 1 win (Renault 19)
  • 1992: 9th in British Touring Car Championship (BMW 3 Series) (only completed half-season)
  • 1991: International Formula 3000 Championship
  • 1990: 2nd in British Formula 3000 Championship
  • 1989: British Formula 3 Championship
  • 1988: British Formula 3 Championship
  • 1987: 2nd in British Formula Ford 1600 Championship, 2nd in FF1600 Festival.
  • 1985: French FF1600 Championship
  • 1984: Enrolled at the Elf Winfield racing school in France.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1990 CoBRa Motorsport Reynard 90D Mugen Honda DON
SIL
PAU
JER
MNZ
PER
HOC
BRH
BIR
BUG
NOG
12
NC 0
1991 CoBRa Motorsport Reynard 91D Ford Cosworth VAL
6
PAU
6
JER
18
MUG
12
PER
Ret
HOC
DNS
BRH
SPA
BUG
NOG
16th 2

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 1996–2000 all races, 2007 just for first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – 2007 only) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point awarded – 1998–2000 just in feature race, 2007 all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
1992 Team M Mobile BMW 318is SIL
1

10
THR
1

6
OUL
1

6
SNE
1

3
BRH
1

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1

9
KNO
1

DNS
KNO
2

DNS
PEM
1
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON
1
SIL
1
9th 27
1993 Renault Dealer Racing Renault 19 SIL
1

10
DON
1

2
SNE
1

Ret
DON
1

13
OUL
1

Ret
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

Ret
PEM
1

Ret
SIL
1

8
KNO
1
KNO
2
OUL
1

4
BRH
1

9
THR
1

9
DON
1

2
DON
2

1
SIL
1

Ret
10th 57
1994 Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna THR
1

6
BRH
1

18
BRH
2

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

2
OUL
1

1
DON
1

5
DON
2

4
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

6
SIL
1

5
KNO
1

1
KNO
2

3
OUL
1

2
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

7
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

2
DON
1

2
DON
2

2
2nd 222
1995 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna DON
1

2
DON
2

4
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

9
THR
1

1
THR
2

2
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

4
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

1
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

3
DON
1

3
DON
2

4
SIL
1

16
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

1
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

18
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

10
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

2
2nd 305
1996 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna DON
1

3
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

2
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

DNS
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

4
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

4
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

3
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

5
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

Ret
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

3
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

4
DON
1

3
DON
2

2
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

4
2nd 197
1997 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna DON
1

1
DON
2

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

1
THR
1

3
THR
2

3
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

4
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
DON
1

2
DON
2

1
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

1
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

Ret
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

2
THR
1

17
THR
2

2
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

3
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

2
1st 281
1998 Blend 37 Williams Renault Renault Laguna THR
1

5
THR
2

1*
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
DON
1

4
DON
2

2
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

4
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

4*
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

4
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

Ret
THR
1

2
THR
2

1*
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

4
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

3
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

Ret
4th 187
1999 Ford Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo DON
1

2
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

Ret
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

6
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

Ret
DON
1

5
DON
2

6
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

9*
THR
1

11
THR
2

3
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

1*
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

9
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

Ret
11th 84
2000 Ford Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo BRH
1

1
BRH
2

7*
DON
1

1
DON
2

1*
THR
1

8
THR
2

3
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

Ret
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

6
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

3
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

2
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

1*
DON
1

8
DON
2

9
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

1*
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

6
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

3*
1st 195
2007 VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
THR
1

4
THR
2

6
THR
3

12
15th 13
2014 CHROME Edition Restart Racing Volkswagen CC BRH
1

27
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

5
DON
1

13
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

9
THR
1

7
THR
2

18
THR
3

11
OUL
1

14
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

7
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

8
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

14
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

15
KNO
3

8
ROC
1

4
ROC
2

6
ROC
3

2
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

5
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
11th 176

* Season in progress.

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Final Pos Points
2000 Larkham Motor Sport Ford AU Falcon PHI PTH ADL ECK HDV CAN QLD WIN OPK CDR QLD SAN BAT
18
NC 0
2004 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADL ECK PUK HDV PTH QLD WIN OPK SAN
18
BAT
Ret
SUR SYM ECK 63rd 120
2005 Larkham Motor Sport Ford BA Falcon ADL PUK PTH ECK CHI HDV QLD OPK SAN
Ret
BAT
12
SUR SYM ECK 51st 148
2010 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9
QLD
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HDV
R13
HDV
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
Q
PHI
R17
BAT
R18
SUR
R19

7
SUR
R20

Ret
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
NC 0

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(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 Pos Points
2001 OPC Euroteam Opel Astra Coupé 2000 HOC
QR

11
HOC
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR

17
NÜR
CR

17
OSC
QR

16
OSC
CR

16
SAC
QR

22†
SAC
CR

Ret
NOR
QR

18
NOR
CR

14
LAU
QR

11
LAU
CR

19
NÜR
QR

Ret
NÜR
CR

12
A1R
QR

5
A1R
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

14
ZAN
CR

11
HOC
QR

10
HOC
CR

14
23rd 0
2002 OPC Euroteam Opel Astra Coupé 2001 HOC
QR

17
HOC
CR

9
ZOL
QR

17
ZOL
CR

14
DON
QR

6
DON
CR

8
SAC
QR

2
SAC
CR

3
NOR
QR

14
NOR
CR

Ret
LAU
QR

10
LAU
CR

11
NÜR
QR

7
NÜR
CR

Ret
A1R
QR

7
A1R
CR

6
ZAN
QR

4
ZAN
CR

Ret
HOC
QR

18†
HOC
CR

Ret
9th 7
2003 OPC Team Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé 2003 HOC
18
ADR
8
NÜR
6
LAU
6
NOR
10
DON
Ret
NÜR
9
A1R
7
ZAN
Ret
HOC
10
9th 9
  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 United Kingdom Prodrive Sweden Rickard Rydell
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 167 DNF DNF
2004 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing Netherlands Peter Kox
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 325 11th 4th

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(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 Pts
2004 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 THR
1
THR
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
MON
1
MON
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
DON
1
DON
2
NC† 0†

† Not eligible for points as a guest driver.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(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 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA
1

22
ITA
2

24†
FRA
1

Ret
FRA
2

DNS
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

13
SMR
1

14
SMR
2

14
MEX
1

NC
MEX
2

13
BEL
1

14
BEL
2

6
GER
1

11
GER
2

8
TUR
1

10
TUR
2

8
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

DNS
MAC
1

5
MAC
2

DSQ
17th 9
2006 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti ITA
1

10
ITA
2

3
FRA
1

19
FRA
2

13
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

1
GER
1

13
GER
2

Ret
BRA
1

19
BRA
2

10
MEX
1

12
MEX
2

Ret
CZE
1

7
CZE
2

Ret
TUR
1

20†
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

9
MAC
1

21†
MAC
2

10
15th 21
2007 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

Ret
NED
1

1
NED
2

Ret
ESP
1

9
ESP
2

14
FRA
1

1
FRA
2

8
CZE
1

8
CZE
2

Ret
POR
1

1
POR
2

3
SWE
1

8
SWE
2

3
GER
1

NC
GER
2

10
GBR
1

1
GBR
2

Ret
ITA
1

5
ITA
2

Ret
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

21†
6th 69
2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Lacetti BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

10
MEX
1

8
MEX
2

7
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

1
FRA
1

10
FRA
2

Ret
CZE
1

3
CZE
2

6
POR
1

11
POR
2

14
GBR
1

8
GBR
2

1
GER
1

3
GER
2

Ret
EUR
1

Ret
EUR
2

12
ITA
1

11
ITA
2

5
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

13
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

13†
9th 54
2009 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

11
MEX
1

Ret
MEX
2

12
MAR
1

7
MAR
2

16
FRA
1

7
FRA
2

1
ESP
1

15
ESP
2

12
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

22
POR
1

NC
POR
2

18†
GBR
1

1
GBR
2

18
GER
1

18
GER
2

10
ITA
1

8
ITA
2

3
JPN
1

9
JPN
2

4
MAC
1

4
MAC
2

21
10th 41
2010 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRA
1

3
BRA
2

3
MAR
1

9
MAR
2

Ret
ITA
1

17
ITA
2

9
BEL
1

3
BEL
2

4
POR
1

5
POR
2

3
GBR
1

22
GBR
2

NC
CZE
1

3
CZE
2

3
GER
1

1
GER
2

8
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

11
JPN
1

7
JPN
2

4
MAC
1

7
MAC
2

Ret
6th 173
2011 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T BRA
1

6
BRA
2

1
BEL
1

2
BEL
2

2
ITA
1

19†
ITA
2

5
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

Ret
CZE
1

3
CZE
2

3
POR
1

1
POR
2

6
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

5
GER
1

5
GER
2

2
ESP
1

2
ESP
2

3
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

4
CHN
1

1
CHN
2

6
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

DNS
3rd 323
2012 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1

7
ITA
2

2
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

1
MAR
1

1
MAR
2

3
SVK
1

3
SVK
2

Ret
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

2
AUT
1

3
AUT
2

Ret
POR
1

5
POR
2

1
BRA
1

2
BRA
2

2
USA
1

18
USA
2

4
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

5
CHN
1

1
CHN
2

2
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

1
2nd 401

† — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2013 FACH Auto Tech ESP
Ret
MON
21
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
UAE
UAE
25th 0

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External links[edit]

Media related to Alain Menu at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Biela
British Touring Car Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Rickard Rydell
Preceded by
Laurent Aïello
British Touring Car Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Jason Plato
Preceded by
Diego Aventín
Luciano Burti
Winner of the 200 km de Buenos Aires
2006
(with Matías Rossi)
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Silva
Ezequiel Bosio
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1997
Succeeded by
Rickard Rydell