Bertrand Baguette

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Bertrand Baguette
2010 Indy 500 OWAS Bertrand Baguette.JPG
Baguette in May 2010.
Nationality Belgian
Born (1986-02-23) 23 February 1986 (age 28)
2014 Super GT (GT500)
Debut season 2014
Current team Nakajima Racing
Car no. 32
Previous series
2013
2010-11
2008
2008
2008
200709
200506
2005–06
2004
FIA WEC
IndyCar Series
FIA GT Championship
Superleague Formula
Belgian Touring Cars S1
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
French Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 1.6 Belgium
Championship titles
2009
2013
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
FIA WEC LMP2 class

Bertrand Baguette (born 23 February 1986) is a Belgian racing driver from Thimister-Clermont. Since 2000, he has competed in various motorsport formulae. He currently competes in Super GT for Nakajima Racing. In 2013 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class[1] and the 2013 FIA WEC World Champion LMP2 class for drivers and teams.[2]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Aged 14, Baguette began karting in his inter-provincial championship, driving "Blue" class karts, in which he finished fifth. He then moved up to junior level for 2001, competing again in the inter-provincial championship but also competed in the national championship for the first time. He finished third in the provincial level championship, but was four places lower in the national. Baguette competed in four different Intercontinental A class championships in 2002, with a runner-up position at the provincial level, despite competing in only certain events, due to prior higher-ranked commitments in the Belgian, French or European championships. He then completed in a fourth year of karting, winning the Belgian Championship and again finished runner-up in a partial campaign in the provincial championship. He also won a scholarship to give him a drive in 1600cc Formula Renault Belgium.

Formula Renault[edit]

Baguette moved into 1600cc Formula Renault cars and into the Belgian series, as part of his scholarship win. He finished a strong third in the championship, amassing three wins and four poles during the season. He finished well behind the Boutsen Racing duo of Pieter Belmans and champion Maxime Soulet. Baguette moved to the Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 for 2005, with a campaign in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 also, for Epsilon Euskadi. He finished eleventh in the French championship, including a second place at Pau. He ranked four places higher in the pan-European championship, including a fastest lap at the Bugatti Circuit. He continued in both series in 2006, and again ranked higher in the European championship. He finished fourth with five podiums including a win at Le Mans, finishing just 11 points behind championship winner Filipe Albuquerque. He finished in a lowly eighth in the French championship, again for Epsilon Euskadi.

In 2007, Baguette moved up 1500cc to the 3.5-litre Formula Renault 3.5 Series with the eponymous Kurt Mollekens-run KTR team, in which he took two podium finishes. He continued in the category in 2008, driving for the Italian team Draco. After finishing seventh in the championship, including a win at Spa, Baguette continued with Draco for the 2009 season.

A steady start, with four podiums left Baguette tied on points with Marcos Martínez before the Silverstone meeting. Seven top-fives in eight races, including three wins left Baguette with an unassailable 34-point championship lead with a round to go. Despite the pressure being off, Baguette won both races at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, thus winning the championship by 57 points from Fairuz Fauzy.

As a prize for his championship win, he was given the opportunity to test a Renault R29 Formula One car at Jerez on 1 December 2009 and a BMW Sauber F1.09 car on 3 December.[3]

IndyCar Series[edit]

Baquette at the 2010 Honda Indy Toronto

On 22 March 2010, Conquest Racing announced that Baguette would drive their second car in the IndyCar Series, starting with the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 11 April.[4]

Baguette qualified 24th for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 and finished 22nd after losing several laps in the pits to replace a rear-view mirror that had fallen off. He was actually leading late in the race thanks to his pace and a strategy gamble from his team, but ultimately he had to stop again for fuel. His season-best finish was 10th at Kentucky, after qualifying 6th. Baguette passed Danica Patrick in lap 189 and took the lead of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 but had to pit three laps before the end of the race and finished 7th, his best finish of his career.

Formula One[edit]

Baguette tested for Renault F1 at Jerez on 1 December 2009 and for BMW Sauber two days later. Baguette was favourite to become Robert Kubica's team mate at Renault after many favourites such as Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen, Romain Grosjean, Takuma Sato, Nick Heidfeld, Christian Klien and Jacques Villeneuve dropped out but the seat was eventually filled by Vitaly Petrov.

FIA World Endurance Championship[edit]

Martin Plowman, Baguette's co-driver at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans
2013

For 2013, Baguette was hired by OAK Racing to drive Morgan-Nissans in the LMP2 class on the FIA World Endurance Championship. Baguette shares the number 35 entry with co-drivers Ricardo González and Martin Plowman.

The 2013 season started at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the OAK Racing Morgan LMP2-Nissan No. 35 finished in fourth place (twelfth overall) to get their first 10 points for the World Championship.[5]

On the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, González, Baguette and Plowman finished in third position (for cars registered for points in the FIA World Endurance Championship), of LMP2 class (eleventh overall).[6]

In 2013 Baguette and his co-drivers Ricardo González and Martin Plowman from OAK Racing Morgan LMP2-Nissan team, won 81st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 class (seventh overall). Their Morgan LMP2 covered a total of 329 laps in the Circuit de la Sarthe, the race was run in very difficult weather conditions and several serious accidents bringing out a record of twelve safety car caution periods.[7][1][8]

The 6 Hours of São Paulo were held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, on 30 August–1 September. González, Baguette and Plowman got the second place of LMP2 category, only behind Oreca 03-Nissan team (Rusinov, Martin and Conway). With this result the Belgian driver got his second podium of the year.[9]

In the fifth round of 2013 season were the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on 20-22 September. González, Baguette and Plowman obtained the seventh place of LMP2 category (eleventh overall).[10]

On 18-20 October, in the 6 hours of Fuji, following a two hour delay the race was restarted once more under the safety car, lapping another eight circuits before officials stopped the race again and eventually called an end to the event. The No. 35 OAK Morgan-Nissan (Baguette, González and Plowman), started in the pole position and was declared the race winner of LMP2 class (fourth overall), in the same position they started. Due to difficult weather conditions half points will be awarded for all the teams and drivers in the event.[11] [12] [13]

During the 6 Hours of Shanghai on 8-9 November, the No. 35 OAK Morgan-Nissan trio (Baguette, González and Plowman), qualified in fourth position and finished in third place (7th overall). With this new podium the French team extend their lead on 15 points to the final race of the championship.[14][15] [16]

On the last race of the season the 6 Hours of Bahrain on 29-30 November, González, Baguette and Plowman qualified in sixth place and finished in fourth position (sixth overall). Therefore, the Belgian Bertrand Baguette won the 2013 FIA WEC World Championship for drivers and teams in LMP2 class.[17][18][19]

Super GT[edit]

Baguette will compete in the 2014 Super GT season for Epson Nakajima Racing in the GT500 class, co-driving with Daisuke Nakajima.

Baguette behind the wheel[edit]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2007 KTR MNZ
1

18
MNZ
2

Ret
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

Ret
MON
1

12
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

17
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

Ret
DON
1

3
DON
2

Ret
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

13
EST
1

20
EST
2

Ret
CAT
1

8
CAT
2

2
17th 34
2008 Draco Racing MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

11
MON
1

5
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

16
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

4
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

5
BUG
1

Ret
BUG
2

16
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

4
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

4
7th 69
2009 Draco Racing CAT
1

2
CAT
2

Ret
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

2
MON
1

5
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

6
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

5
BUG
1

1
BUG
2

1
ALG
1

2
ALG
2

5
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

5
ALC
1

1
ALC
2

1
1st 155

Superleague Formula[edit]

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

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 Al Ain Azerti Motorsport DON NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 12th 244
11 10 10 7

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2010 Conquest Racing Brazil
SAO
United States
STP
United States
ALA
20
United States
LBH
24
United States
KAN
20
United States
INDY
22
United States
TXS
22
United States
IOW
17
United States
WGL
18
Canada
TOR
16
Canada
EDM
14
United States
MDO
11
United States
SNM
23
United States
CHI
12
United States
KTY
10
Japan
MOT
25
United States
HMS
15
22nd 213
2011 RLL Racing United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
Brazil
SAO
United States
INDY
7
United States
TXS1
United States
TXS2
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
NWH
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
Japan
MOT
United States
KTY
United States
LVS
39th 30
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
2 2 16 0 0 0 2 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2010 Dallara Honda 24 22 Conquest Racing
2011 Dallara Honda 14 7 RLL Racing

Complete GT1 World Championship 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 Pos Points
2011 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford ABU
QR
ABU
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
SAC
QR
SAC
CR
SIL
QR
SIL
CR
NAV
QR

3
NAV
CR

4
PRI
QR
PRI
CR
ORD
QR
ORD
CR
BEI
QR

Ret
BEI
CR

4
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
17th 28

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 France OAK Racing France Franck Montagny
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
OAK Pescarolo 01 Evo-Judd LMP1 219 DNF DNF
2013 France OAK Racing United Kingdom Martin Plowman
Mexico Ricardo González
OAK Morgan LMP2 Nissan LMP2 329 7th 1st

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 LMP2 SIL
4
SPA
3
LMS
1
SÃO
2
COA
7
FUJ
1
SHA
3
BHR
4
1st 141.5

Complete 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 DC Points
2014 Nakajima Racing Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
15
FUJ
Ret
AUT
10
SUG
13
FUJ
3
SUZ
BUR
MOT
13th* 12*

*Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Race - Final Classification" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Autosport. 30 November 2013 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111672 |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (11 November 2009). "Baguette to test for Renault at Jerez". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ English, Steven (22 March 2010). "Baguette joins IndyCar with Conquest". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  5. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-silverstone/results-and-chrono.html
  6. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-spa-francorchamps/results-and-chrono.html
  7. ^ "Statistiques 24ème Heure / 24th Hour Statistics" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Autosport. 23 June 2013 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/108252 |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-sao-paulo/results-and-chrono.html
  10. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-circuit-of-the-americas/results-and-chrono.html
  11. ^ Watkins, Gary (20 October 2013). "Fuji WEC: Toyota gets victory as rain ends race". Autosport.com (Haymarket Press). Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-fuji/results-and-chrono.html
  13. ^ Autosport. 20 October 2013 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/110760 |url= missing title (help). 
  14. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-shanghai/results-and-chrono.html
  15. ^ Autosport. 9 November 2013 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111211 |url= missing title (help). 
  16. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/courses/classification.html
  17. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-bahrain/results-and-chrono.html
  18. ^ Autosport. 30 November 2013 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111672 |url= missing title (help). 
  19. ^ http://www.fiawec.com/courses/classification.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giedo van der Garde
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Mikhail Aleshin
Preceded by
none
FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
2013 with:
Martin Plowman
Ricardo González
Succeeded by
Incumbent