Christophe Tinseau

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Christophe Tinseau
Nationality France French
Born 18 December 1969 (1969-12-18) (age 45)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1998-2003, 2007-2009, 2011-2012
Teams Panoz Motorsports
Team Cadillac
Riley & Scott Racing
Pescarolo Sport
Thiriet by TDS Racing
Best finish 7th (2008)
Class wins 0

Christophe Tinseau (born 18 December 1969) is a French racing driver from Orléans.

Tinseau began racing professionally in French Formula Renault in 1991. In 1992 he moved to French Formula Three and in 1993 he placed 4th in that championship with 2 wins and finished 10th in the Macau Grand Prix. In 1994 he was the championship runner-up in French F3 and in 1995 he moved up to Formula 3000 where he finished 16th with 7 race starts. In 1996 he improved to 6th in F3000, winning the season-ending race at Hockenheim. In 1997 he raced in Indy Lights but only managed an 11th place championship finish, ending up on the podium once at Circuit Trois-Rivières. After the seeming decline in his open-wheel fortnes, Tinseau moved to sports cars for 1998 driving a Panoz Esperante GTR-1 for DAMS, making his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. In 1999, still with DAMS he piloted a Judd powered Lola B98/10 for and won two races in the Sports Racing World Cup. From 2000 to 2002 he drove the historic Cadillac Northstar LMP at Le Mans, finishing 5th in class in 2001. He competed part-time in various series from 2003 to 2005, but returned to full-time racing in 2006 when he finished 6th in Porsche Carrera Cup France. He made 6 Le Mans Series starts and finished 6th at Le Mans for Pescarolo Sport in 2007. He continued with the team in 2008 and finished 7th at Le Mans and 8th in LMS points and continued with the team in 2009, finishing second in Le Mans Series. In 2010 he competed in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, finishing eighth with one win. In 2011 he returned to Le Mans Series with Pescarolo and finished fourth in the championship. In 2012 he competed in a handful of major endurance races, and since then has been largely retired.[1] He has founded a racing school for ice racing.[2]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1998 United States Panoz Motorsports Inc.
France DAMS
France Éric Bernard
United States Johnny O'Connell
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 236 DNF DNF
1999 France Team DAMS France Franck Montagny
France David Terrien
Lola B98/10-Judd LMP 77 DNF DNF
2000 France Team DAMS Belgium Marc Goossens
Denmark Kristian Kolby
Cadillac Northstar LMP LMP900 4 DNF DNF
2001 France DAMS South Africa Wayne Taylor
Italy Max Angelelli
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 LMP900 270 15th 5th
2002 United States Team Cadillac South Africa Wayne Taylor
Italy Max Angelelli
Cadillac Northstar LMP02 LMP900 345 9th 8th
2003 United States Riley & Scott Racing United States Jim Matthews
Belgium Marc Goossens
Riley & Scott Mk III C-Ford LMP900 214 DNF DNF
2007 France Pescarolo Sport Switzerland Harold Primat
France Benoît Tréluyer
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 325 13th 6th
2008 France Pescarolo Sport Switzerland Harold Primat
France Benoît Tréluyer
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 362 7th 7th
2009 France Pescarolo Sport France Bruce Jouanny
Portugal João Barbosa
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 368 8th 8th
2011 France Pescarolo Team France Emmanuel Collard
France Julien Jousse
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 305 DNF DNF
2012 France Thiriet by TDS Racing France Pierre Thiriet
Switzerland Mathias Beche
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 353 8th 2nd


  1. ^ Christophe Tineseu, Driver Database, Retrieved 2015-02-07
  2. ^ Ice Driving by Tinseau (French), Retrieved 2015-02-07

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