Éric Bachelart

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Éric Bachelart (born 28 February 1961 in Brussels, Belgium) is a former race car driver and current Conquest Racing team owner.[1][2]

Racing career[edit]

Bachelart started his racing career in Belgium and ended in the United States. He was a star in the Belgian Procar, a national touring car championship, driving for Audi and Peugeot. He did not qualify in European single-seater attempts in the 1988 F3000 season.

In 1991, he became the inaugural Indy Lights champion. He then entered a near-full CART season with the tail-enders team of Dale Coyne, simultaneously racing in the Belgian Procar series. His highest CART finish was seventh. He failed to qualify for the 1993 Indianapolis 500. After the 1995 CART season, again only racing when his Belgian Procar schedule allowed it, he ended his single-seater career.

In 1996, he entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon racing for Belgium in a Ferrari 333SP. He also raced in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the Peugeot 806 multi-purpose vehicle). After this season, he concluded his racing career, with the exception of the 1998 and 2000 races of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Team ownership[edit]

Bachelart founded the Conquest Racing team in 1997, initially running in the Indy Lights championship. The team raced Laurent Rédon in the 2002 Indy Racing League (IRL). The team switched to Champ Car, a cheaper series after Honda and Toyota switched to the IRL. Mario Haberfeld raced for the team in 2003. Future F1 driver Tiago Monteiro raced in a satellite team ran by Emerson Fittipaldi.

England's Justin Wilson joined for 2004, ran from mid-season by Nelson Philippe. For 2005, they ran Philippe and Andrew Ranger, one of the youngest teams in the championship's history. Ranger was partnered by Dutchman Charles Zwolsman for 2006. In 2007, Bachelart signed young New Zealander Matt Halliday to his Champ Car entry for four races. Halliday was then replaced by Jan Heylen. The team moved to the IRL as a result of open-wheel unification.

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
1988 Spirit/TOM's Racing JER
VAL
PAU
SIL
MNZ
PER
BRH
BIR
BUG
DNQ
ZOL
DNQ
DIJ
NC 0

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Coyne Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
13
United States
LBH
8
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
DET
7
United States
POR
16
United States
MIL
13
United States
NHM
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
CLE
17
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
DNS
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NZR
DNQ
United States
LS
Ret
18th 11
1993 Coyne Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NZR
United States
LS
NC 0
1995 Payton/Coyne United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
18
United States
LBH
7
United States
NZR
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
19
United States
ROA
11
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
16
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
23rd 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Un nouveau châssis, ça coûte cher 2007 "Éric Bachelart, copropriétaire de Conquest Racing, explique à Radio-Canada Sports ce que représente l'arrivée du nouveau châssis Panoz pour son équipe."
  2. ^ IRL: A much closer field for 2009 1-20-2009 by Luc Fradette "Conquest Racing team boss Éric Bachelart is one of those who are optimistic and he truly believes the field will be much closer in 2009, now that teams such as his are fully up to speed."
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Tracy
Indy Lights Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Robbie Buhl