Luc Alphand

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Luc Alphand
— Alpine skier  —
Luc Alphand
Disciplines
Born (1965-08-06) August 6, 1965 (age 49)
Briançon, Hautes-Alpes, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
World Cup debut December 7, 1987 (age 22)
(first top 15 finish)
Retired March 1997 (age 31)
Website luc-alphand.com
Olympics
Teams 3 - (1988, 1992, 1994)
Medals 0
World Championships
Teams 4 - (1985, 1993, 1996, 1997)
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 10 - (198897)
Wins 12 - (10 DH, 2 SG)
Podiums 23 - (18 DH, 5 SG)
Overall titles 1 - (1997)
Discipline titles 4 - (3 DH, 1 SG)

Luc Alphand (born 6 August 1965) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from France. He specialized in the speed events and later became a race car driver.

Ski racing[edit]

Born in Briançon (Hautes-Alpes), Alphand made his World Cup debut in 1984. In 1997 he won the World Cup overall title by collecting points only in the two speed disciplines, downhill and super G – a unique achievement in World Cup history. The previous year he won a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships at Sierra Nevada, Spain.

In the village of Chantemerle (which neighbours his home town of Briançon in the Serre-Chevalier region) an expert ski run has been named in his honour.

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1988 22 61 16 37
1989 23 40 10
1990 24 80 21
1991 25 35 10 17
1992 26 53 19 25
1993 27 59 20 40 23
1994 28 27 17 14
1995 29 8 14 1 11
1996 30 4 4 1
1997 31 1 1 1

Season titles[edit]

Season Discipline
1995 Downhill
1996 Downhill
1997 Overall
Downhill
Super G

Race victories[edit]

  • 12 wins (10 DH, 2 SG)
  • 23 podiums (18 DH, 5 SG)
Season Date Location Discipline
1995 13 Jan 1995 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
14 Jan 1995 Downhill
15 Mar 1995 Italy Bormio, Italy Downhill
1996 1 Dec 1995 United States Vail, USA Downhill
9 Dec 1995 France Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
2 Feb 1996 Germany Garmisch, Germany Downhill
1997 20 Dec 1996 Italy Val Gardena, Italy Downhill
29 Dec 1996 Italy Bormio, Italy Downhill
24 Jan 1997 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Downhill
29 Jan 1997 Switzerland Laax, Switzerland Super G
21 Feb 1997 Germany Garmisch, Germany Super G
22 Feb 1997 Downhill

Other results[edit]

  • Junior World Champion of the downhill in 1983
  • French Alpine Skiing Championship
    • Champion of the downhill in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1994
    • Champion of the super-G in 1988
    • Champion of combined in 1987
  • 2006 Dakar Rally Winner Cars (Mitsubishi Pajero)

Auto racing[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20012009
Teams Luc Alphand Aventures
Best finish 7th (2006)
Class wins 0

He retired from competitive skiing in 1997 and started a career in auto racing. First in the Nissan Micra Stars Cup (1997–1998), then in the European Le Mans Series (2001), the FIA GT Championship (2002), and the Lamborghini Supertrophy (2002). He won the 2006 Dakar Rally, in which he had finished runner-up a year earlier. With this victory, he was the first ex-skier to win the Paris-Dakar. He recently purchased two Corvette race cars from Pratt & Miller for use in the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Alphand suffered severe back injuries in an accident on the Rand'Auvergne all-terrain motorcycle race on 27 June 2009.[1] In November 2010 he retired from competitive auto racing due to health reasons.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001 France Warm-Up Luc Alphand Aventures
France JMB Racing
France Michel Ligonnet
France Luis Marques
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 265 17th 8th
2002 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Christian Lavieille
France Olivier Thévenin
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 299 24th 5th
2003 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Jérôme Policand
France Frédéric Dor
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 298 21st 5th
2004 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Christian Lavieille
France Philippe Almeras
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 316 16th 5th
2005 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Jérôme Policand
France Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT2 311 18th 5th
2006 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Patrice Goueslard
France Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 346 7th 3rd
2007 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Patrice Goueslard
France Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 327 12th 7th
2008 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Guillaume Moreau
France Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 335 17th 5th
2009 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Stéphan Grégoire
France Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 99 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beer, Matt (2009-06-29). "Alphand injured in motorbike crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-06-29. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stéphane Peterhansel
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

2006
Succeeded by
Stéphane Peterhansel