Marcel Fässler (racing driver)

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Marcel Fässler
Marcel Fassler 2013 WEC Silverstone.jpg
Nationality Swiss
Born 27 May 1976 (1976-05-27) (age 38)
Einsiedeln, Switzerland
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2006
Teams Swiss Spirit
Team Oreca-Matmut
Corvette Racing
Audi Sport Team Joest
Best finish 1st (2011, 2012, 2014)
Class wins 3 (2011, 2012, 2014)

Marcel Fässler (born 27 May 1976 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland) is an auto racing driver.

He began competing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Mercedes-Benz when it resumed in 2000. He finished 4th with no wins in 2000, 4th with one win in 2001 and in 2002 and 3rd with one win in 2003, all four seasons with a Mercedes-Benz CLK. He moved to Opel and an Opel Vectra GTS V8 for 2004 and 2005, where he finished 9th and 12th with no wins after which the brand retired from the DTM.

Marcel also drove the F1 Mercedes-Benz safety car for one event in Canada, while regular driver Bernd Mayländer was off due to an injury. He was on track for three laps after a crash involving Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello.

Fässler switched to sports cars in 2006, finishing second at the Spa 24 Hours in a Phoenix Aston Martin DBR9 and collecting two overall podiums at the Le Mans Series for Swiss Spirit. In 2007, he returned to open-wheel racing for A1 Team Switzerland in the 6th round of the A1 Grand Prix series held in Taupo, New Zealand, and in the 9th round at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico. He also won the Spa 24 Hours on a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R for Phoenix Carsport.

For 2008, Fässler joined the team for the full FIA GT Championship season. Sharing a GT1 class Corvette with Jean-Denis Délétraz, he won two races, finished 7th in the standings and helped the team finish 2nd at the teams championship. The same year he finished 2nd at the American Le Mans Series Road America race on a works Audi R10 TDI for Audi Sport North America. LMP1 team Sebah hired Fässler for the 2009 Le Mans Series season, having a 2nd place finish as best result. In addition, he and Joël Camathias were crowned International GT Open overall and Super GT class champions in a Trottet-fielded Ferrari F430. He also retired at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a works GT1 class Corvette and finished 4th in the GT2 class of the petit Le Mans, also for Corvette Racing.

Audi works team Joest hired Fässler to drive the Audi R15 TDI plus at three 2010 races: Spa (12th), Le Mans (2nd) and Petit Le Mans (6th). He also retired at the 24 Hours of Spa running a Phoenix Audi R8 LMS.

Racing record[edit]

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 DC Points
2000 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

2
HOC
2

2
OSC
1

9
OSC
2

3
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

7
SAC
1

10
SAC
2

4
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

3
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

NC
OSC
2

12
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

2
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
4th 116
2001 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

7
HOC
CR

2
NÜR
QR

8
NÜR
CR

5
OSC
QR

1
OSC
CR

1
SAC
QR

6
SAC
CR

9
NOR
QR

4
NOR
CR

Ret
LAU
QR

2
LAU
CR

8
NÜR
QR

7
NÜR
CR

Ret
A1R
QR

7
A1R
CR

6
ZAN
QR

6
ZAN
CR

5
HOC
QR

Ret
HOC
CR

5
4th 76
2002 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

6
HOC
CR

Ret
ZOL
QR

10
ZOL
CR

9
DON
QR

4
DON
CR

6
SAC
QR

9
SAC
CR

4
NOR
QR

Ret
NOR
CR

DNS
LAU
QR

6
LAU
CR

3
NÜR
QR

4
NÜR
CR

4
A1R
QR

10
A1R
CR

1
ZAN
QR

1
ZAN
CR

3
HOC
QR

Ret
HOC
CR

5
4th 30
2003 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK 2003 HOC
2
ADR
4
NÜR
2
LAU
10
NOR
2
DON
4
NÜR
5
A1R
1
ZAN
6
HOC
3
3rd 57
2004 OPC Team Phoenix Opel Vectra GTS V8 2004 HOC
Ret
EST
20†
ADR
Ret
LAU
7
NOR
Ret
SHA1
14†
NÜR
4
OSC
8
ZAN
10
BRN
4
HOC
Ret
9th 13
2005 OPC Team Holzer Opel Vectra GTS V8 2005 HOC
9
LAU
13
SPA
5
BRN
15
OSC
8
NOR
Ret
NÜR
13
ZAN
5
LAU
Ret
IST
10
HOC
6
12th 12
  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 Switzerland Swiss Spirit Switzerland Harold Primat
Austria Philipp Peter
Courage LC70-Judd LMP1 132 DNF DNF
2007 Switzerland Swiss Spirit Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Switzerland Iradj Alexander
Lola B07/18-Audi LMP1 62 DNF DNF
2008 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Simon Pagenaud
Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 147 DNF DNF
2009 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 311 DNF DNF
2010 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 396 2nd 2nd
2011 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 355 1st 1st
2012 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 378 1st 1st
2013 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 338 5th 5th
2014 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1-H 379 1st 1st

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 A1 Team Switzerland NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

10
MEX
FEA

14
SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

8th 50

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Audi Sport North America LMP1 Audi R10 TDI Audi 5.5L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS DET
ovr:DSQ
cls:DSQ
PET MON 19th 21
2009 Corvette Racing GT1 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0L V8
(E85 ethanol)
M SEB
ovr:7
cls:2
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS 6th 26
GT2 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 6.0L V8 M PET
ovr:11
cls:4
MON 31st 20
2010 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R15 TDI plus Audi 5.5L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
M SEB LNB MON UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
ovr:6
cls:5
NC -
2011 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 TDI Audi 3.7L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
M SEB LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
NC -
2013 Audi Sport Team Joest P1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi 3.7L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
M SEB
ovr:1
cls:1
LNB MON LIM MOS AME BAL COTA VIR PET NC -

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SEB
11
SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
1
SÃO
2
BHR
1
FUJ
2
SHA
3
1st 172.5
2013 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL
2
SPA
1
LMS
5
SÃO
1
COA
3
FUJ
26
SHA
1
BHR
2
2nd 149.25
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
SIL
Ret
SPA
5
LMS
1
COA
1
FUJ
6
SHA
BHR
SÃO
3rd* 93*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrea Montermini
Michele Maceratesi
International GT Open champion
2009
with Joël Camathias
Succeeded by
Álvaro Barba
Pierre Kaffer
Preceded by
Bernd Mayländer
F1 Safety Car Driver
2001 Canadian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Bernd Mayländer
Preceded by
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Mike Rockenfeller
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
20112012 with:
Benoît Tréluyer
André Lotterer
Succeeded by
Allan McNish
Tom Kristensen
Loïc Duval
Preceded by
None
FIA World Endurance Champion
2012 with:
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Succeeded by
Allan McNish
Tom Kristensen
Loïc Duval
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Tom Kristensen
Loïc Duval
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2014 with:
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Succeeded by
Incumbent