Nicolas Lapierre

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Nicolas Lapierre
Nicolas Lapierre 2009 1000km of Okayama.jpg
Nationality France French
Born (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 30)
Thonon-les-Bains (France)
Previous series
2007
2005-2007
2005-06-2007-08
2004
2003-2004
2002
2001-2002
2000-2002
24 Hours of Le Mans (GT1)
GP2 Series
A1 Grand Prix
British Formula 3
Formula 3 Euroseries
French Formula 3
French Formula Renault 2000
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
Championship titles
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2009 -
Teams Team Oreca Matmut
Best finish 4th (2013)
Class wins 0

Nicolas Lapierre (born 2 April 1984) is a French race car driver born in Thonon-les-Bains, France. He raced in the first three seasons of the GP2 Series and is currently a works driver for Toyota Motorsport in the FIA World Endurance Championship

Career history[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lapierre started his career in 1993 in karting, finishing 3rd in the French championship in 1996, 6th in the European Championships in 1997 and reaching the finals of the European Junior Championship in 1998 before moving to French Formula Renault in 1999. He stayed there for 2000 and 2001, 2001 also seeing two races in Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. He again raced in French Formula Renault in 2002, also driving a full season of 2000 Eurocup and some races of French Formula Three (most of them being in the main class, although he drove two races in the B-Class also).

2003 saw Lapierre's real break, though, with a move to Formula Three Euroseries with the Signature team, but more notably a win in the Macau Grand Prix. He stayed in the Euroseries for 2004, also driving two races of British Formula Three.

With his reputuation increasing and his talent proven, Lapierre was rewarded for his Euroseries performances with a drive in GP2 Series for current champions Arden Motorsport. He partnered with Heikki Kovalainen.

GP2 & A1GP[edit]

During 2005 Lapierre drove for A1 Team France in the A1 Grand Prix series helping the team win the championship and therefore the World Cup of Motorsport. Nicolas won both the sprint and main race events in Germany and Australia, the main race in Dubai and the sprint in Indonesia.

During 2006 he continued with the Arden team in GP2, however his season was interrupted by a spectacular first corner crash in Monaco in which he was a victim of someone else's accident. Nicolas received two compressed vertebrae in the crash and missed the British round of the series. Despite this, his points score was higher than the previous season's tally.

Lapierre was dropped at the end of 2006 and has since signed to participate in a 3rd season of GP2 for the DAMS team, which finished 10th overall in the constructors' standings and runs the French A1 GP team, which won the first season of A1 Grand Prix.

Racing record[edit]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points Pos.
2009 Le Mans Series (LMP1) Team Oreca 3 0 1 1 11 5th
2009 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP1) Team Oreca 1 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2008 Le Mans Series (LMP1) Team Oreca 5 0 0 0 6 12th
2007-08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 2 0 0 0 11 4th
2007 GP2 Series DAMS 20 2 1 2 23 12th
2007 24 Hours of Le Mans (GT1) Team Oreca - no no no - 9th
2006-07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 10 0 0 0 32 4th
2006 GP2 Series Arden International 17 0 0 1 32 9th
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 10 6 2 2 76 1st
2005 GP2 Series Arden International 23 0 1 1 21 11th
2004 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature Plus 20 3 2 2 85 3rd
2004 British Formula 3 Signature Plus 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature Plus 20 0 1 0 33 11th
2002 French Formula 3 Signature Plus 4 0 0 15 13th
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 8 0 1 120 3rd
2002 French Formula Renault 2000 24 9th
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 4 26th
2001 French Formula Renault 2000 65 8th
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 12 20th

Complete A1 Grand Prix 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 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 France GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

1
GER
FEA

1
POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

1
AUS
FEA

1
MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

UAE
SPR

7
UAE
FEA

1
RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

1
IDN
FEA

8
MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

USA
SPR

2
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

6
1st 172
2006–07 NED
SPR

3
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

3
CZE
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

17
CHN
FEA

4
MYS
SPR

6
MYS
FEA

3
IDN
SPR

7
IDN
FEA

3
NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

4th 67
2007–08 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

6
CZE
FEA

5
MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

4th 118

Complete GP2 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 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Arden International SMR
FEA

DNS
SMR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

9
MON
FEA

Ret
EUR
FEA

12
EUR
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

3
FRA
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

10
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

9
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

6
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

13
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

23
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

20
11th 21
2006 Arden International VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

3
SMR
FEA

3
SMR
SPR

7
EUR
FEA

5
EUR
SPR

2
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

FRA
FEA

FRA
SPR

GER
FEA

20
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

14
TUR
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

4
9th 32
2007 DAMS BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

1
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

DNS
MON
FEA

Ret
FRA
FEA

8
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

DNS
EUR
FEA

9
EUR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

14
TUR
FEA

15
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

10
ITA
SPR

17
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

21
12th 23

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Team Oreca Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
France Soheil Ayari
Saleen S7-R GT1 318 16th 9th
2009 France Team Oreca-Matmut AIM France Olivier Panis
France Soheil Ayari
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 370 5th 5th
2010 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 373 DNF DNF
2011 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 339 5th 5th
2012 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 134 DNF DNF
2013 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 341 4th 4th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB
SPA
LMS
Ret
SIL
2
SÃO
1
BHR
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
3rd 96
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
4
SPA
Ret
LMS
4
SÃO CTA FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
Ret
4th 69.5

*Season in progress.

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tristan Gommendy
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2003
Succeeded by
Alexandre Prémat
Preceded by
None
A1 Grand Prix Championship
Winner

2006-07
With Alexandre Prémat
Succeeded by
Michael Ammermüller
Marco Holzer
Nico Hülkenberg