Nicolas Vouilloz

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Nicolas Vouilloz
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Vouilloz at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Mountain Bike
World Championships
Gold 1995 Kirchzarten Downhill
Gold 1996 Cairns Downhill
Gold 1997 Château-d'Œx Downhill
Gold 1998 Mont Sainte-Anne Downhill
Gold 1999 Åre Downhill
Gold 2001 Vail Downhill
Gold 2002 Kaprun Downhill
Vouilloz at the 2009 Monte Carlo Rally
Vouilloz at the 2010 Monte Carlo Rally
Vouilloz at the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally

Nicolas Vouilloz (born 8 February 1976 in Nice, France) is a French former professional mountain biker and rally driver.

He won the Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships ten times, starting as a junior in 1992 and finishing his career with the his 10th victory in 2002, only placing lower in 2000 finishing 8th. He also won sixteen World cup Downhill races.

In 2000, Vouilloz started rallying in local and then national rally series. He debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2001 Monte Carlo Rally. His best result in the WRC is ninth place at the 2004 Wales Rally GB, driving a Peugeot 206 WRC for the Bozian Racing team. Being a Peugeot protégé and development driver, Peugeot Sport paired Vouilloz with experienced codriver Denis Giraudet (winner of the 1994 WRC title with countryman Didier Auriol).

Following Peugeot's decision to pull out of the WRC, Vouilloz competed on a full-time basis in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge from 2007 to 2009. He was runner-up in 2007 with three wins. In 2008, he won the championship in a Peugeot 207 S2000, ahead of Belgian teammate Freddy Loix, with one win, six second-place finishes and top 5 finishes in each race.[1] In 2009 he finished fourth with the same car, collecting three podiums but no wins.

After several years absence from the mountain biking scene, Vouilloz returned to race professionally in 2007 at the fourth round of the World Cup in Champery, Switzerland. He races for Lapierre Ultimate Cycles and is currently involved in the Enduro World Series.[2]

Complete World Rally Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2001 Nicolas Vouilloz Renault Clio RS MON SWE POR ESP ARG CYP GRE KEN FIN NZL ITA FRA
Ret
AUS GBR NC 0
2004 Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC MON
Ret
SWE MEX NZL CYP GRE
Ret
TUR ARG FIN GER
12
JPN GBR
9
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ESP
10
AUS NC 0
2005 Nicolas Vouilloz Škoda Fabia WRC MON SWE MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR GRE ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA
11
ESP
Ret
AUS NC 0
2006 Equipe de France FFSA Peugeot 307 WRC MON SWE MEX ESP FRA
Ret
ARG ITA GRE GER FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR NC 0

IRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
2007 Spain Peugeot Sport España Peugeot 207 S2000 KEN TUR
1
BEL
Ret
RUS
3
POR
9
CZE
1
ITA
3
SWI
1
CHI 2nd 42
2008 Belgium Peugeot Team Bel-Lux Peugeot 207 S2000 TUR
2
POR
3
BEL
2
RUS
5
POR
1
CZE
2
ESP
2
ITA
2
SWI
2
CHI 1st 68
2009 Belgium Peugeot Team Bel-Lux Peugeot 207 S2000 MON
Ret
BRA
2
KEN POR
3
BEL
Ret
RUS POR
4
CZE
Ret
ESP
3
ITA
3
SCO 4th 31
2010 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
3
BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL AZO MAD CZE ITA SCO CYP 15th 6
2011 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
7
CAN FRA UKR BEL AZO MAD CZE HUN ITA SCO CYP 14th 6

Palmarès[edit]

  • World Cup Downhill Champion : 1995-1996, 1999-2000
  • Downhill World Champion : 1995-1999, 2001-2002
  • Downhill Junior World Champion : 1992-1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vouilloz claims title, Loix claims victory at Valais". Eurosport. Retrieved 8 January 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Dumitru, Mihai. "Nicolas Vouilloz – campion în sporturi cu pedale". http://ciclist.wordpress.com (in Romanian). Veni, Vidi, Velo. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Enrique García-Ojeda
Intercontinental Rally Challenge Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Kris Meeke