Olivier Pla

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Olivier Pla
Olivier Pla Le Mans drivers parade 2011 crop.jpg
Pla at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans driver parade
Nationality France French
Born (1981-10-22) October 22, 1981 (age 32)
Toulouse (France)
2014 Le Mans Series (LMP2)
Debut season 2008
Current team Quifel ASM Team
Starts 10
Wins 2
Poles 3
Fastest laps 5
Best finish 1st in 2009
Previous series
2007
200507
2004
2003
2001–02
2000
Porsche Cup Germany
GP2 Series
World Series by Nissan
Formula Three Euroseries
French Formula Three
Formula Campus
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20082014
Teams OAK Racing, Quifel ASM Team
Best finish 8th (2013)

Olivier Pla (born October 22, 1981 in Toulouse) is a race-car driver from France.

Career[edit]

French Formula Campus & Formula Three[edit]

Pla's career started in 2000 in French Formula Campus before moving on to French Formula Three Championship in 2001 with the Saulnier Racing team. He finished eighth in the series standings, taking nine points-scoring positions in eleven races, including a podium in the penultimate race of the season at Magny-Cours.[1]

In 2002, Pla stayed in the series but switched to the ASM team. He finished third, behind Renaud Derlot and Tristan Gommendy, taking nine podium places from fourteen races, including wins at Croix-en-Ternois and Bugatti Circuit.[2]

In 2003, Pla joined the Formula Three Euroseries with ASM. He finished third, behind Christian Klien and Ryan Briscoe, taking nine podium places from twenty races.[3]

World Series by Nissan[edit]

2004 saw Pla leave the Euroseries, joining the World Series by Nissan. He contested two rounds with RC Motorsport before joining Carlin Motorsport to replace Michael Keohane. He finished ninth, taking thirteen points-scoring positions in eighteen races, including a win at Estoril.[4]

GP2 Series[edit]

In 2005 he raced in the inaugural GP2 Series season for David Price Racing. In the early part of the season he stalled on the grid several times - some blamed the GP2 cars for the high number of stallings, while others noticed that the same drivers seemed to be affected regularly. In another race he selected reverse instead of first gear and went backwards into his team-mate's car. However, he took advantage of the reverse grid system to finish eighth in Race One and thus take pole for Race Two twice (at Hockenheim and Silverstone), winning both those races to finish 11th in the championship. He remained with DPR for 2006, but was dropped mid-season after running out of sponsorship, after a difficult period which saw him score no points and injure his hand in Monaco.

In 2007, he competed in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. However, he was recalled to DPR in the latter stages of the GP2 season to replace the injured Christian Bakkerud. In 2008, he moved to sports car racing, driving a Lola Le Mans Prototype in the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 Formula Renault Campus France Formula Campus  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 391 3rd
2001 French Formula Three Championship Saulnier Racing 11 0 0 0 1 74 8th
2002 French Formula Three Championship ASM 14 2 3 1 9 159 3rd
FIA European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Korea Super Prix 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2003 Formula Three Euroseries ASM 20 0 3 0 8 74 3rd
2004 World Series by Nissan RC Motorsport 18 1 0 0 1 56 9th
Carlin Motorsport
2005 GP2 Series David Price Racing 22 2 0 1 2 20 13th
2006 GP2 Series DPR Direxiv 9 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany MRS-Team 9 0 1 0 0 34 15th
GP2 Series David Price Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 35th
2008 Le Mans Series — LMP2 Quifel ASM Team 5 0 0 0 1 12 8th
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
American Le Mans Series Team LNT 1 0 0 0 0 20 14th
2009 Le Mans Series — LMP2 Quifel ASM Team 5 2 3 5 3 33 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2013 World Endurance Championship - LMP2 OAK Racing 8 0 1 0 5 132.5 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd

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 David Price Racing SMR
FEA

9
SMR
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

9
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

8
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

9
GBR
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

17
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

11
BEL
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

DNS
13th 20
2006 DPR Direxiv VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

15
SMR
FEA

Ret
SMR
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

15
EUR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

DSQ
ESP
SPR

20
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

FRA
FEA

16
FRA
SPR

9
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
27th 0
2007 David Price Racing BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

13
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
35th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 325 20th 4th
2009 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 46 DNF DNF
2010 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 318 20th 7th
2011 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Zytek 09SC LMP1 48 DNF DNF
2012 France OAK Racing France Jacques Nicolet
France Matthieu Lahaye
Morgan LMP2-Judd LMP2 139 DNF DNF
2013 France OAK Racing Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 328 8th 2nd
2014 Russia G-Drive Racing Russia Roman Rusinov
France Julien Canal
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 120 DNF DNF

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 OAK Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SIL
2
SPA
2
LMS
2
SÃO
6
COA
6
FUJ
3
SHA
2
BHR
2
2nd 132.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 French Formula 3 Championship". speedsport-magazine.com (Speedsport Magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ "2002 French Formula 3 Championship". speedsport-magazine.com (Speedsport Magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ "2003 Formula 3 Euro Series". speedsport-magazine.com (Speedsport Magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ "2004 Formula Nissan V6 World Series". speedsport-magazine.com (Speedsport Magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonathan Cochet
Korea Super Prix
Winner

2002
Succeeded by
Richard Antinucci
Preceded by
Jos Verstappen
Le Mans Series — LMP2 Champion
2009
With Miguel Amaral
Succeeded by
Incumbent