Racing Engineering

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Racing Engineering
Logo Racing Engineering.jpg
Full name Racing Engineering
Founded 1999
Base Spain Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
Founder/s Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
Team principal/s
Race drivers 7. TBA
8. TBA
GP2 Series record
Debut 2005
Races competed 374
Drivers' Championships 2008 (Pantano)

2013 (Fabio Leimer)

Race victories 23
Pole positions 11
Fastest laps 10
Other Series
Former Series 24 hours of Le Mans
World Series by Nissan
Spanish F3
Drivers' Titles 2001 Spanish F3 (Vilariño)
2003 Spanish F3 (Mauricio)
2004 Spanish F3 (Garcia)
2008 GP2 Series (Pantano)
2013 GP2 Series (Fabio Leimer)
Teams' Titles 2001 Spanish F3
2002 Spanish F3
2003 Spanish F3
2004 Spanish F3
2005 Spanish F3
2006 Spanish F3
2002 World Series by Nissan

Racing Engineering is a Spanish racing team founded in 1999 by Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón. The team's headquarters are located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, near Jerez, in a state-of-the-art factory, where all car preparation and race team organization is based. The team has won 12 championship in many categories such as Formula 3, World Series and GP2. The French driver Franck Montagny, the Briton Justin Wilson, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, are some of the drivers who entered the highest category in international motor sports after competing with Racing Engineering in Formula 3, World Series or GP2. Even the quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, Formula One's youngest winner, raced with Racing Engineering's Formula 3 team.

History[edit]

In 2000, Racing Engineering was the first Spanish team to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, doing so in the GT Class with a Porsche 911 GT3-R.

In ten years of history, the team has won eleven championship titles, which is a record for any motor racing team in such a brief period of time.

Racing Engineering has participated in categories such as the Spanish GT Championship, Spanish Formula Three, in which Racing Engineering won all six consecutive championships in which it participated, World Series by Nissan and more recently, in the GP2 Series, the main feeder championship for Formula 1.

Racing Engineering participated in the Spanish Formula Three championship between 2001 and 2006 and were team champions in each of those years. The team featured names such as Nicolas Prost, Sebastian Vettel, Sébastien Buemi, Ricardo Mauricio, Álvaro Parente and Miguel Molina among their drivers. They also achieved the drivers’ title with Ander Vilariño in 2001, Ricardo Mauricio in 2003 and Borja Garcia in 2004.

The team also participated in the World Series by Nissan in 2002 and 2003. Winning the team championship in 2002 and were vice-champions in 2003.

In 2005 Racing Engineering embarked in a new adventure and joined the newly created GP2 Series. Since 2007, all efforts of the Spanish team are solely focused on this championship.

In 2005 Racing Engineering featured the Swiss Neel Jani and the recently crowned Spanish Formula 3 champion Borja Garcia. The team finished the season fifth in the teams’ championship.

For 2006, Racing Engineering signed Briton Adam Carroll and the young Spanish Javier Villa. The team finished the year in seventh position.

Giorgio Pantano - 2008 Racing Engineering

In 2007, Racing Engineering continued its GP2 participation with the young Javier Villa, who once more was the youngest driver in the field. The Spaniard celebrated three victories in the Racing Engineering car.

For the 2008 season, the drivers were Javier Villa, in his third season in the championship with the team, and Giorgio Pantano, another veteran.[1] Pantano celebrated an amazing season and claimed the drivers' title, whilst the team finished in fourth position.

Dani Clos - 2011 Racing Engineering

For the 2009 season, Racing Engineering signed the young Spaniard Dani Clos for his debut in the category and Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, who was also the third driver for the Renault F1 Team. The Spanish rookie achieved his first podium at the Portimao round, whilst Di Grassi was third in the championship and, for the 2010 season, graduated to F1.



For the 2010 season Dani Clos continued with the team. Whilst continuing with their policy of having an experienced driver and giving a chance to a rookie, Racing Engineering signed the German newcomer Christian Vietoris, vice-champion of the 2009 F3 Euroseries. Dani Clos has been in the fight for the drivers’ championship right up until the penultimate round, having achieved pole position in Monaco and having won the sprint race in Istanbul, as well as finishing on the podium several times during the season.
Christian Vietoris achieved his first win in the championship during the sprint race in Monza after a rocket start.[2] For the last round in Abu Dhabi, Vietoris suffered an appendecitis at the last minute, with Racing engineering being able to secure Ho-Pin Tung as a replacement just in time for the practice session. Dani Clos ended the season just one point shy of being third in the championship, whilst Racing Engineering finished the season in fourth position in the teams' table.

Fabio Leimer, 2013 GP2 Series Champion

For the 2011 GP2 season, Racing Engineering competed in the Asia Series for the first time, with Nathanaël Berthon joining Clos on the driving strength. Clos took victory in the final race of the truncated season, elevating the team to ninth in the championship. Vietoris returned for the main series, replacing Berthon, but was then injured and sat out four races, for which he was replaced by Álvaro Parente. After Vietoris' return, he won two races and finished ninth in the drivers' championship, ahead of Clos (ninth) and Parente (16th), who also raced for the Carlin team later in the year. Racing Engineering finished a career-best third in the teams' championship, behind Addax and DAMS.

In 2012, Racing Engineering signed Fabio Leimer and rookie Nathanaël Berthon for the 2012 season, the Asia Series having been discontinued. Leimer finished seventh in the drivers' championship with six podium finishes, a pole position and two fastest laps; Berthon was twelfth with two second-placed finishes. The team manage to get to fourth place in the teams' championship.

In 2013 Racing Engineering finished the GP2 Team’s Championship in third with Fabio Leimer and Julian Leal behind the wheels of the Spanish team’s cars. The young Swiss Fabio Leimer was crowned 2013 GP2 Champion at the YAS Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, while his teammate Julian Leal finished the season as 12th in the overall standings.


Results[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2005 Dallara-Mecachrome Switzerland Neel Jani 23 2 1 0 48 7th 5th
Spain Borja Garcia 22 0 0 0 17.5 14th
2006 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Adam Carroll 21 0 0 0 33 8th 7th
Spain Javier Villa 21 0 0 0 0 26th
2007 Dallara-Mecachrome Spain Javier Villa 21 3 0 0 42 5th 6th
Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 5 0 0 0 4 24th
Venezuela Ernesto Viso 3 0 0 0 0 29th
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 2 0 0 0 0 32nd
Spain Marcos Martinez Ucha 8 0 0 0 5 22nd
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome Spain Javier Villa 20 0 0 0 8 17th 4th
Italy Giorgio Pantano 20 4 4 4 76 1st
2009 Dallara-Mecachrome Brazil Lucas di Grassi 20 1 1 1 63 3rd 4th
Spain Dani Clos 20 0 0 0 4 21st
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome Spain Dani Clos 20 1 1 1 51 4th 4th
Germany Christian Vietoris 18 1 0 0 29 9th
China Ho-Pin Tung 2 0 0 0 0 28th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Spain Dani Clos 18 0 0 0 30 9th 3rd
Germany Christian Vietoris 14 2 1 2 35 7th
Portugal Álvaro Parente 4 0 0 0 8 16th
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome Switzerland Fabio Leimer 23 0 1 2 152 7th 4th
France Nathanaël Berthon 23 0 0 0 60 12th
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome Switzerland Fabio Leimer 23 3 1 1 201 1st 3rd
Colombia Julian Leal 23 0 0 0 62 12th
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Raffaele Marciello 20 1 0 0 72 8th 4th
Monaco Stefano Coletti 20 1 0 5 115 6th

† Tung also competed in 14 races for DAMS in 2010.
‡ Parente also competed in 8 races for Carlin in 2011.

World Series by Nissan[edit]

World Series by Nissan results[3]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2002 Dallara SN01-Nissan France Franck Montagny 18 4 3 2 222 2nd 1st
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 18 2 2 1 173 4th
2003 Dallara SN01-Nissan France Stéphane Sarrazin 18 1 2 4 110 7th 2nd
Belgium Bas Leinders 18 2 2 1 128 3rd

Spanish Formula 3[edit]

Spanish Formula Three results[4]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2001 Dallara F300-Toyota Spain Ander Vilariño 13 6 7 7 196 1st 1st
France Benjamin Poron 6 0 0 0 28 18th
Spain Daniel Martin 8 1 1 2 157 2nd
2002 Dallara F300-Toyota Portugal Álvaro Parente 13 1 1 1 139 4th 1st
Spain Andy Soucek 13 0 1 0 118 8th
France Lucas Lasserre 13 3 0 1 183 2nd
2003 Dallara F300-Toyota Spain Pedro Barral 13 0 0 1 97 8th 1st
Brazil Ricardo Mauricio 13 6 4 2 192 1st
Germany Dennis Furchheim 5 0 0 0 28 16th
Spain Juan Antonio del Pino 5 0 0 0 76 10th
Belgium Jan Heylen 2 0 0 0
Portugal Lourenço da Veiga 12 0 0 0 89 9th
2004 Dallara F300-Toyota Spain Borja Garcia 13 9 8 8 149 1st 1st
United Kingdom Steven Kane 12 1 1 2 100 3rd
Spain Maria de Villota 12 0 0 0 13 12th
Spain Emilio de Villota, Jr. 2 0 0 0
2005 Dallara F305-Toyota Spain Javier Villa 15 3 3 5 96 4th 1st
Argentina Ricardo Risatti 15 4 5 4 96 3rd
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 12 1 1 0 52 6th
Germany Sebastian Vettel 1 0 0 0 8 15th
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2 0 0 0
2006 Dallara F305-Toyota Spain Marcos Martinez Ucha 14 1 0 0 28 10th 1st
Spain Javier Villa 2 0 0 0 10 15th
France Nicolas Prost 16 1 0 0 83 4th
Spain Miguel Molina 15 1 0 0 73 6th
Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 16 1 1 1 74 5th

Reference: GP2 and Formula 3000 entrylist and complete results

Timeline[edit]

Type 1990s 2000s 2010s
99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Formulas Spanish Formula Three Championship GP2 Asia
World Series by Nissan GP2 Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racing Engineering sign Pantano". autosport.com. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ "YouTube". Google. 
  3. ^ WSbR complete results speedsportmag.com
  4. ^ Spanish F3 complete results speedsportmag.com

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