Tomáš Enge

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Tomáš Enge
Tomas Enge 2007.jpg
Tomáš Enge in 2007
Born (1976-09-11) 11 September 1976 (age 38)
Liberec, Czechoslovakia
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Czech
Active years 2001
Teams Prost
Races 3
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2001 Italian Grand Prix
Last race 2001 Japanese Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20022006, 20082010
Teams Prodrive, Aston Martin Racing, Young Driver AMR
Best finish 4th (2009)
Class wins 1 (2003) (LMGTS)

Tomáš Enge (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈɛŋɡɛ]) (born 11 September 1976 in Liberec) is a motor racing driver from the Czech Republic, who has competed in many classes of motorsport, including three races in Formula One.

Career[edit]

Enge started his career at the age of 16, entering a Ford Fiesta he bought with his own money in the Czechoslovakian Ford Fiesta Cup. He participated in the final three races of the 2001 Formula One season, debuting on 16 September at the Italian Grand Prix. Enge was brought in as a replacement for Luciano Burti after the latter's crash in the Belgian race, becoming his country's first Formula One driver. The Prost team folded before the start of the 2002 season, leaving Enge without a drive.

He obtained his Formula One break using the sponsorship from the local Coca-Cola subsidiary, which had also funded the Nordic Racing F3000 team he raced for that year. He finished third in the 2001 standings despite missing the final race, and was stripped of the 2002 title due to a positive marijuana test.[1] He returned to Formula 3000 in 2004, and then headed to America for 2005, driving for Panther Racing in the IRL, with modest success. Among his 17 career IRL starts was his rookie start in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. He then drove for Team Czech Republic in the 2005-2006 A1GP season. Enge has also been a frequent driver for Prodrive's sportscar teams, driving both their Ferrari 550 Maranellos and Aston Martin DBR9s in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2006 he was driver of the #007 Aston Martin Racing entry in the American Le Mans Series, but for 2007 will switch to the Petersen/White Lightning Ferrari F430.

On 31 March 2007, Enge was injured whilst driving his F430 at the ALMS St. Petersburg race. The car crashed whilst leading the GT2 class, suffering heavy damage to the driver's side and a brief fire. Enge was removed under medical supervision and transported to the local medical centre.[2] He was later revealed to have suffered a shattered elbow, cracked ribs, a partially collapsed lung and a potentially broken ankle, but not to be in any serious danger.[3]

On 21 July 2007, Enge was released from his contract with Peterson Motorsports/White Lightning Racing due to a penalty incurred after crashing into Mika Salo during the Acura Sports Car Challenge ALMS race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.[4]

In 2009 he drove for Aston Martin Racing in the Le Mans Series and won the championship alongside Stefan Mücke and Jan Charouz. He remained with Aston Martin, as he moved into the FIA GT1 World Championship for the 2010 season, joining Darren Turner at Young Driver AMR. The pairing finished fourth in the championship with three victories. Enge and Turner were split for the 2011 season; Turner was joined by Stefan Mücke, while Enge was partnered by Alex Müller. Enge and Müller achieved two victories as they finished fourth in the championship.

With Young Driver AMR pulling out of the championship to focus on other series, Enge moved to the Reiter Engineering Lamborghini squad for the 2012 season, where he partnered socialite Albert von Thurn und Taxis.[5] The pairing were lying tenth in the championship after four rounds; their best result was a second place finish at the Slovakia Ring. On 19 June 2012, it was announced that Enge had tested positive for a banned substance at the Navarra round of the championship, and was suspended from racing.[6] At the beginning of August, it was announced that Enge was to be suspended from racing for 18 months. Enge is appealing the decision on the grounds that the positive test was caused by medication he is taking for a chronic cardiovascular condition.[7]

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 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 DC Points
1998 Auto Sport Racing OSC IMO CAT SIL MON PAU A1R HOC
15
HUN
12
SPA
7
PER
Ret
NÜR
6
23rd 1
1999 WRT Fina IMO
DNQ
MON
DNQ
CAT
14
MAG
2
SIL
17
A1R
11
HOC
Ret
HUN
14
SPA
11
NÜR
Ret
11th 6
2000 MySAP.com IMO
5
SIL
13
CAT
Ret
NÜR
Ret
MON
DNQ
MAG
5
A1R
16
HOC
1
HUN
17
SPA
6
6th 15
2001 Coca-Cola Nordic Racing INT
12
IMO
3
CAT
1
A1R
3
MON
7
NÜR
1
MAG
3
SIL
5
HOC
5
HUN
11
SPA
4
MNZ 3rd 39
2002 Arden International INT
Ret
IMO
6
CAT
2
A1R
1
MON
3
NÜR
13
SIL
1
MAG
1
HOC
Ret
HUN
DSQ
SPA
4
MNZ
2
3rd 50
2004 Ma-Con Engineering IMO
5
CAT
Ret
MON
14
NÜR
7
MAG
2
SIL
3
HOC
Ret
HUN
4
SPA
4
MNZ
2
4th 38

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
2001 Prost Grand Prix Prost AP04 Acer V10 AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
12
USA
14
JPN
Ret
24th 0

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2006 Aston Martin Racing GT1 Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin 6.0l V12 SEB
3
LST
3
LMO
3
NEN
3
UTA
1
POR
2
AME
3
MOS
3
PET
1
MON
3
4th 159

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 United Kingdom Prodrive Sweden Rickard Rydell
Switzerland Alain Menu
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 167 DNF DNF
2003 United Kingdom Veloqx Prodrive Racing Netherlands Peter Kox
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 336 10th 1st
2004 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing Netherlands Peter Kox
Switzerland Alain Menu
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 325 11th 4th
2005 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Netherlands Peter Kox
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 327 DNF DNF
2006 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
Italy Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 350 6th 2nd
2007 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Netherlands Peter Kox
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 337 9th 4th
2008 Czech Republic Charouz Racing System
United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing
Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 354 9th 9th
2009 Czech Republic AMR Eastern Europe Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 373 4th 4th
2010 Germany Young Driver AMR Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Netherlands Peter Kox
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 311 22nd 3rd

American Open-Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2004 Patrick Racing United States
HMS
 
United States
PHX
 
Japan
MOT
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
PPIR
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
CHI
 
United States
FON
Ret
United States
TX2
13
27th 31
2005 Panther Racing United States
HMS
Ret
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
STP
Ret
Japan
MOT
DNS
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
TXS
19
United States
RIR
7
United States
KAN
11
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
MIL
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
11
United States
PPIR
6
United States
SNM
5
United States
CHI
Ret
United States
WGL
Ret
United States
FON
8
16th 261
2006 Cheever Racing United States
HMS
 
United States
STP
 
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
INDY
 
United States
WGL
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
SNM
 
United States
CHI
 
33rd 12

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 Czech Republic GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

11
GER
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

5
POR
FEA

9
AUS
SPR

Ret
AUS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

16
MYS
FEA

3
UAE
SPR

3
UAE
FEA

Ret
RSA
SPR

5
RSA
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

10
IDN
FEA

13
MEX
SPR

5
MEX
FEA

7
USA
SPR

18
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

6
CHN
FEA

1
12th 56
2006–07 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

5
CZE
FEA

2
BEI
SPR

8
BEI
FEA

6
MYS
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

14
IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

17
NZL
FEA

12
AUS
SPR

9
AUS
FEA

5
RSA
SPR

11
RSA
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

12th 27
2007–08 NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

ZHU
SPR

5
ZHU
FEA

8
NZL
SPR

Ret
NZL
FEA

11
AUS
SPR

18
AUS
FEA

15
RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

19th 10

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

11
SIL
QR

4
SIL
CR

EX
BRN
QR

2
BRN
CR

2
PRI
QR

10
PRI
CR

16
SPA
QR

10
SPA
CR

6
NÜR
QR

1
NÜR
CR

1
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

10
NAV
QR

Ret
NAV
CR

4
INT
QR

2
INT
CR

10
SAN
QR

10
SAN
CR

15
4th 104
2011 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

6
ZOL
QR

3
ZOL
CR

3
ALG
QR

Ret
ALG
CR

Ret
SAC
QR

10
SAC
CR

Ret
SIL
QR

1
SIL
CR

2
NAV
QR

Ret
NAV
CR

13
PRI
QR

2
PRI
CR

3
ORD
QR

16
ORD
CR

14
BEI
QR

1
BEI
CR

2
SAN
QR

5
SAN
CR

10
4th 103
2012 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini NOG
QR

3
NOG
CR

8
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

8
NAV
QR

12
NAV
QR

14
SVK
QR

2
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
19th 18

Complete Blancpain Endurance Series results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 Pos Points
2014 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 MNZ
16
SIL PRI SPA NUR 22nd 1

* Season in progress.

Complete Blancpain Sprint Series results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2014 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 Pro NOG
QR

9
NOG
CR

16
18th 16
Reiter Engineering BRH
QR

9
BRH
CR

Ret
ZAN
QR

ZAN
CR

SVK
QR

Ret
SVK
CR

DNS
G-Drive Racing ALG
QR

6
ALG
CR

4
ZOL
QR

13
ZOL
CR

9
BAK
QR

BAK
CR

* Season in progress.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enge fails drug test (BBC Sport, 13 Sep 2002)
  2. ^ "Enge in stable condition after crash". autosport.com. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Tomas Enge medical update". motorsport.com. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  4. ^ Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Releases Enge Effective Immediately (21 Jul 2007)
  5. ^ "Lineup of the Reiter Engineering Pilots for the GT1 World Championship Has Been Set". Reiter Engineering (Reiter Engineering GmbH & Co KG). 12 March 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tomas Enge suspended from racing after failing drugs test". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Knapp Schilke, Nancy (2012-08-01). "FIA suspends Tomas Enge for 18 months for failing drug test". motorsport.com (Motorsport.com). Retrieved 2012-08-02. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alexandre Prémat
Mike Rockenfeller
Le Mans Series Champion
2009 with:
Jan Charouz
Stefan Mücke
Succeeded by
Stéphane Sarrazin