Vanina Ickx

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Vanina Ickx
Vanina Ickx Le Mans 2011.jpg
Ickx at Le Mans in 2011
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2001, 2003, 2005, 20082011
Teams Paul Belmondo Racing, T2M Motorsports, Rollcentre Racing, Creation Autosportif, Signature-Plus
Best finish 7th (2011)

Vanina Ickx (born 16 February 1975 in Brussels) is a Belgian racecar driver.

Career[edit]

Ickx is the daughter of legendary racing driver Jacky Ickx and his first wife Catherine. Ickx started racing at a relatively late age, entering the BMW Compact Cup in 1996, partnering the Cup's most successful entrant, Stéphane De Groodt. For 1997 she got a Cup racer of her own, before she moved up to the Belgian Procar series in 1998, which ran to Super Production regulations. She shared a BMW 320i with Sylvie Delcour. In 1998 Ickx transferred to the Renault team, partnered by Frenchman Franck Lagorce. She scored her first podium that year, but on the downside, when sharing a car with her father Jacky, she crashed out of the Spa 24 Hours, admittedly by her own fault. She remained a part of the Renault team in 1999. In 2000 she joined Renault, resulting in a career-high third place overall in that year's Spa 24 Hours. That same year she would also score her first victory in the Ferrari Challenge.

Already having participated in two Rally Raid events the year before, she entered the Dakar Rally for the first time in 2000, co-driving with her father, Jacky. Since then she has entered the raid two more times, the last time being in 2002.

In 2001 she tried her hand at single-seater racing for the first time, participating in the U.S. F2000 National Championship. The rest of the year she filled with guest appearances in races in Europe: the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Belgian Toyota Yaris Cup, the Porsche Supercup, and the Spa 24 Hours. With the exception of the Formula 2000 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ickx's 2002 racing schedule was pretty similar to the one she had in 2001.

Her studies demanding more of her time as she neared graduation,[clarification needed] 2003 proved to be a rather quiet year with participation at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, another Ferrari Challenge event and a guest-outing in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup at Estoril.

For 2004 she once again had a full-time program, this time in the Belcar championship. The Belcar campaign proved successful as the year ended with Ickx taking home the Ladies Trophy. She scored another victory in the Ferrari Challenge, while finishing on the podium at the Oman Desert Rally Raid and the Monza round of the short-lived Formula X championship. She collected a class victory in the Spa 24 Hours and made a guest appearance in the Porsche Supercup at the Belgian Grand Prix.

2005 saw Ickx continue in the Belcar championship, racing the same Mini Cooper she did the year before, and she netted her first class victory in the Tourisme division. At the same time, having made her debut in the Le Mans Endurance Series the year before in the GT class, she entered the LMP1 division by finishing third three times in a row, driving the Rollcentre Racing Dallara SP1. Another class victory came her way at the Chinese round of the FIA GT Championship, racing a Belgian-made Gillet Vertigo in the invitation class.

Ickx was hired by Audi to race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in 2006 and 2007, but was replaced by Katherine Legge for 2008.

In October 2011 she participated in the World Solar Challenge for the Umicore Solar Team.[citation needed]

She was the first driver to get behind the wheel of the Citroën Survolt (a concept electric racing car) at Le Mans on 12 July 2010.

Career results[edit]

Complete DTM results[edit]

Ickx driving for Audi (Futurecom TME) in the 2006 DTM season.

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2006 Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
15
LAU
16
OSC
18
BRH
Ret
NOR
13
NÜR
18
ZAN
Ret
CAT
Ret
BUG
16
HOC
11
19th 0
2007 Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2005 HOC
15
OSC
Ret
LAU
15
BRH
17
NOR
Ret
MUG
Ret
ZAN
Ret
NÜR
19
CAT
13
HOC
18
21st 0

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
2011 Belgian Racing Ford ABU
QR
ABU
CR
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

14
ALG
CR

11
SAC
QR

Ret
SAC
CR

Ret
SIL
QR

7
SIL
CR

9
NAV
QR

11
NAV
CR

11
PRI
QR

Ret
PRI
CR

13
ORD
QR
ORD
CR
BEI
QR
BEI
CR
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
33rd 2

Le Mans[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001 France Paul Belmondo Racing Belgium Vincent Vosse
Sweden Carl Rosenblad
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 61 DNF DNF
2003 Japan T2M Motorsports France Roland Bervillé
France Patrick Bourdais
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 264 27th 9th
2005 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing Portugal João Barbosa
United Kingdom Martin Short
Dallara SP1-Judd LMP1 318 16th 8th
2008 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing Portugal João Barbosa
France Stéphan Grégoire
Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 352 11th 10th
2009 United States Creation Autosportif United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
France Romain Ianetta
Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 319 24th 15th
2010 France Signature-Plus France Franck Mailleux
France Pierre Ragues
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 302 DNF DNF
2011 Belgium Kronos Racing
Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team
Belgium Bas Leinders
Belgium Maxime Martin
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 328 7th 7th

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