Kévin Estre

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Kévin Estre
NationalityFrance French
Born (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 30)
Lyon, France
FIA WEC – LMP2 career
Debut season2015
Current teamOAK Racing
Car number34
Previous series
201415
2014
2013
201114
201113
200910
2008–14
2007
2006
United SportsCar Championship
Blancpain Endurance Series
FFSA GT Championship
Porsche Supercup
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
FIA GT3 European Championship
Porsche Carrera Cup France
French Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault Campus France
Championship titles
2013
2011
2006
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Formula Renault Campus France

Kévin Estre (born 28 October 1988) is a French professional racing driver. He is currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Porsche in the GTE PRO class.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Lyon, Estre began his racing career in karting, contesting the 2001 French Cadet Championship and taking his first title.[1] In 2004, he won the European ICA Championship, beating Jon Lancaster in the title competition.[2]

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2006, Estre began his graduation to single-seater racing by running in Formula Campus by Renault and Elf which he won comfortably at the first attempt, taking six wins and a total of twelve podium finishes from thirteen races.[3]

For the 2007 season, Estre graduated into the French Formula Renault 2.0 championship for Graff Racing. He finished ninth, taking nine point-scoring finishes from thirteen races.

Sportscar racing[edit]

Estre decided to switch to sportscars in 2008, continuing his collaboration with Graff Racing into the Porsche Carrera Cup France. He won a race at the final round of the season at Magny-Cours and scored another three podiums, finishing fifth overall.[4]

He remained in the series for 2009, but switched to Sofrev — ASP. This time he added race victories at Nogaro, Le Castellet and Circuit de Lédenon, improving to fourth position in the series standings.[5] As well as this, Estre competed in the Le Castellet round of the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship season with MP Racing.[6]

In 2010, he continued his participation in the Porsche Carrera Cup France with Sofrev — ASP. He again scored five wins, with a total of twelve podium finishes. This allowed him to enter the title battle with Frédéric Makowiecki, but Estre finished the season as runner-up to Makowiecki, by two points.[7] Estre also raced with Mühlner Motorsport in the opening two rounds of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship season and the season-opening Oschersleben round of the 2010 ADAC GT Masters season.[8][9]

Kévin Estre at the 2011 Monza Porsche Supercup round.

In 2011, Estre remained in the Porsche Carrera Cup France for a fourth successive year, but he joined the AS Events team. He dominated the season, amassing ten wins and took the championship title with an eventual margin of 113 points over his closest championship rival, Sylvain Noël.[10] Additionally he made his début in both the Porsche Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany with Attempto Racing.[11] In the Supercup he raced on a full-time basis, finishing seventh with a win at Monza.[12] In the German series, he only competed at the Norisring.[13]

For 2012, Estre decided to concentrate on the Supercup and the German series, continuing with Attempto Racing.[14] In the Supercup, he finished as runner-up to René Rast, with one win at the Hungaroring.[15] In the German series, he finished fourth, winning the 24 Hours Nürburgring support race held on the Nordschleife.[16] He qualified on pole position for the 24 Hours with a laptime of 8:10.9, averaging 186.1 km/h.[17][18][19]

Estre also had a part-time schedule in the French series, contesting five races with Nourry Competition.[20]

In 2013, he prolonged his collaboration with Attempto Racing in the Supercup and German series. He scored three podium finishes to end the season fourth in the Supercup, while in the German series, he dominated from the start of the season, collecting eight race wins in seventeen races to take the championship title.[21]

In 2014, Estre became a McLaren GT factory driver, joining the ART Grand Prix squad in the Blancpain Endurance Series. He competed in the No. 99 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 with Kevin Korjus and Andy Soucek.[22] The crew achieved two podiums, finishing the season in eighth position in the Pro Cup standings.[23]

In 2015, Estre he joined Chris Cumming and Laurens Vanthoor in OAK Racing in the LMP2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.[24] Also, he will stay in the Blancpain Endurance Series, but will switch to Von Ryan Racing. He will race in the No. 58 McLaren 650S GT3 with Rob Bell and Shane van Gisbergen.[25] He also competes for McLaren at the Blancpain Sprint Series for Attempto Racing, partnering with Bell.

In addition, the Frenchman competed at the Pirelli World Challenge, where he drove a K-Pax Racing McLaren to fifth place in the GT drivers standings. Also, he drove a Porsche 911 GT America at the 24 Hours of Daytona for Park Place Motorsports, and competed for the Porsche factory team at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on a Porsche 911 RSR.

Kévin Estre painted his helmet in the same colours as the Porsche he drove at the 2018 Le Mans 24 hours. The car was in turn painted in honour of the Pink Pig Porsche 917, which raced at the Le Mans race in 1971, and which had a similar porcine hue.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Formula Renault Campus France Auto Sport Academy 13 6 5 3 12 195 1st
2007 Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 Graff Racing 13 0 0 0 0 46 8th
2008 Porsche Carrera Cup France Graff Racing 14 1 0 0 4 108 5th
2009 Porsche Carrera Cup France Sofrev — ASP 14 5 2 6 6 146 4th
FIA GT3 European Championship MP Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2010 Porsche Carrera Cup France Sofrev — ASP 13 5 7 3 12 200 2nd
FIA GT3 European Championship Mühlner Motorsport 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
ADAC GT Masters 2 0 0 0 1 8 22nd
2011 Porsche Carrera Cup France AS Events 12 10 8 10 11 242 1st
Porsche Supercup Hermes Attempto Racing 11 1 2 1 3 127 7th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2 0 0 0 0 6 22nd
Porsche Carrera World Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series – Elite Performance Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 132 27th
2012 Porsche Supercup Hermes Attempto Racing 10 1 1 0 4 139 2nd
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 17 1 1 1 8 181 4th
International GT Open – GTS 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Porsche Carrera Cup France Nourry Competition 5 3 3 2 3 74 11th
Rolex Sports Car Series – GT TRG 1 0 0 0 0 16 68th
American Le Mans Series – GTC JDX Racing 1 0 0 0 0 12 25th
2013 Porsche Supercup Hermes Attempto Racing 9 0 0 1 3 107 4th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 17 8 7 2 11 249 1st
FFSA GT Championship 4 2 0 1 2 50 13th
Porsche Carrera Cup France 2 2 2 2 2 N/A NC†
Dubai 24 Hour – A6-Pro 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
FIA GT Series – Pro Hexis Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Rolex Sports Car Series – GT Mühlner Motorsports America 1 0 0 0 0 16 62nd
American Le Mans Series – GTC TRG 2 0 0 1 0 6 29th
2014 United SportsCar Championship – GTD Park Place Motorsports 8 0 0 0 1 83 31st
Blancpain Endurance Series – Pro Cup ART Grand Prix 5 0 1 0 2 48 8th
Porsche Supercup McGregor by Attempto Racing 3 0 0 1 1 21 17th
Porsche Carrera Cup France Tsunami RT 1 0 1 1 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Nürburgring – SP9 GT3 Dörr Motorsport 1 0 1 1 0 N/A NC
VLN Endurance – SP9 2 0 0 0 1 N/A NC†
ADAC GT Masters GW-IT Racing Team 2 2 0 0 2 50 18th
Blancpain Sprint Series Boutsen Ginion 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Gulf 12 Hours — GT3 McLaren GT 1 0 0 0 0 0 3rd

† Estre was a guest driver, therefore ineligible to score points.

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
2011 Attempto Racing TUR
8
ESP
4
MON
Ret
GER
5
GBR
4
GER
Ret
HUN
5
BEL
9
ITA
1
UAE
3
UAE
2
7th 127
2012 Hermes Attempto Racing BHR
9
BHR
4
MON
2
ESP
8
GBR
6
GER
3
HUN
1
HUN
5
BEL
4
ITA
2
2nd 139
2013 Attempto Racing ESP
DNS
MON
6
GBR
6
GER
3
HUN
4
BEL
7
ITA
3
UAE
5
UAE
2
4th 107
2014 McGregor powered by Attempto Racing ESP MON AUT GBR
11
GER
3
HUN BEL ITA
Ret
USA USA 17th 21

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2015 Porsche Team Manthey LMGTE Pro Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SIL SPA
3
LMS NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 16th 15
2016 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SIL SPA LMS NÜR MEX COA
5
FUJ SHA BHR 17th 10
2017 Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SIL
Ret
SPA
6
LMS
Ret
NÜR
3
MEX
5
COA
2
FUJ
3
SHA
Ret
BHR
Ret
11th 67
2018–19 Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
3
FUJ
1
SHA
3
SEB
5
SPA
3
LMS
5
1st 155
2019–20 Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro Porsche 911 RSR-19 Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6 SIL
2
FUJ
2
SHA
BHR
SÃO
SEB
SPA
LMS
1st* 36*

* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2015 France OAK Racing Canada Chris Cumming
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Ligier JS P2-Honda LMP2 329 DNF DNF
2016 Germany Porsche Motorsport France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Pro
135 DNF DNF
2017 Germany Porsche GT Team Denmark Michael Christensen
Germany Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Pro
179 DNF DNF
2018 Germany Porsche GT Team Denmark Michael Christensen
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Pro
344 15th 1st
2019 Germany Porsche GT Team Denmark Michael Christensen
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Pro
337 29th 9th

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "European Championship — ICA 2004 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
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  5. ^ "Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup France 2009 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "FIA GT3 European Championship 2009 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup France 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  8. ^ "FIA GT3 European Championship 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  9. ^ "ADAC GT Masters 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup France 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  11. ^ "All drivers of the season 2011". racecam.de. racecam GmbH. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Ready for the new season – Hermes ATTEMPTO Racing". racecam.de. racecam GmbH. 13 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
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  18. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/endurance/news/kevin-estre-and-mclaren-shatter-qualifying-lap-record-for-n-rburgring-24/
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajN5fVVOLOw
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  21. ^ "Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2013 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
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  23. ^ "Blancpain Endurance Series — Pro Cup 2014 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
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  25. ^ DiZinno, Tony (11 March 2015). "McLaren GT Sets BES Lineups, Factory Driver Race Schedules". sportcar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 11 March 2015.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jean-Karl Vernay
Formula Renault Campus France
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Jean-Éric Vergne
Preceded by
Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche Carrera Cup France
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Jean-Karl Vernay
Preceded by
René Rast
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Philipp Eng
Preceded by
James Calado
Alessandro Pier Guidi
World Endurance GT Drivers' Championship
Champion

2018-19
With: Michael Christensen
Succeeded by
Incumbent