Nikolai Fomenko

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Nikolai Fomenko
2012-03-05 Николай Фоменко 2.jpeg
Fomenko in 2012
Born Nikolai Vladimirovich Fomenko
(1962-04-30) 30 April 1962 (age 56)
Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Nationality Russian
Occupation motor racer, musician, comic actor
Spouse(s) Maria Golubkina

Nikolai Vladimirovich Fomenko (Russian: Николай Владимирович Фоменко, born 30 April 1962) is a Russian musician, comic actor, motor racer, former president of Marussia Motors and former engineering director of Marussia F1.

Music career[edit]

Fomenko started his career as vocalist and guitarist in the band Secret, who were very popular in Russia in the mid-1980s.

Acting career[edit]

Fomenko first started his acting career as a theater actor in the Theater of Youth Creativity (1974-1976).


Year Film Role
1983 Speed (Skorost') Student
1999 Luna Papa (Lunny Papa) Yassir
1999 The Sky with Diamonds (Nebo v Almazakh) Anton Chekhov
2000 Check (Chek) Brunet
2000 Old Hags (Starye Klyachi) businessman Vassily Khomenko
2003 The Suit (Shik) Botya
2003 Bedroom Key (Klyuch ot Spal'ni) Vakhlakov
2007 Model (Naturshchitsa)
2007 Gloss (Глянец)
2008 Radio Day (Den' Radio) As himself
2017 You All Infuriate Me Boris Dmitrievich

TV career[edit]

Fomenko performed in the popular Russian music collection series Staryye Pesni o Glavnom (Old songs about the important).

He hosted two seasons of a TV show The Interception and a season of the game-show The Weakest Link on Russia's Channel 5.

In 2009, he began hosting Top Gear Russia, the REN-TV spin-off of the BBC series Top Gear.

Car racing career[edit]

In 1994 Fomenko was invited by Vladislav Listyev to participate in a car racing show as a celebrity guest. Later he started to train as a professional racer and took his first victory in 1996.

FIA GT[edit]

Year Team Car Class Co-drivers Points Pos.
2000 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 58 N-GT Russia Alexey Vasilyev 0
2001 Freisinger Racing Porsche 996 GT3-R 59 N-GT Russia Alexey Vasilyev

United Kingdom Richard Kaye

2002 RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 77 N-GT Russia Alexey Vasilyev

Spain Antonio García
Spain Jesus Diez Villaroel

1 26
2003 RWS Yukos Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R 77 N-GT Russia Alexey Vasilyev

United Kingdom Adam Jones
France Stephane Daoudi

17 14
2004 Freisinger Yukos Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RSR 77 N-GT Russia Alexey Vasilyev 26 7
Cirtek Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS 73 United Kingdom Adam Jones

United Kingdom John Grant
United States Vic Rice

2005 Russian Age Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello 17; 18 GT1 Russia Alexey Vasilyev

France Christophe Bouchut
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
France Nicolas Minassian

5 19

Endurance races[edit]

Year Race Team Car Class Co-drivers Pos.
2003 24 Hours of Daytona RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GTS Russia Alexey Vasilyev, France Patrick Bourdais
Austria Walter Lechner Jr., Japan Tetsuya Tanaka
28 (9)
2004 24 Hours of Le Mans Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR LMGT Russia Alexey Vasilyev, France Patrick Bourdais DNF
2005 24 Hours of Le Mans Cirtek Motorsport/
Russian Age Racing/
Convers Team
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello LMGT1 Russia Alexey Vasilyev, France Christophe Bouchut 17 (5)

Car manufacturer[edit]

Fomenko is involved in the development and launching of the Marussia sports car.[1]

Formula One[edit]

In 2010 Marussia became a sponsor of Virgin Racing Formula One team. On 11 November 2010, Marussia acquired a controlling stake in the team.

On 2 February 2011 Fomenko was announced as Engineering Director of the Marussia Virgin Racing Formula One team.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Andrei Mironov's stepdaughter, actress Maria Golubkina, and has three children: daughters Anastasia and Ekaterina, and a son, Ivan.


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