Olivier Pla

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Olivier Pla
Olivier Pla Le Mans drivers parade 2011 crop.jpg
Pla at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans driver parade
NationalityFrench
Born (1981-10-22) 22 October 1981 (age 37)
Toulouse (France)
Le Mans Series (LMP2) career
Debut season2008
Current teamQuifel ASM Team
Starts10
Wins2
Poles3
Fastest laps5
Best finish1st in 2009
Previous series
2007
200507
2004
2003
2001–02
2000
Porsche Cup Germany
GP2 Series
World Series by Nissan
Formula 3 Euro Series
French Formula Three
Formula Campus
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20082016
TeamsOAK Racing, Quifel ASM Team
Best finish8th (2013)

Olivier Pla (born 22 October 1981) is a professional racing driver from France.

Career[edit]

French Formula Campus & Formula Three[edit]

Born in Toulouse, Pla started his career in 2000 in French Formula Campus before moving on to French Formula Three Championship in 2001 with the Saulnier Racing team. He finished eighth in the series standings, taking nine points-scoring positions in eleven races, including a podium in the penultimate race of the season at Magny-Cours.[1]

In 2002, Pla stayed in the series but switched to the ASM team. He finished third, behind Renaud Derlot and Tristan Gommendy, taking nine podium places from fourteen races, including wins at Croix-en-Ternois and Bugatti Circuit.[2]

In 2003, Pla joined the Formula 3 Euro Series with ASM. He finished third, behind Christian Klien and Ryan Briscoe, taking nine podium places from twenty races.[3]

World Series by Nissan[edit]

2004 saw Pla leave the Euroseries, joining the World Series by Nissan. He contested two rounds with RC Motorsport before joining Carlin Motorsport to replace Michael Keohane. He finished ninth, taking thirteen points-scoring positions in eighteen races, including a win at Estoril.[4]

GP2 Series[edit]

In 2005 he raced in the inaugural GP2 Series season for David Price Racing. In the early part of the season he stalled on the grid several times — some blamed the GP2 cars for the high number of stallings, while others noticed that the same drivers seemed to be affected regularly. In another race his team mate selected reverse instead of first gear and went backwards into Olivier's car. However, he took advantage of the reverse grid system to finish eighth in Race One and thus take pole for Race Two twice (at Hockenheim and Silverstone), winning both those races to finish 11th in the championship. He remained with DPR for 2006, but was dropped mid-season after running out of sponsorship, after a difficult period which saw him score no points and injure his hand in Monaco.

In 2007, he competed in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. However, he was recalled to DPR in the latter stages of the GP2 season to replace the injured Christian Bakkerud. In 2008, he moved to sports car racing, driving a Lola Le Mans Prototype in the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 Formula Renault Campus France Formula Campus ? ? ? ? ? 391 3rd
2001 French Formula Three Championship Saulnier Racing 11 0 0 0 1 74 8th
2002 French Formula Three Championship ASM 14 2 3 1 9 159 3rd
FIA European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Korea Super Prix 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2003 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM 20 0 3 0 8 74 3rd
2004 World Series by Nissan RC Motorsport 18 1 0 0 1 56 9th
Carlin Motorsport
2005 GP2 Series David Price Racing 22 2 0 1 2 20 13th
2006 GP2 Series DPR Direxiv 9 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany MRS-Team 9 0 1 0 0 34 15th
GP2 Series David Price Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 35th
2008 Le Mans Series — LMP2 Quifel ASM Team 5 0 0 0 1 12 8th
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
American Le Mans Series Team LNT 1 0 0 0 0 20 14th
2009 Le Mans Series — LMP2 Quifel ASM Team 5 2 3 5 3 33 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2013 World Endurance Championship - LMP2 OAK Racing 8 0 1 0 5 132.5 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans — LMP2 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd

Complete GP2 Series 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 23 DC Points
2005 David Price Racing IMO
FEA

9
IMO
SPR

5
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

9
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

8
MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

9
SIL
FEA

8
SIL
SPR

1
HOC
FEA

8
HOC
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

9
IST
SPR

17
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

11
SPA
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

DNS
13th 20
2006 DPR Direxiv VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

15
IMO
FEA

Ret
IMO
SPR

Ret
NÜR
FEA

15
NÜR
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

DSQ
CAT
SPR

20
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA

16
MAG
SPR

9
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
27th 0
2007 David Price Racing BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

13
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
35th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 325 20th 4th
2009 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 46 DNF DNF
2010 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 318 20th 7th
2011 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Zytek 09SC LMP1 48 DNF DNF
2012 France OAK Racing France Jacques Nicolet
France Matthieu Lahaye
Morgan LMP2-Judd LMP2 139 DNF DNF
2013 France OAK Racing Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 328 8th 2nd
2014 Russia G-Drive Racing Russia Roman Rusinov
France Julien Canal
Morgan LMP2-Nissan LMP2 120 DNF DNF
2015 Japan Nissan Motorsports United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough
United Kingdom Max Chilton
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 234 DNF DNF
2016 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK United States Billy Johnson
Germany Stefan Mücke
Ford GT GTE
Pro
339 21st 4th
2017 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK United States Billy Johnson
Germany Stefan Mücke
Ford GT GTE
Pro
332 27th 10th
2018 United States Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK United States Billy Johnson
Germany Stefan Mücke
Ford GT GTE
Pro
340 21st 6th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Pts
2012 OAK Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 SEB
2
SPA
5
LMS
Ret
20th 18.5
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
6
SÃO
3
BHR
6
FUJ
3
SHA
3
2013 OAK Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
2
SPA
2
LMS
2
SÃO
6
COA
6
FUJ
3
SHA
2
BHR
2
2nd 132.5
2014 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
Ret
2nd 137
Ligier JS P2 COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
3
SÃO
Ret
2015 Nissan Motorsports LMP1 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6 SIL SPA LMS
Ret
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 34th 0
2016 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro Ford GT Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6 SIL
5
SPA
Ret
LMS
1
NÜR
4
MEX
11
COA
13
FUJ
2
SHA
2
BHR
6
4th 118
2017 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro Ford GT Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6 SIL
4
SPA
3
LMS
6
NÜR
6
MEX
7
COA
8
FUJ
4
SHA
4
BHR
5
8th 95
2018–19 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro Ford GT Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6 SPA
1
LMS
3
SIL
6
FUJ
6
SHA
SEB
SPA
LMS
2nd* 65*

* Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
2014 OAK Racing P Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8 DAY
6
SEB
4
LBH
4
LAG DET
3
WGL MOS
1
IMS ROA
11
COA PET 21st 172
2015 Krohn Racing P Ligier JS P2 Judd HK 3.6 V8 DAY
13
SEB
6
LBH LAG DET WGL MOS ROA COA PET 20th 45
2016 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian P Ligier JS P2 Honda HR35TT 3.5 V6 Turbo DAY
11
SEB
7
LBH LAG DET WGL
3
MOS ROA COA PET
1
13th 113
2017 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GTLM Ford GT Ford 3.5 EcoBoost V6 DAY
7
SEB
5
LBH COA WGL MOS LIM ROA VIR LAG PET 20th 50
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports P Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 V8 DAY SEB LBH COA DET WGL
4
MOS ROA
7
LAG
7
PET
10
16th 99
2018 Tequila Patrón ESM P Nissan Onroak DPi Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 Turbo V6 DAY
19
SEB
16
LBH MDO DET WGL MOS ROA LAG PET 36th* 27*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 French Formula 3 Championship". speedsport-magazine.com. Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  2. ^ "2002 French Formula 3 Championship". speedsport-magazine.com. Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  3. ^ "2003 Formula 3 Euro Series". speedsport-magazine.com. Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  4. ^ "2004 Formula Nissan V6 World Series". speedsport-magazine.com. Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-26.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonathan Cochet
Korea Super Prix
Winner

2002
Succeeded by
Richard Antinucci
Preceded by
Jos Verstappen
Le Mans Series — LMP2 Champion
2009
With Miguel Amaral
Succeeded by
Thomas Erdos
Mike Newton