David Besnard, (born 21 January 1977 in Sydney, Australia) is a retired professional racing driver.

Career history

Starting in karts in 1991, he quickly proceeded into Formula Ford in 1995. After initial success, he had a major accident at Eastern Creek Raceway and broke his leg. In 1996 he made a comeback and won the Australian title.[1] He made a venture to the United States, with a small budget, and limited success. In 1998, he returned to win the U.S F2000 National Championship. 1999, saw David enter the US Formula Atlantic Championship. After a heavy crash at Nazareth Speedway, the team had to buy a new chassis and ran out of budget halfway through the season. 2000 saw Besnard again in the United States, running various Sports Car races, until Stone Brothers Racing picked him up for the Konica V8 Supercar Series and the Bathurst 1000. From there he drove with Stone Brothers for several seasons, with the highlight being winning the 2002 Queensland 500 with Simon Wills. He raced with Ford Performance Racing for one season in 2003, and WPS Racing for three seasons following that.

In 2004, with his links with WPS, a drive in the Champ Car World Series came about at Surfers Paradise. His finishing position of seventh is still the highest finish for an Australian at that event (but bettered by Ryan Briscoe's 2008 IRL win after the CCWS collapsed). After being dropped by WPS in 2006 Besnard has been racing in the New Zealand Touring Car Championship, picking up an endurance race co-driver role with Stone Brothers Racing in 2007, paired with James Courtney, which resulted in a second place at Bathurst.

Motorsports career results

Career summary

Besnard placed eighth in the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series driving a Ford Falcon AU. The car is pictured in 2018.
Season Series Position Car Team
1992 European Junior Kart Championship 1st
1995 Australian Formula Ford Championship 26th Van Diemen RF90Ford David Besnard
1996 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF96Ford David Besnard
1998 United States Formula Ford 2000 Championship 1st Van Diemen RF98 - Ford Van Diemen USA
GrandAm Sportscar Series 43rd Riley & Scott - Ford Transatlantic Racing
1999 United States Formula Atlantic Series 15th Swift 008.a - Toyota Hylton Motorsports
2000 GrandAm Sportscar Series 83rd Riley & Scott - Lincoln Dyson Racing
Konica V8 Lites Series 5th Ford EL Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
Shell Championship Series 40th Ford AU Falcon
2001 Shell Championship Series 23rd Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Ford AU Falcon
Ford BA Falcon
Ford Performance Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 30th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
Champ Car World Series 20th Reynard 03i Ford Cosworth Walker Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 45th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2006/07 New Zealand Touring Car Championship 4th Ford BA Falcon
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 27th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 30th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 33rd Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 47th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 30th Ford BF Falcon Peters Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 76th Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 49th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing

GrandAm Championship

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
1998 Transatlantic Racing Riley & Scott - Ford CA D24 HOM MID MIN WGL
5
43rd 26
2000 Dyson Racing Riley & Scott - Lincoln SA D24 PHX HOM
9
LRK MID DAY RAM CTR WGL 83rd 22

Complete American open-wheel racing results

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Atlantic Championship

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points Ref
1999 Hylton Motorsports LBH
7
NAZ
11
GAT MIL MTL
7
ROA TRR MDO CHI VAN LS HOU 15th 16 [2]

Champ Car World Series

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2004 Walker Racing Reynard 02i Ford XFE V8t LBH MTY MIL POR CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LS LVS SRF
7
MXC 20th 18

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Car# Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2000 9 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Tony Longhurst DNF 151
2001 9 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Matthew White DNF 84
2002 5 Glenn Seton Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Glenn Seton
Australia Owen Kelly
DNF 102
9 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Wayne Gardner DNS
2003 19 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia Owen Kelly DNF 115
2004 23 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon New Zealand John McIntyre DNF 99
2005 48 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon New Zealand Craig Baird 8th 158
2006 8 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon Brazil Max Wilson 14th 160
2007 4 Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon Australia James Courtney 2nd 161
2008 4 Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon Australia James Courtney 3rd 161
2009 33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Greg Ritter 9th 161
2010 33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Lee Holdsworth 7th 161
2011 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Steven Johnson DNF 112
2012 14 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 23rd 147

‡ Besnard replaced Kelly due to illness

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 1996 Australian Formula Ford Pointscore
  2. ^ "1999 KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship". ChampCarStats.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015.

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