Christian Ried (born 24 February 1979) is a German racing driver who currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.[1]

Career

Ried's father Gerold founded Proton Competition in 1996,[2] the team which Christian has spent most of his career racing for, beginning with the FIA GT Championship in 1999. As of 2021, Christian was team owner, facilitating the team's move to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship alongside WeatherTech Racing in 2021.[3] Ried ran his first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2006, driving in the GT2 class for Sebah Automotive Ltd.[4] He returned in 2011, driving for Proton Competition, and scored his first podium in 2014, finishing second in the GTE Am class.[5] Four years later, Ried collected his first victory at the famous race, winning the GTE Am class alongside co-drivers Matt Campbell and Julien Andlauer.[6] Two years later, Ried finished runner-up once again, this time with Riccardo Pera replacing Andlauer in the driver lineup.[7] That same year, Ried won the European Le Mans Series championship in the GTE class on countback, after ending level on points with Kessel Racing.[8]

In 2017 and 2018, Ried won the Porsche Cup, an award handed out to a non-factory driver who has most successfully piloted a Porsche over the course of the season.[9][10]

Ried is the only driver to have competed in every race of the first decade of the FIA World Endurance Championship, spanning from 2012 to 2022.[11] His streak is still active as of the 2023 season.

Personal Life

His son Jonas, is currently competing in Formula 4.[12]

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1996 Global GT Championship Proton Competition 10 0 0 0 0 6 126th
1999 FIA GT Championship - GT Proton Competition 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2000 FIA GT Championship - GT Proton Competition 9 0 0 0 0 0 NC
American Le Mans Series - GTS 1 0 0 0 0 22 29th
2001 FIA GT Championship - GT Proton Competition 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Grand American Rolex Series - GTS 1 0 0 0 0 26 42nd
2002 FIA GT Championship - GT Proton Competition 6 0 0 0 0 1 35th
2003 FIA GT Championship - GT Proton Competition 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA GT Championship - N-GT Proton Competition 7 0 0 0 0 1 45th
2004 FIA GT Championship - N-GT Proton Competition 11 0 0 0 1 44 5th
2005 FIA GT Championship - GT2 Proton Competition 10 0 0 0 1 44 5th
2006 FIA GT Championship - GT2 Team Felbermayr-Proton 10 0 0 0 0 25.5 11th
24 Hours of Le Mans - GT2 Sebah Automotive Ltd. 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2007 Le Mans Series - GT2 Team Felbermayr-Proton 6 0 0 0 0 10 13th
2008 Le Mans Series - GT2 Team Felbermayr-Proton 5 0 0 0 1 10 14th
24H Series - A6 Proton Competition 1 0 0 0 0 0 30th
2009 Asian Le Mans Series - GT2 Team Felbermayr-Proton 2 0 0 0 1 13 3rd
Le Mans Series - GT2 5 0 0 0 0 5 16th
2010 Le Mans Series - GT2 Team Felbermayr-Proton 5 0 0 0 1 55 3rd
2011 Le Mans Series - LMGTE Am Team Felbermayr-Proton 5 1 0 0 2 35 5th
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup - LMGTE Am Proton Competition 7 1 0 0 2 N/A N/A
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
American Le Mans Series - GT 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Team Felbermayr-Proton 8 3 0 0 7 5.5 38th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Proton Competition 8 0 0 0 2 76.5 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE 5 2 0 0 3 80 2nd
French GT Championship Autorlando 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Proton Competition 8 0 0 0 2 121 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
French GT Championship Team Martinet - Alméras 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing 7 0 0 0 1 79 8th
Dempsey-Proton Racing 1 0 0 0 1
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Proton Competition 5 0 0 0 1 55 6th
2015–16 Asian Le Mans Series - GT KCMG 2 2 0 0 2 52 2nd
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am KCMG 9 0 0 0 5 121 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
European Le Mans Series - GTE Proton Competition 6 0 0 0 1 60 7th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 9 2 0 0 6 168 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Proton Competition 6 1 0 0 2 80 3rd
2018 European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Proton Competition 6 1 0 0 2 83 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 8 5 0 0 5 110 2nd
2019 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Am 6 1 0 0 3 76 2nd
2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 8 0 0 0 2 107.5 5th
2020 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE 5 2 0 0 4 99 1st
24H GT Series - GTX Proton Competition 0 0 0 0 0 0 7th
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 6 0 0 0 2 79 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Proton Competition 6 0 0 0 1 57 7th
2022 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing 6 2 1 0 2 83 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMGTE Am 1 0 1 0 0 N/A 14th
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE Proton Competition 6 2 0 0 3 82 1st

† As Ried was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.

Complete Intercontinental Le Mans Cup results

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

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Rank Points
2011 Proton Competition LMGTE Am Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SEB
2
SPA
4
LMS
Ret
IMO
DSQ
SIL
2
PET
Ret
ZHU
1

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

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

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Team Felbermayr-Proton LMGTE Am Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SEB
1
SPA
1
LMS
Ret
SIL
2
SÃO
1
BHR
1
FUJ
3
SHA
2
38th 5.5
2013 Proton Competition LMGTE Am Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
5
SPA
5
LMS
5
SÃO
3
COA
5
FUJ
3
SHA
4
BHR
Ret
6th 76.5
2014 Proton Competition LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
4
SPA
4
LMS
2
COA
3
FUJ
4
SHA
5
BHR
4
SÃO
4
4th 121
2015 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
5
SPA
4
LMS
Ret
NÜR
6
COA
2
FUJ
5
SHA
7
8th 79
Dempsey-Proton Racing BHR
3
2016 KCMG LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
4
SPA
4
LMS
6
NÜR
DSQ
MEX
3
COA
2
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
2
5th 121
2017 Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
3
SPA
2
LMS
3
NÜR
1
MEX
1
COA
4
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
4
2nd 168
2018–19 Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SPA
4
LMS
1
SIL
1
FUJ
DSQ
SHA
1
SEB
1
SPA
1
LMS
2
2nd 110
2019–20 Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SIL
5
FUJ
5
SHA
11
BHR
6
COA
5
SPA
2
LMS
2
BHR
7
5th 107.5
2021 Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR-19 Porsche 4.0L Flat-6 SPA
Ret
POR
Ret
MON
5
LMS
4
BHR
2
BHR
2
3rd 79
2022 Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR-19 Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6 SEB
4
SPA
1
LMS
8
MON
1
FUJ
Ret
BHR
8
6th 83
2023 Dempsey-Proton LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR-19 Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6 SEB PRT SPA LMS MNZ FUJ BHR * *

* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 United Kingdom Sebah Automotive Ltd. France Xavier Pompidou
Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 256 DNF DNF
2011 Germany Proton Competition Austria Horst Felbermayr
Austria Horst Felbermayr Jr.
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Am
199 DNF DNF
2012 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Italy Gianluca Roda
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
Am
222 DNF DNF
2013 Germany Proton Competition Italy Gianluca Roda
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Porsche 997 GTE-RSR GTE
Am
300 35th 8th
2014 Germany Proton Competition United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Austria Klaus Bachler
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
300 21st 2nd
2015 Germany Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Austria Klaus Bachler
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
44 DNF DNF
2016 Hong Kong KCMG Switzerland Joël Camathias
Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
300 41st 10th
2017 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing Italy Matteo Cairoli
Germany Marvin Dienst
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
329 34th 6th
2018 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing France Julien Andlauer
Australia Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
335 25th 1st
2019 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing France Julien Andlauer
Australia Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
332 34th 4th
2020 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing Australia Matt Campbell
Italy Riccardo Pera
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
339 25th 2nd
2021 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing Australia Matt Campbell
New Zealand Jaxon Evans
Porsche 911 RSR-19 GTE
Am
335 31st 5th
2022 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing United Kingdom Sebastian Priaulx
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Porsche 911 RSR-19 GTE
Am
336 47th 14th

References

  1. ^ "Christian Ried - FIA World Endurance Championship". fiawec.com. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. ^ "History - Proton Competition". proton-competition.com (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Porsche to Have Presence in IMSA GTLM Class, After All". autoweek.com. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Driver Christian Ried Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Porsche 911 RSR finishes 24-hour marathon at Le Mans in third". us.motorsport.com. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Porsche celebrates double victory at Le Mans 24-hour marathon". newsroom.porsche.com. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Porsche customer team Dempsey-Proton Racing on the podium at Le Mans". newsroom.porsche.com. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  8. ^ "G-Drive Wins Portimao Season Finale as Class Titles Decided". sportscar365.com. 1 November 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Ried Wins Porsche Cup". sportscar365.com. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Ried Wins Porsche Cup for Second Straight Year". sportscar365.com. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Celebrating WEC's Ever-Present – Christian Ried!". FIA World Endurance Championship. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Jonas Ried wants to "make a name for himself" in motorsport". ADAC. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
Sporting positions
Preceded by European Le Mans Series
LMGTE Champion

2020
With: Alessio Picariello & Michele Beretta
Succeeded by
Preceded by European Le Mans Series
LMGTE Champion

2022
With: Gianmaria Bruni & Lorenzo Ferrari
Succeeded by
Incumbent