Nicolas Lapierre (born 2 April 1984) is a French professional racing driver. He raced with Toyota and with Alpine Racing in the past seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is a two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, with overall victories in 2011 and 2018, and scored four LMP2 class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Career history

Early career

Born in Thonon-les-Bains, Lapierre started his career in 1993 in karting, finishing 3rd in the French championship in 1996, 6th in the European Championships in 1997 and reaching the finals of the European Junior Championship in 1998 before moving to French Formula Renault in 1999. He stayed there for 2000 and 2001, 2001 also seeing two races in Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup. He again raced in French Formula Renault in 2002, also driving a full season of 2000 Eurocup and some races of French Formula Three (most of them being in the main class, although he drove two races in the B-Class also).

2003 saw Lapierre move to Formula Three Euroseries with the Signature team and earn a win in the Macau Grand Prix. He stayed in the Euroseries for 2004, also driving two races of British Formula 3.

With his reputation increasing and his talent proven, Lapierre was rewarded for his Euroseries performances with a drive in GP2 Series for current champions Arden Motorsport. He partnered with Heikki Kovalainen.

Lapierre driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

GP2 & A1GP

During 2005 Lapierre drove for A1 Team France in the A1 Grand Prix series helping the team win the championship and therefore the World Cup of Motorsport. Lapierre won both the sprint and main race events in Germany and Australia, the main race in Dubai and the sprint in Indonesia.

During 2006 he continued with the Arden team in GP2, however his season was interrupted by a spectacular first corner crash in Monaco in which he was a victim of someone else's accident. Lapierre received two compressed vertebrae in the crash and missed the British round of the series. Despite this, his points score was higher than the previous season's tally.

Lapierre was dropped at the end of 2006 and has since signed to participate in a 3rd season of GP2 for the DAMS team, which finished 10th overall in the constructors' standings and runs the French A1 GP team, which won the first season of A1 Grand Prix.

Touring Cars

Lapierre was announced as a LADA driver for the remainder of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship in August 2015, replacing Jaap van Lagen at the Russian team.[1]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup LSP Racing ? 0 ? 0 0 12 20th
Formula Renault 2000 France 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 0 0 4 27th
Formula Renault 2000 France 11 0 0 1 0 65 8th
2002 French Formula 3 Championship Signature 4 0 0 0 0 15 13th
French Formula 3 Championship - Class B Optirace Sport 2 2 0 0 2 40 6th
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 8 0 1 2 3 120 3rd
Formula Renault 2000 France 3 0 0 1 1 24 9th
2003 Formula 3 Euroseries Signature Plus 20 0 1 0 1 33 11th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 19th
Macau Grand Prix Signature Team 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2004 Formula 3 Euroseries Opel Team Signature-Plus 20 3 2 2 7 85 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 31st
Formula 3 European Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
British Formula 3 International Series Opel Signature 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2005 GP2 Series Arden International 23 0 1 1 1 21 12th
2005-06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 11 6 2 4 7 172‡ 1st‡
2006 GP2 Series Arden International Ltd 18 0 0 1 3 32 9th
2006-07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 10 0 0 0 4 67‡ 4th‡
2007 GP2 Series DAMS 20 2 1 2 2 23 12th
24 Hours of Le Mans - GT1 Team Oreca 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
2007-08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team France 2 0 0 0 0 118‡ 4th‡
2008 Le Mans Series - LMP1 Team Oreca-Matmut 1 0 0 0 1 6 12th
2009 Le Mans Series - LMP1 Team Oreca Matmut - AIM 4 1 2 1 2 22 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
American Le Mans Series - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 18 17th
Asian Le Mans Series - LMP1 2 0 0 0 2 14 3rd
2010 Le Mans Series - LMP1 Team Oreca-Matmut 5 1 2 3 2 63 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2011 Le Mans Series - LMP1 Team Oreca-Matmut 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
American Le Mans Series - LMP1 2 1 0 0 2 0 NC†
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup - LMP1 4 1 0 0 2 47‡ 4th‡
Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro Am Graff Racing 1 0 0 0 0 9 20th
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 6 3 3 3 4 96 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 6 1 2 0 2 69.5 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
Blancpain Endurance Series Pro GT by Alméras 1 0 0 0 0 8 28th
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 4 2 1 0 4 96 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Blancpain Endurance Series ART Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 1 18 16th
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 KCMG 3 1 1 1 3 84 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Thiriet by TDS Racing 1 1 0 0 1 25 11th
Blancpain Endurance Series Von Ryan Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
World Touring Car Championship Lada Sport Rosneft 7 0 0 0 0 8 16th
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Signatech Alpine 9 4 2 0 7 199 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 1 3 2 4 76 4th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype 1 0 0 0 0 29 26th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Signatech Alpine Matmut 7 0 0 0 0 60 12th
Toyota Gazoo Racing 2 0 0 0 0
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Signatech Alpine Matmut 7 1 2 2 5 121 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP1 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 0 3 2 1 39 11th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype 1 0 0 0 0 21 39th
2018 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 DragonSpeed 6 0 1 1 2 50.5 7th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype Tequila Patrón ESM 3 1 0 0 1 63 32nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Signatech Alpine Matmut 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Signatech Alpine Matmut 8 2 1 0 8 181 1st
2019 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Signatech Alpine Matmut 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Cool Racing 6 0 1 1 2 44.5 10th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed 1 0 1 1 1 30 13th
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Cool Racing 7 1 2 0 2 103 9th
2020 24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Cool Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 5 0 0 0 0 28.5 8th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 Tower Motorsport By Starworks 1 0 0 1 0 0 NC†
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - Hypercar Alpine Elf Matmut 6 0 1 1 6 128 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - Hypercar 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 3rd
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Cool Racing 6 0 2 2 0 25 15th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports 2 1 2 0 1 0 NC†
2022 FIA World Endurance Championship - Hypercar Alpine Elf Team 3 1 1 0 2 81 1st*
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports 1 0 1 0 0 0 *
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 Cool Racing 2 0 0 0 1 25 3rd*

† Guest Driver ineligible for points ‡ Teams Standings * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Signature Plus Dallara F302/043 Sodemo HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
ADR
1

6
ADR
2

11
PAU
1

DSQ
PAU
2

15
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

6
LMS
1

13
LMS
2

5
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

Ret
A1R
1

16
A1R
2

10
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

9
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

7
MAG
1

5
MAG
2

6
11th 33
2004 Opel Team Signature-Plus Dallara F304/004 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

8
HOC
2

Ret
EST
1

3
EST
2

3
ADR
1

14
ADR
1

4
PAU
1

2
PAU
2

1
NOR
1

15
NOR
1

5
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

4
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

6
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

4
BRN
1

9
BRN
2

Ret
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
3rd 85

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(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 DC Points
2005–06 France GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR

1
GER
FEA

1
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR

1
AUS
FEA

1
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR

7
UAE
FEA

1
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR

1
IDN
FEA

8
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR

2
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA

6
1st 172
2006–07 NED
SPR

3
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

3
CZE
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

17
CHN
FEA

4
MYS
SPR

6
MYS
FEA

3
IDN
SPR

7
IDN
FEA

3
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
SPR
4th 67
2007–08 NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR

6
CZE
FEA

5
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
4th 118

Complete GP2 Series results

(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 Arden International IMO
FEA

DNS
IMO
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

9
MON
FEA

Ret
NÜR
FEA

12
NÜR
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA

3
MAG
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

9
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

6
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

13
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

23†
BHR
FEA

6
BHR
SPR

20
12th 21
2006 Arden International Ltd VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

3
IMO
FEA

3
IMO
SPR

7
NÜR
FEA

5
NÜR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
HOC
FEA

20
HOC
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

14
IST
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

4
9th 32
2007 DAMS BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

DNS
MON
FEA

Ret
MAG
FEA

8
MAG
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

DNS
NÜR
FEA

9
NÜR
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

14
IST
FEA

15
IST
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

10
MNZ
SPR

17†
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

21
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

21
12th 23

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 France Team Oreca Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
France Soheil Ayari
Saleen S7-R GT1 318 16th 9th
2009 France Team Oreca-Matmut AIM France Olivier Panis
France Soheil Ayari
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 370 5th 5th
2010 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 373 DNF DNF
2011 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 339 5th 5th
2012 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 134 DNF DNF
2013 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1 341 4th 4th
2014 Japan Toyota Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H 374 3rd 3rd
2015 Hong Kong KCMG United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 358 9th 1st
2016 France Signatech Alpine United States Gustavo Menezes
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi
Alpine A460-Nissan LMP2 357 5th 1st
2017 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina José María López
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 160 DNF DNF
2018 France Signatech Alpine Matmut Brazil André Negrão
France Pierre Thiriet
Alpine A470-Gibson LMP2 367 5th 1st
2019 France Signatech Alpine Matmut Brazil André Negrão
France Pierre Thiriet
Alpine A470-Gibson LMP2 368 6th 1st
2020 Switzerland Cool Racing Switzerland Antonin Borga
Switzerland Alexandre Coigny
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 365 12th 8th
2021 France Alpine Elf Matmut Brazil André Negrão
France Matthieu Vaxivière
Alpine A480-Gibson LMH 367 3rd 3rd
2022 France Alpine Elf Team Brazil André Negrão
France Matthieu Vaxivière
Alpine A480-Gibson LMH 362 23rd 5th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB SPA LMS
Ret
SIL
2
SÃO
1
BHR
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
3rd 96
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
4
SPA
Ret
LMS
4
SÃO COA FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
Ret
4th 69.5
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
3
COA
3
FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 6th 96
2015 KCMG LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA
3
LMS
1
NÜR COA
2
FUJ SHA BHR 5th 84
2016 Signatech-Alpine LMP2 Alpine A460 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
4
SPA
1
LMS
1
NÜR
1
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
3
SHA
4
BHR
3
1st 199
2017 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
4
NÜR
3
MEX
2
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
2
BHR
4
6th 121
Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 SPA
5
LMS
Ret
12th 60
2018–19 Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 Alpine A470 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
3
FUJ
3
SHA
3
SEB
2
SPA
2
LMS
1
1st 181
2019–20 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
1
FUJ
5
SHA
Ret
BHR
6
COA
4
SPA
2
LMS
4
BHR 9th 103
2021 Alpine Elf Matmut Hypercar Alpine A480 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SPA
2
ALG
3
MNZ
2
LMS
3
BHR
3
BHR
3
3rd 128
2022 Alpine Elf Team Hypercar Alpine A480 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SEB
1
SPA
2
LMS
4
MNZ
FUJ
BHR
1st* 81*

* Season still in progress.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2015 Lada Sport Rosneft Lada Vesta WTCC ARG
1
ARG
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
GER
1
GER
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
POR
1
POR
2
JPN
1

11
JPN
2

8
CHN
1

DSQ
CHN
2

9
THA
1

Ret
THA
2

DNS
QAT
1

10
QAT
2

10
16th 8

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2015 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC EST
1
11th 25
2016 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
3
RBR
Ret
LEC
3
SPA
1
EST
2
4th 76
2017 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
10
MNZ
2
RBR
Ret
LEC
7
SPA
5
ALG
9
11th 40
2018 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
Ret
MNZ
4
RBR
5
SIL
2
SPA
2‡
ALG
13
7th 50.5
2019 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
7
MNZ
8
CAT
3
SIL
Ret
SPA
2
ALG
14
10th 44.5
2020 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
4
SPA
10
LEC
12
MNZ
4
ALG
9
8th 28.5
2021 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 CAT
10
RBR
10
LEC
12
MNZ
12
SPA
4
ALG
6
15th 25
2022 Cool Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
5
IMO
3
MNZ
8
CAT
SPA
ALG
5th* 29*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

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

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2016 DragonSpeed P Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 DAY SEB
4
LBH LGA DET WGL MOS ELK COA PET 26th 29
2017 DragonSpeed P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH COA DET WGL MOS ROA LAG PET 39th 21
2018 Tequila Patrón ESM P Nissan Onroak DPi Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6 DAY
18
SEB
1
LBH MDO DET WGL
16
MOS ELK LGA PET 32nd 63
2019 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB MDO WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 13th 30
2020 Tower Motorsport By Starworks LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
4†
SEB ELK ATL
PET
LGA
SEB
NC† 0†
2021 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
7†
SEB WGL WGL ELK LGA PET NC† 0†
2022 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
4†
SEB
LGA
MDO
WGL
ELK
PET
-* 0*

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship. * Season still in progress.

References

  1. ^ Abbott, Andrew (28 August 2015). "LADA sign Nicolas Lapierre to complete season". TouringCars.Net. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Inaugural
A1 Grand Prix
Champion
(Team France)

2005-06
With: Alexandre Prémat
Succeeded by
Preceded by FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
2016
With: Stephane Richelmi & Gustavo Menezes
Succeeded by
Preceded by FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
2018-19
With: André Negrão & Pierre Thiriet
Succeeded by