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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 CIK-FIA Karting European 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

(key)

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

Supercars Championship results

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

Supercars results
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 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 Position Points
2000 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1
PHI
R2
BAR
R3
BAR
R4
BAR
R5
ADE
R6
ADE
R7
EAS
R8
EAS
R9
EAS
R10
HDV
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
CAN
R14
CAN
R15
CAN
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
WIN
R20
WIN
R21
WIN
R22
ORA
R23
ORA
R24
ORA
R25
CAL
R26
CAL
R27
CAL
R28
QLD
R29

8
SAN
R30
SAN
R31
SAN
R32
BAT
R33

Ret
40th 96
2001 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1

PHI
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

EAS
R5

EAS
R6

HDV
R7

HDV
R8

HDV
R9

CAN
R10

CAN
R11

CAN
R12

BAR
R13

BAR
R14

BAR
R15

CAL
R16

CAL
R17

CAL
R18

ORA
R19

ORA
R20

QLD
R21

WIN
R22

WIN
R23

BAT
R24

PUK
R25

PUK
R26

PUK
R27

SAN
R28

SAN
R29

SAN
R30

23rd 1153
2002 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PHI
R3
PHI
R4
EAS
R5

EAS
R6

EAS
R7

HDV
R8

HDV
R9

HDV
R10

CAN
R11

CAN
R12

CAN
R13

BAR
R14

BAR
R15

BAR
R16

ORA
R17

ORA
R18

WIN
R19

WIN
R20

QLD
R21

BAT
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

PUK
R25

PUK
R26

PUK
R27

SAN
R28

SAN
R29

8th 988
2003 Ford Performance Racing Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R1

Ret
PHI
R3

Ret
EAS
R4

13
WIN
R5

24
BAR
R6

20
BAR
R7

20
BAR
R8

Ret
HDV
R9

24
HDV
R10

18
HDV
R11

28
QLD
R12

11
ORA
R13

13
SAN
R14

8
BAT
R15

Ret
SUR
R16

7
SUR
R17

Ret
PUK
R18

25
PUK
R19

15
PUK
R20

Ret
EAS
R21

28
EAS
R22

11
21st 1059
2004 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

18
ADE
R2

14
EAS
R3

17
PUK
R4

23
PUK
R5

23
PUK
R6

25
HDV
R7

19
HDV
R8

28
HDV
R9

Ret
BAR
R10

Ret
BAR
R11

Ret
BAR
R12

22
QLD
R13

19
WIN
R14

Ret
ORA
R15

26
ORA
R16

30
SAN
R17

16
BAT
R18

Ret
SUR
R19

SUR
R20

SYM
R21

8
SYM
R22

29
SYM
R23

1
EAS
R24

4
EAS
R25

20
EAS
R26

21
30th 790
2005 Perkins Engineering Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PUK
R3
PUK
R4
PUK
R5
BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

EAS
R9

EAS
R10

SHA
R11
SHA
R12
SHA
R13

HDV
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

QLD
R17

ORA
R18

ORA
R19

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

SYM
R25

SYM
R26

SYM
R27

PHI
R28

PHI
R29

PHI
R30

7th 1669
2006 Perkins Engineering Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PUK
R3

PUK
R4

PUK
R5

BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

ORA
R18

ORA
R19

ORA
R20

SAN
R21

BAT
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

SUR
R25

SYM
R26

SYM
R27

SYM
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

7th 2740
2007 Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

BAR
R3

BAR
R4

BAR
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

EAS
R12

EAS
R13

EAS
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

ORA
R21

ORA
R22

ORA
R23

SAN
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

PHI
R35

PHI
R36

PHI
R37

7th 380
2008 Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

EAS
R3

EAS
R4

EAS
R5

HAM
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

BAR
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

SAN
R12

SAN
R13

SAN
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

WIN
R21

WIN
R22

WIN
R23

PHI
Q

PHI
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

ORA
R35

ORA
R36

ORA
R37

8th 2416
2009 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

HAM
R3

HAM
R4

WIN
R5

WIN
R6

SYM
R7

SYM
R8

HDV
R9

HDV
R10

TOW
R11

TOW
R12

SAN
R13

SAN
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

PHI
Q

5
PHI
R17

13
BAT
R18

9
SUR
R19

SUR
R20

SUR
R21

SUR
R22

PHI
R23

PHI
R24

BAR
R25

BAR
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

13th 1780
2010 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
R17

Ret
BAT
R18

7
SUR
R19

SUR
R20

SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

47th 233
2011 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

BAR
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HID
R12

HID
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

26
BAT
R20

Ret
SUR
R21

SUR
R22

SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

76th 66
2012 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
QR

23
SAN
R20

15
BAT
R21

23
SUR
R22
SUR
R23
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
49th 181

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. ^ "Formula Ford - About - Records and Statistics". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 1996 Australian Formula Ford Pointscore
  2. ^ "1999 KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship". ChampCarStats.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jordi Suralles
CIK-FIA Karting European Championship
Champion

1992
Succeeded by
Preceded by Australian Formula Ford Championship
Champion

1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by United States Formula Ford 2000 Championship
Champion

1998
Succeeded by