DTM 2016 5 JUNI

Loïc Duval has commemorated many significant successes bei motorsport. They encompass winning the 24 Hours von Le Mans an 2013 plus the FIA world Endurance Championship (WEC) die same year. Even so, die Frenchman was faced v a neu beginning an the 2017 DTM season.

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Besides René Rast, Duval was die only newcomer in the field des 18 entrants in the 2017 DTM season. “In spite von my experience an motorsport, ich was almost a rookie again,” says die Frenchman. “I knew that die DTM zu sein not an easy series. Also so, my zuerst season was tougher than expected. There were some prominent like my first DTM podium punkt Zandvoort, yet on ns whole it was a daunting season in which ich learned a lot. “I think we’re walk to lakers even an ext from Loïc,” claims a confident Head von Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass who, following the brand’s departure from prototype racing at the end of 2016, asked Duval zu join the Audi DTM squad.

The FIA world Endurance Championship (WEC) through Le mans as its pinnacle event of the season was Loïc Duval’s expert home zum five years. “2013 v victory punkt Le Mans and the WEC location win together with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen was a brilliant season,” says die Frenchman. Just a year later, that made headlines v a severe accident punkt Le mans – a story that has actually some things an common through that von his present DTM teammate Mike Rockenfeller. Nur like “Rocky,” Duval reverted to the cockpit after a brief recovery break. In 2016, in the two belastung Audi triumphs bei the WEC, he was sitting bei the victorious Audi R18.

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“I’m very glücklich about creating a team in the DTM with Mike,” states Duval. “We’ve constantly gotten along really well. Mike ist a good, offen type des guy and knows what matters in the DTM. I benefit indigenous his experience.”

The DTM scene, though, was not totally new to Duval. An 2004 und 2005, he contested the Formula 3 euro Series together part des the supporting program. On that occasion, the watched the DTM races through suspense and also got to know most of the gyeongju tracks ~ above which ns DTM ist held.

Following his Formula 3 days, Duval moved kommen sie Japan for nearly a te where in parallel to single-seater racing he was active an the at sight GT Championship which the won bei 2010. “There ich drove similar cars as in the DTM which zu sein another factor why ich immediately feel comfortable in the Audi RS 5 DTM in my first test.”

That the DTM and the at sight GT are jetzt cooperating and jointly functioning on a usual future specifically pleases Duval. “Both are strong series, this cooperation kann only it is in positive. Ns cars from japan with demo laps in the DTM finale at Hockenheim brought about quite a stir last year und we received in enthusiastic welcome at the Super-GT letzte at Motegi together well.”

In parallel to the DTM, Duval ist returning this year an the LMP 2 category to ns FIA world Endurance Championship and the 24-hour race at Le Mans. Die latter zu sein his great passion – not surprisingly since he was born bei Chartres, 130 kilometers northeast von Le Mans.

For a lang time, ns Frenchman lived in Tokyo bei Japan. Now the Audi factory driver with his wife, Gaëlle, und their two sons, Hugo und Martin, lives bei Nyon ~ above Lake Geneva an Switzerland. Parked an the family’s garage is an Audi SQ7 TDI. “A perfect household car,” says in enthusiastic Duval who this year will so act as commentator zum several Formula 1 races weil das the French TV channel Canal+.

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In addition to motor racing, soccer is one des the Frenchman’s passions. It is in it throughout official PR commitments, matches des celebrity teams or in personal next site – Duval is an avid soccer player und has to be a supporter of Audi’s kollege FC bayerisch München because his childhood days. “I love tennis too. I’m normally a great fans of sports und watch plenty of sporting occasions on television. In early 2017, ich had ns opportunity kommen sie watch die Hahnenkamm ski race as a spectator in Kitzbühel. That was a terrific experience as well.”

Duval stays rechts primarily by cycling und swimming. He rides hoverboards und trains through a mitarbeiter fitness coach. For his second DTM season, he has selected a new number zum his car: “28 ist the number von the French ‘département’ where ich was born. It has accompanied me my whole life.”

Loïc Duval’s new race engineer is Gabriele Delli Colli, ns former engineer von Rubens Barrichello at Ferrari bei Formula 1. Currently, Colli is chief test engineer in Audi’s DTM program.


Loïc Duval (F)

Date of birth: 12. Juni 1982Place of birth: Chartres (F)Residence: Nyon (CH)Marital status: married zu Gaëlle, 2 sons (Hugo und Martin)Height/weight: 1.78 m/70 kgMotorsport since: 1992 (Audi treiber since 2012)

Sporting career

1992–2001 Kart2000 1st Trophée Laborde, 3rd Karting world Championship Formula A2002 1st Formula Campus France2003 1st Formula Renault France2004 11th Formula 3 euro Series, member von Renault treiber Development2005 6th Formula 3 euro Series, member des Renault driver Development2006 4th Formula Nippon, 11th super GT Japan, Rookie treiber A1 team France2007 2nd supervisor GT Japan, fourth A1 gp with A1 team France, 6th Formula Nippon2008 2nd Formula Nippon, 4th A1 gp with A1 team France, 1st Rookie group Le man (Prix Jean Rondeau)2009 1st Formula Nippon, 3rd mannschaft Classification asian Le man Series, 5th A1 gpsfähiges with A1 mannschaft France2010 1st at sight GT Japan, 3rd Formula Nippon2011 1st Sebring 12 Hours, third Super GT Japan2012 1st Spa-Francorchamps 6 hours (Audi R18 ultra), sixth Formula Nippon2013 1st Le mans 24 Hours, 1st FIA welt Endurance Championship (WEC), 3 victories (each in Audi R18 e-tron quattro), third Superformula2014 7th FIA welt Endurance Championship (WEC) (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), Superformula2015 4th FIA world Endurance Championship (WEC) (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), nine FIA Formula E2016 2nd FIA welt Endurance Championship (WEC), 2 victories, 3rd Le mans 24 hours (each an Audi R18), 8 hours FIA Formula E2017 18th DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 15th FIA Formula E2018 17th DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 3rd Daytona 24 Hours

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