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Team Cool Racing – ELMS

Riders

Nicolas Lapierre
Born on 2 April 1984 in Thonon-les-Bains, France.

After cutting his teeth in karting, Nicolas Lapierre made a name for himself shortly after switching to single-seater racing in 2000. In 2002, he finished third in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, before winning on the streets of Macau in 2003 at the famous F3 Grand Prix. His single-seater career equally saw him win the A1 GP (2006) championship and claim two GP2 race wins (2007). It was also in 2007 that he made his debut at Le Mans, where he immediately fell in love with Endurance racing. Specialised in the discipline since then, he was part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing works team for three seasons (2012-2014), backed at the time by TotalEnergies, winning a few of the most prestigious races (12 Hours of Sebring in 2011 and 2018) and becoming something of an authority at the world's greatest endurance race. Indeed, he finished third overall at Le Mans in 2014 but has also won the LMP2 class on four occasions (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019), including three with the ELF brand.

In 2022, Nicolas Lapierre is under the spotlights since he is racing for the ELF-backed Alpine team in the WEC and in the European Le Mans Series for his own structure, Cool Racing, backed by ELF.

COMPETITIVE RECORD

  • 2021: Third in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship
  • 2016 and 2018: Two-time winner of the FIA LMP2 Endurance Trophy
  • 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019: Four-time LMP2 class winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 2014: Third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 2012: Third in the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC)
  • 2006: A1GP Champion
  • 2003: Winner of the Macao F3 GP

Yifei Ye
Born on 16 June 2000 in Xi’ian, China.

After starting off in karting, which gave him the opportunity to race in Europe, the Chinese driver made a name for himself by winning the French F4 championship in 2016. Yifei then continued his rapid progress in Formula Renault 2.0, notably finishing third in the 2018 Eurocup. His performances in the series led to him joining the Renault Sport Academy and competing in the FIA Formula 3 championship in 2019. Unfortunately, the season didn't go quite as planned and he lost the support of the French manufacturer. He bounced back in 2020 by winning the Euroformula Open championship, before making a successful switch to Endurance. In 2021 he topped the LMP2 class in both the Asian Le Mans Series and the European Le Mans Series. He should also have finished first in the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was deprived of victory by a mechanical failure on the last lap. He was nevertheless handed a works drive for Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific. He can therefore be regarded as a very significant addition to Cool Racing’s driver line-up.

COMPETITIVE RECORD

  • 2021: LMP2 class winner of the ELMS and ALMS
  • 2020: Winner of the Euroformula Open championship
  • 2016: French F4 Champion

Niklas Krütten

Born on 20 October 2002 in Trier, Germany.

After taking a conventional route competing in karting and then in single-seater racing, the young German turned heads in 2020 when he finished fifth overall and as top rookie in the Euroformula Open championship. His career also took a turn towards Endurance at that point, predominantly racing in the LMP3 class of the ELMS for Cool Racing, along with occasional appearances stateside in the IMSA. He ended the 2021 season as LMP3 class runner-up in the ELMS, winning two races and securing two second place finishes. Above all, he did enough to earn the right to step up to LMP2 this season.

COMPETITIVE RECORD

  • 2021: LMP3 class runner-up in the ELMS, with two wins and two second places.
  • 2020: Fifth overall in the Euroformula Open and Rookies’ Champion
  • 2019: Runner-up in the F4 Cup at the FIA Motorsport Games

The car : ORECA 07-GIBSON

 

Engine info

Other info

TYPE: 4.2-LITRE NORMALLY-ASPIRATED V8 ENGINE

POWER OUTPUT: 530hp

MAX. ENGINE SPEED: 9,000rpm

CHASSIS: CARBON FIBRE AND HONEYCOMB BODY SHELL

WEIGHT: 950kg

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