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Eric van de Poele
Eric van de Poele.jpg
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1991 - 1992
Teams Modena, Brabham, Fondmetal
Races 29 (5 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1991 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1992 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2008 -
Teams Clayton Cunninghman Racing, Racing for Belgium/Team Scandia, Nissan Motorsports/TWR, Doyle-Risi Racing, Team Cadillac, Team Bentley, Krohn Racing
Best finish 3rd (2001)
Class wins 3 (1998, 2001, 2002)

Eric van de Poele (born 30 September 1961 in Verviers) is a Belgian racing driver and former Formula One driver. He participated in 29 Grands Prix, debuting on March 10, 1991. He scored no championship points.

After a difficult 1984 season in French Formula 3, van de Poele then won the Belgian and Benelux Formula Ford titles, also racing in the Belgian Touring Car Championship.[1] He subsequently raced in German Touring Cars Championships, winning the 1987 championship despite not winning a race all season.[2] He also won the 1987 Spa 24 Hours, sharing a car with Didier Theys and Jean-Michel Martin.[2] He also dabbled in British Formula 3. For 1989, he moved up to Formula 3000, placing fourth, and then finishing runner-up in 1990.

After this, he signed for the Modena Formula One team for 1991, driving their Lamborghini cars thanks to backing from long-time sponsors Lease Plan. He was unsuccessful in the first two races, failing to pre-qualify, but made it onto the grid for the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix. There he impressed in the rain, running 5th close to the end before the car ran out of oil, dropping him to 9th. The team, in financial difficulties, failed to build on this success, and van de Poele would not race again that year.

He then signed for Brabham in 1992, but the team were low on money. The Belgian qualified for the opening South African Grand Prix, finishing 13th, but then failed to qualify the outdated car again. He frequently matched team-mate Damon Hill in the other Brabham, however. For the Hungarian Grand Prix he switched to the promising Fondmetal team. He qualified the car at the first attempt, only to spin out. He then started an excellent 15th for the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 10th, and qualified again for the Italian Grand Prix, only for the clutch to break. After this, Fondmetal also hit money troubles and withdrew, leaving van de Poele without a drive.

Aside from a largely-unused capacity as test driver for Tyrrell in 1993, van de Poele has since found considerable success in Touring Cars and sports cars, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1995 and 1996 and the Petit Le Mans in 1998. He has also added to his 1987 win in the Spa 24 Hours four more wins in 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2008, giving him the record of five wins in the event.[3]

In 2008, van de Poele competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1991 Modena Team SpA Lambo 291 Lamborghini V12 USA
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
9
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
NC 0
1992 Motor Racing Developments Ltd Brabham BT60B Judd V10 RSA
13
MEX
DNQ
BRA
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
MON
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
NC 0
Fondmetal Fondmetal GR02 Ford V8 HUN
Ret
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
JPN
AUS

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kurt Thiim
German Touring Car Champion
1987
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
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Eric van de Poele
File:Eric van de
Date of birth 30 September 1961 (1961-09-30) (age 49)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian
Active years 1991 - 1992
Teams Modena, Brabham, Fondmetal
Races 29 (5 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1991 United States Grand Prix
Last race 1992 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2008 -
Teams Clayton Cunninghman Racing, Racing for Belgium/Team Scandia, Nissan Motorsports/TWR, Doyle-Risi Racing, Team Cadillac, Team Bentley, Krohn Racing
Best finish 3rd (2001)
Class wins 3 (1998, 2001, 2002)

Eric van de Poele (born 30 September 1961 in Verviers) is a Belgian racing driver and former Formula One driver. He participated in 29 Grands Prix, debuting on March 10, 1991. He scored no championship points.

After a difficult 1984 season in French Formula 3, van de Poele then won the Belgian and Benelux Formula Ford titles, also racing in the Belgian Touring Car Championship.[1] He subsequently raced in German Touring Cars Championships, winning the 1987 championship despite not winning a race all season.[2] He also won the 1987 Spa 24 Hours, sharing a car with Didier Theys and Jean-Michel Martin.[2] He also dabbled in British Formula 3. For 1989, he moved up to Formula 3000, placing fourth, and then finishing runner-up in 1990.

After this, he signed for the Modena Formula One team for 1991, driving their Lamborghini cars thanks to backing from long-time sponsors Lease Plan. He was unsuccessful in the first two races, failing to pre-qualify, but made it onto the grid for the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix. There he impressed in the rain, running 5th close to the end before the car ran out of oil, dropping him to 9th. The team, in financial difficulties, failed to build on this success, and van de Poele would not race again that year.

He then signed for Brabham in 1992, but the team were low on money. The Belgian qualified for the opening South African Grand Prix, finishing 13th, but then failed to qualify the outdated car again. He frequently matched team-mate Damon Hill in the other Brabham, however. For the Hungarian Grand Prix he switched to the promising Fondmetal team. He qualified the car at the first attempt, only to spin out. He then started an excellent 15th for the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 10th, and qualified again for the Italian Grand Prix, only for the clutch to break. After this, Fondmetal also hit money troubles and withdrew, leaving van de Poele without a drive.

Aside from a largely-unused capacity as test driver for Tyrrell in 1993, van de Poele has since found considerable success in Touring Cars and sports cars, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1995 and 1996 and the Petit Le Mans in 1998. He has also added to his 1987 win in the Spa 24 Hours four more wins in 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2008, giving him the record of five wins in the event.[3]

In 2008, van de Poele competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1991 Modena Team SpA Lambo 291 Lamborghini V12 USA
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
9
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
NC 0
1992 Motor Racing Developments Ltd Brabham BT60B Judd V10 RSA
13
MEX
DNQ
BRA
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
MON
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
NC 0
Fondmetal Fondmetal GR02 Ford V8 HUN
Ret
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
JPN
AUS

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kurt Thiim
German Touring Car Champion
1987
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig


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