Franck Lagorce

Born:
1st September 1968 (Age 50)
L'Hay-les-Roses, Paris, Ile-de-France
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Franck Lagorce was an accomplished kart racer in his teens who never quite made it at the top level of motor racing.

Early racing career

He debuted in French Formula Ford during 1987 and was competitive but seldom the class of the field in the junior formulae. Runner-up in the 1990 French Formula Renault Championship, his two seasons with Promatecme’s Formula 3 Dallara-Opels yielded five wins and the 1992 French title. Now marked as a man of some promise, Lagorce graduated to Formula 3000 with DAMS and won the final two races of 1993.

His Apomatox Reynard 94D-Cosworth dominated Silverstone’s opening round of 1994 and he won again at Hockenheim. He entered the last race still in the title hunt and qualified on pole position for that Magny-Cours decider. However, Jean-Christophe Boullion passed him to claim the title with Lagorce second in the race and championship.

Formula 1 and Le Mans debut

He started at Le Mans for the first time that year and raced in the final two Grands Prix of 1994 for Ligier having been test driver since September. He qualified in 20th position for both, was spun out in Japan and finished 11th in Australia. He was test driver again in 1995 before joining Forti in the same role.

Lagorce’s GP hopes were over when Guido Forti’s impoverished team was forced to quit Formula 1 during 1996. He won that year’s Renault Elf Spider Championship and continued racing at Le Mans. He also started an Andros Trophy ice race for the first time – a discipline that would fill his winters for many years to come.

Relative success in sports cars

He mixed drives in GTs, sports cars and touring cars – both French and Belgian – and finished fifth in the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours for Nissan. He joined Mercedes-Benz for the following year’s race but the team withdrew after Mark Webber and Peter Dumbreck flipped their cars.

Lagorce scored one Sports Racing World Cup race victory at Nogaro in 2003 and won the all-star Bercy karting event in 1994, 1998 and 2001.

Out of the cockpit Lagorce formed FLF1 Competition Centre – the largest slot car track for commercial hire in the Paris area – and has recently worked as a commentator on French television.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2003 FIA Sportscar Championship
Pescarolo Sport
1 0 1 1 0
1998 FIA GT Championship 24th 2
1996 Renault Europa Cup 1st -
1994 F1 World Championship
Ligier Gitanes Blondes
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1994 FIA International F3000 Championship
Apomatox 3000
8 4 4 2
25% win rate
2nd 34
1993 FIA International F3000 Championship
DAMS
8 (1) 1 2 2
25% win rate
4th 21
1992 French F3 Championship 1st -