Jean-Christophe Boullion

Full Name:
Jean-Christophe "Jules" Boullion
Born:
27th December 1969 (Age 49)
St Brieuc, Brittany
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This introverted Frenchman arrived in Grand Prix racing as the reigning Formula 3000 champion but he was unable to translate obvious talent into a sustained career at the top level.

Karting protégé and champion racing driver

The name of Jean-Christophe Boullion (known to his friends as "Jules") was banded about in French racing circles as a future star since his karting days. Champion in French Formula Ford in 1990, his second season in cars, he was also third in that year’s Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. Two Formula 3 seasons followed with Graff Racing and Boullion won three times during 1992 although he was only fourth in the French F3 Championship.

A disappointing maiden Formula 3000 season with Apomatox’s Reynard 93D-Cosworth was rescued by second place finishes in the final two rounds at Magny-Cours and Nogaro. Boullion joined DAMS for 1994 and won the last three races of the season to steal the title from compatriot (and erstwhile F3 rival) Franck Lagorce.

Formula 1 with Sauber

Boullion was chosen by Williams as its test driver for 1995 but his GP debut in Monaco was for Sauber when he replaced the injured Karl Wendlinger. The Frenchman saw out the season and scored points in Germany (fifth) and Italy (sixth) but that was not enough to earn another contract. He returned to the role of test driver for Williams and then British American Racing as it prepared for its high profile Formula 1 debut.

Subsequent racing career

Race opportunities were confined to the British Touring Car Championship (a disappointing campaign with a Renault Williams Laguna in 1999) and sports cars. It was in the latter that Boullion enjoyed success once more. He won the Le Mans Series LMP1 title in 2005 and 2006 when driving a works Pescarolo C60-Judd with Emmanuel Collard. They also finished second in the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hours (with Erik Comas also driving), two laps behind the winning Audi.

Third in the 24-hour race and runner-up in the LMS during 2007, he won the 2009 Portimão race in his final season with Pescarolo Sport. Bouillion switched to Rebellion Racing for the following season and entered the final 2011 LMS race at Estoril with a chance of the title. However, the Boullion/Andrea Belicchi Lola B10/60-Toyota was just beaten in the race and the final standings by Pescarolo’s Collard and Julien Jousse.

He returned to Henri Pescarolo’s squad for 2012 and finished sixth at Sebring with Collard and Jousse. His next race was due to be Le Mans but Boullion crashed during practice and withdrew with damaged ribs.