Jean-Philippe Belloc

Born:
24th April 1970 (Age 49)
Montauban, Midi-Pyrenees
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Jean-Philippe Belloc made his motor racing debut in the 1991 French Formula Renault Championship. He won a race that year and was crowned champion in his sophomore season. It was a similar story in Formula 3 – two years that ended with the 1994 French title in Ecurie Winfield’s Dallara F393-Fiat.

FIA Formula 3000 Championship

With a near-perfect record to date, Belloc graduated to Formula 3000 in 1995 but he was less successful at this level. His Apomatox Reynard 95D-Cosworth normally ran among the midfield until he benefited from local knowledge to finish a fine third at the Magny-Cours finale.

Eleventh in the championship, he moved to DAMS for 1996 although the former championship-winning team struggled to sort its chassis. Belloc was involved in too many first-lap accidents and failed to score a point all year. He started 1997 with Apomatox but left the team and series after four disappointing races.

Indy Lights and endurance racing

He also started a couple of Indy Lights races during 1997 and finished seventh at Le Mans with a Pescarolo Sport Courage C36-Porsche.

A successful campaign in the 1999 FIA GT Championship in ORECA’s Chrysler Viper GTS-R included victories at Hockenheim and Hungaroring (with Dominique Dupuy) and at Watkins Glen when David Donohue was his co-driver. Another three podium finishes helped Belloc to finish as runner-up behind team-mates Karl Wendlinger and Olivier Beretta.

FIA GT Champion with Larbre Compétition

The American Le Mans Series was his focus a year later before returning to the FIA GT series in 2001 with Larbre Compétition’s Viper and Christophe Bouchut as co-driver. The Frenchmen won four times to dominate the championship in what was Belloc’s most successful season in the sport so far. He continues to race for Larbre in the World Endurance Championship at the time of writing.