Filipe Albuquerque

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Filipe Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquerque, Blancpain GT Series Silverstone, May 2016.jpg
Filipe Albuquerque in Silverstone, May 2016 for the Blancpain GT Series race.
Nationality Portuguese
Born (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 33)
Coimbra (Portugal)
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season 2014
Current team RGR Sport by Morand
Car no. 43
Former teams Audi Sport Team Joest
Starts 13
Wins 2
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 2nd in 2016
Previous series
2011-2013
20092010
2007–08-2008–09
20072008
2007
2006
200506
2005
2005
DTM
Superstars Series
A1 Grand Prix
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP2 Series
Formula Renault NEC
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault Germany
Spanish F3 Championship
Championship titles
2006
2006
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault NEC
Awards
2006 Red Bull Junior of the Year

Filipe Miguel Delgadinho Albuquerque (born 13 June 1985 in Coimbra) is a Portuguese professional racing driver, currently driving in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Mustang Sampling Racing.[1]

Career

Albuquerque driving for Epsilon Euskadi at the Donington Park round of the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season.

Filipe Albuquerque started his motor racing career in karting in 1993, "I started karting as a joke, but it quickly became more and more serious" Albuquerque recalled, "It's really hard to get sponsorship to go racing. Without Red Bull I would probably be at home studying" he added.[2] The young Portuguese driver went on to win two national karting titles before moving up to Spanish Formula Three with the help of Red Bull. But later, Albuquerque was moved up to the Formula Renault, "a driver was fired from Red Bull" The Portuguese commented, "and I was told I would do the Renault 2.0-litre race in Zolder."[2] Albuquerque was the fastest driver for the team during the race and so became the permanent replacement and was also called into the Formula Renault German series.

Albuquerque finished sixth in the Spanish Formula Three championship, fifth in the Formula Renault Eurocup and third in the Formula Renault Germany series, finishing as a highest positioned rookie in all three championships.[2] In 2006, Albuquerque raced in two championships, the Formula Renault Eurocup championship and the North European Formula Renault championship, where he won the Drivers' title in both series.

For 2007, Albuquerque entered the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with the Epsilon Euskadi team, and finished fourth in the drivers' championship. He was also chosen as replacement of Ernesto Viso in the Silverstone round of GP2 Series, following the Venezuelan's accident at Magny-Cours. Albuquerque remained in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2008, but only competed in four races, as he focussed on the A1 Grand Prix series.

Albuquerque made his A1 GP début in the 2007–08 season, replacing João Urbano at A1 Team Portugal mid-season. He finished every race he started in the points, including three podium finishes, and the team finished eleventh in that year's championship. He returned for the 2008–09 season as the team's sole driver, and finished third overall after a campaign which saw him take Portugal's first series win, in China. He was retained for the 2009–10 season, but the series ran into financial trouble and the new season was cancelled before it began.

With his single-seater career prospects looking bleak, Albuquerque moved to Italian GT racing when it became apparent that the A1 GP series had died. He moved to the Italian GT3 Championship for part of the 2009 season, driving an Audi R8 LMS. He also made an appearance at one of the race meetings for the 2009 Superstars Series season, a touring car championship, and finished second in both races, driving an Audi RS4. For 2010, he competed in the Italian GT3 Championship full-time, finishing as joint-runner up in the series with his Audi R8 LMS co-driver Marco Bonanomi, behind champion Gianluca Roda in a Porsche 997 GT3. He also made another Superstars guest appearance for Audi, winning one of the races at his home event, held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Albuquerque competed in the 2010 Race of Champions event at Düsseldorf. He was partnered with Portuguese countryman Álvaro Parente in the Cup of Nations, where they were knocked out in the group stage. In the individual Champion of Champions competition, however, Albuquerque scored a surprise victory, defeating Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel in the semi-final and multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in the final.

In 2011, Albuquerque competed in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, driving a 2008-spec Audi A4, also entering the Blancpain Endurance Series in an Audi R8 entered by Belgian team WRT, which finished second overall on the final standings.

In 2013, Albuquerque made his debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona driving an Audi R8 Grand-Am for Alex Job Racing in the GT class. He won the class as part of an Audi 1-2 finish.

In 2014, Albuquerque was no longer racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He raced in the European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 category and finished as runner up on the drivers' standings.He was also a part of Audi's official team for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Albuquerque nearly won the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona, leading the final stages of the race before contact with Ricky Taylor caused him to spin out with seven minutes ago; Albuquerque subsequently ran down Taylor on the last lap of the race but was unable to make the pass, losing by .671 seconds.[3]

Highlights

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany Motopark Oschersleben 14 4 6 5 8 273 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 0 1 0 2 63 5th
Spanish Formula 3 Championship Racing Engineering 12 1 1 0 3 52 6th
2006 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 4 4 1 4 99 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 4 2 1 10 312 1st
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 17 1 0 1 2 81 4th
GP2 Series Racing Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
Arden International 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 8 0 0 0 3 59 11th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Epsilon Euskadi 4 0 0 0 0 12 21st
2008–09 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Portugal 14 1 0 2 6 92 3rd
2009 Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 2 1 0 0 2 34 18th
Campionato Italiano Superstars 2 0 0 0 2 30 13th
International Superstars Series 2 0 0 0 2 30 11th
2010 Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 14 2 1 1 9 144 2nd
Campionato Italiano Superstars 2 1 0 0 1 20 15th
International Superstars Series 2 1 0 0 1 20 13th
2011 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 1 9 12th
Blancpain Endurance Series Belgian Audi Club 5 0 1 0 3 74 3rd
Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 2 2 1 1 9 30 13th
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 0 26 11th
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Rosberg 10 0 0 0 0 16 18th
International GTSprint Series MTM Motorsport 2 0 0 0 2 36 27th
2014 European Le Mans Series Jota Sport 5 1 4 1 3 74 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship Audi Sport Team Joest 2 0 0 0 0 8 22nd
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 0 DNF
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Flying Lizard Motorsports 2 0 0 0 0 57 42nd
2015 European Le Mans Series Jota Sport 5 1 4 0 4 89 3rd
FIA World Endurance Championship Audi Sport Team Joest 2 0 0 0 0 24 12th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
United SportsCar Championship - PC Starworks Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 37 33rd
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 RGR Sport by Morand 9 2 1 0 7 166 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Italian GT Championship Audi Sport Italia 12 2 1 1 6 126.5 3rd
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Action Express Racing 4 1 0 0 2 88 18th
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 4 0 0 0 1 19 16th
2017 European Le Mans Series United Autosports 6 2 0 0 3 98 2nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mustang Sampling Racing 4 1 0 1 3 126 13th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup ISR 2 0 0 0 0 6 29th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Vaillante Rebellion 1 0 0 0 1 18 22nd
2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mustang Sampling Racing 5 2 0 0 2 144 1st*
European Le Mans Series United Autosports 2 0 0 0 1 16 9th*
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Stock Car Brasil Full Time Sports 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC†

As Albuquerque was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2007 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

6
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

2
MON
1

11
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

8
SPA
1

12
SPA
2

4
DON
1

15
DON
2

6
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

25
EST
1

5
EST
2

5
CAT
1

13
CAT
2

5
4th 81
2008 Epsilon Euskadi MNZ
1
MNZ
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
EST
1

10
EST
2

9
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

9
21st 12

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA

15
SIL
SPR

14
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
32nd 0
Arden International VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

10

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 A1 Team Portugal NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR

7
RSA
FEA

3
MEX
SPR

6
MEX
FEA

7
CHN
SPR

3
CHN
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

6
GBR
SPR

7
11th 59
2008–09 NED
SPR

9
NED
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

6
CHN
FEA

1
MYS
SPR

4
MYS
FEA

2
NZL
SPR

6
NZL
FEA

3
RSA
SPR

2
RSA
FEA

5
POR
SPR

3
POR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

5
GBR
SPR

5
3rd 92

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Pts
2011 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
17
ZAN
Ret
SPL
12
LAU
8
NOR
16
NÜR
9
BRH
11
OSC
Ret
VAL
2
HOC
10
12th 9
2012 Team Rosberg Audi A5 DTM HOC
10
LAU
9
BRH
10
SPL
8
NOR
11
NÜR
8
ZAN
15†
OSC
9
VAL
4
HOC
11
11th 26
2013 Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
16
BRH
17
SPL
17
LAU
18
NOR
12
MSC
13
NÜR
11
OSC
4
ZAN
8
HOC
Ret
18th 16

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2013 United States Audi Sport Customer Racing/AJR United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Italy Edoardo Mortara
South Africa Dion von Moltke
Audi R8 LMS GT 678 9th 1st
2014 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Seth Neiman
South Africa Dion von Moltke
United Kingdom Alessandro Latif
Audi R8 LMS GTD 661 22nd 5th
2015 United States Starworks Motorsport Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Germany Mirco Schultis
United States Mike Hedlund
Venezuela Alex Popow
Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet PC 299 DNF DNF
2016 United States Action Express Racing Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Portugal João Barbosa
United States Scott Pruett
Chevrolet Corvette DP P 731 4th 4th
2017 United States Mustang Sampling Racing Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 659 2nd 2nd
2018 United States Mustang Sampling Racing Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 808 1st 1st

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2014 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
6
LMS
Ret
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO 22nd 8
2015 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
4
LMS
7
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 12th 24
2016 RGR Sport by Morand LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
4
LMS
6
NÜR
2
MEX
1
COA
2
FUJ
2
SHA
3
BHR
2
2nd 166
2017 Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL SPA LMS NÜR
2
MEX COA FUJ SHA BHR 22nd 18

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Marco Bonanomi
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1-H 25 DNF DNF
2015 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Marco Bonanomi
Germany René Rast
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 387 7th 7th
2016 Mexico RGR Sport by Morand Mexico Ricardo González
Brazil Bruno Senna
Ligier JS P2-Nissan LMP2 344 14th 10th
2017 United States United Autosports United States William Owen
Switzerland Hugo de Sadeleer
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 362 5th 4th
2018 United States United Autosports United Kingdom Phil Hanson
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 288 DNF DNF

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Flying Lizard Motorsports GTD Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
5
SEB
5
LGA
DET
WGL
MOS
IMS
ELK
VIR COA PET 42nd 57
2015 Starworks Motorsport PC Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8. DAY
6
SEB LGA DET WGL MOS LIM ELK COA PET 33rd 37
2016 Action Express Racing P Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
4
SEB
3
LBH LGA DET WGL
1
MOS ELK COA PET
5
18th 88
2017 Mustang Sampling Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 6.2 L V8 DAY
2
SEB
2
LBH COA DET WGL
1
MOS ELK LGA PET
5
13th 126
2018 Mustang Sampling Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY
1
SEB
10
LBH
1
MDO
4
DET
6
WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 1st* 144*

* Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2014 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
Ret
IMO
1
RBR
2
LEC
4
EST
3
2nd 74
2015 Jota Sport LMP2 Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
2
IMO
3
RBR
1
LEC
3
EST
4
3rd 89
2017 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
1
MNZ
6
RBR
1
LEC
5
SPA
4
ALG
2
2nd 98
2018 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC MNZ
10
RBR
3
SIL
SPA
ALG
9th* 16*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

33
MIS
CR

21
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
HUN
QR
HUN
CR
CAT
QR
CAT
CR
NC 0

References

  1. ^ Pruett, Marshall (September 28, 2017). "Nasr, Albuqueruqe Join Action Express For 2018". Racer.com. Racer Media and Marketing, Inc. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Interview with Filipe Albuquerque. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 187, No. 11, pp. 55, Haymarket Publications. March 15, 2007.
  3. ^ http://jacksonville.com/sports/2017-01-30/bump-and-run-pass-lifts-taylor-racing-rolex-24-daytona

External links

  • Official website
  • Filipe Albuquerque career summary at DriverDB.com
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kamui Kobayashi
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
2006
Succeeded by
Brendon Hartley
Preceded by
Pekka Saarinen
(German Championship)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Drivers' Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Frank Kechele
Preceded by
Mattias Ekström
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

2010
Succeeded by
Sébastien Ogier
Awards
Preceded by
?
Red Bull Junior of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
none

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