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Alexandre Imperatori

  • Date of birth: 19.04.1987
  • Citizenship: Swiss, German
  • Hometown: Geneva
  • Place of residence: Shanghai, China
  • Education: Ms. Computer Science
  • Languages: french, english, german, spanish, mandarin
  • Hobbies: cycling, diving
  • Favorite circuit: Macau
1991-2002 - Karting
2003 - Formula Campus
2004 - China Formula Renault 2.0
2006 - China Formula Renault 2.0
2007 - Asia Formula Renault 2.0
2008 - Japan Formula 3, A1 Grand Prix
2009 - Japan Formula 3, A1 Grand Prix
2010 - Japan Formula 3
2011 - Formula Nippon, Super GT, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
2012 -Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Super GT, VLN
2013 - WEC, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
2014 - WEC, VLN, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
2015 - WEC, VLN

The beginning

kartingAlexandre discovered go-karts in 1991, as a 4 year old and since then could never be told to switch to another activity. The young swiss soon participated in his first races. Immediately successful, he went on to take part in regional and national championships in Spain (1995-1997) where he scored multiple victories. In 1999, aged 10, he decided to live in Wiesbaden with a local family, to take part in the German championship. There, he learned the german language, battled with now-F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and eventually ended the season in the top 5. From 1999 to 2002, Alexandre returned to France and built himself a name by winning his regional championship and coming second at national level in 1999 before winning the French title in the Junior class a year later. He was also a Trulli-kart factory-supported driver and scored top 5 finishes at the European championship. In 2001 and 2002, Alex continued at international level with various successes in the Intercontinental A class (5th in the French championship).

Junior categories

renaultIn 2003, Alexandre took part in the “Mygale” scholarship, and despite never putting a foot in a single-seater before, finished 2nd among 50 drivers. This result earned him a drive in the last three races of the 2004 Asian Formula Renault 2.0 Championship where he impressed with a win in Zhuhai and a 5th place finish in Macau. In 2005, Alexandre focused on securing financial backing for a full season in 2006 when he signed up for the Asian and China Formula Renault 2.0 championships. He became champion of China and finished 2nd in the Asian series. In 2007, he again achieved 2nd in Asia. At the end of 2007, Alexandre was invited by Renault Sport to Formula Renault 3.5 test for his achievements in asian motorsport.

A1 Grand Prix

a1In December 2007, Alexandre is called upon to represent Switzerland in A1GP, the World Cup of Motorsports, as the team’s rookie driver. With his and Neel Jani’s efforts, they became World Champions in May 2008. On the way, Alex notably scored a 2nd place in Shanghai and a 3rd place in the UK. Alexandre continued with the Swiss squad in the 2008/2009 season as the full-time rookie driver and again impressed with great performances. He notably took the 1st place in Taupo, New Zealand. The team finished the World Championship in 2nd place.

Formula 3

f3In 2008, Alexandre stepped up to Formula 3 in the highly competitive Japan F3 Championship. The young swiss won 5 races on his way to second place in the championship. Following a difficult start to the 2009 season Alexandre bounced back to score two victories and two pole positions to recover into third place overall. These strong results attracted the attention of Honda and Toda Racing who recruited him for their 2010 campaign, entering the only Honda-powered car in the field. The highlight of the season was the famous Macau Grand Prix: Alexandre was on course for a top-5 finish when he suffered a brake failure in the qualification race. Despite this setback, he demonstrated his speed by coming through the field from 26th to 12th in the main race.

Formula Nippon

nipponIn 2011, Alexandre moved up to Formula Nippon, the pinnacle of formula racing in Japan and comparable to Indy Car or GP2. In this highly competitive championship and despite limited testing following the earthquake disaster, Alexandre scored points in just his second race in Autopolis and secured 2nd place in the rookie standings and 12th overall.

 

 

Super GT

sgtIn 2011, besides single-seater, Alexandre joined the very strong Japan-based Super GT 300 Championship with a Lexus IS350. Together with team mate Orime, Imperatori won in just his third race at Sportsland Sugo and collected another two podiums at Fuji and Autopolis with very strong drives through the field. The pair finished 5th in the Championship after battling for 3rd place but loosing out in the last race due to a mechanical failure. In 2012, Alexandre reunited with Orime and Team SGC for a partial campaign that featured the 1000km of Suzuka in the factory supported Lexus IS350.

Carrera Cup Asia

pccaIn 2011, Imperatori joined forces with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia reigning champions, Team Starchase, for an assault on the most established one-make series in the Asia region. The Swiss dominated the year by taking 8 wins in 10 races but missed two rounds in Singapore due to a conflicting schedule and finished 3rd overall in the standings. In 2012, against strong opposition such as ex-Porsche Junior driver Ragginger, Imperatori grabed 7 wins and 3 pole positions on his way to clinching the title. These achievements have also earned Alex a call from Porsche to participate in their International Scholarship selection program. 2013’s partial Carrera Cup Asia campaign was marred by poor luck and technical issues, but still featured 5 podiums and strong displays of speed.

Macau Grand Prix

macauThe highlight of 2012 was the second place finish in the famous Macau Grand Prix, GT Cup. Alexandre was the best Porsche representative in a strong field of factory teams/drivers including Mortara, Di Grassi and Dumas. In 2013, Alexandre was back at Macau with a Porsche GT3-R and came very close to create history, leading the race until a last lap drama, caused by a backmarker, dropped him to 3rd place.

 

 

World Endurance Championship

Alexandre Imperatori KCMG Oreca 03 Nissan.In 2013, Alexandre embarked on a new adventure with Hong Kong team KCMG: to be the first chinese team to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship. After a strong first race at the 6 Hours of Silverstone cemented by a 5th place finish, Alexandre qualified 6th in the LMP2 field at Le Mans (best Michelin-shod runner). In the race unfortunately, a string of technical problem led to the team retiring in the 20th hour of the race.

In 2014, the team was back for a full season and emerged as a title favourite, taking victories at Austin, Bahrain and Sao Paulo. Unfortunately a first lap retirement du to technical problems in Shanghai cost the team a shot at the title. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Alexandre impressed by building a healthy lead at the start of the race to hand in the car in 1st place to his team mates. Subsequent problems unfortunately led to an early retirement for the KCMG car.

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