Eric van de Poele

van de Poele
Nationality Belgian
Date of Birth 30 September, 1961
Car Modena/Lambo (1991)
Brabham (1992)
Fondmetal (1992)
Races Entered 29
DNQ/DNPQ 24
Best Result 9th, San Marino, 1991

A DTM Champion, F3000 runner-up, multiple Sebring and Spa 24hrs winner, and veteran of many Le Mans campaigns, the popular Belgian suffered heartbreak in his first GP start before going on to struggle with three under-financed F1 teams.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1983 • Volant Avia F3 school at La Chatre, 1st place.
1984 • French F3, =16th overall, 3 points in an Anson SA4 Toyota.
1985 • Belgian Formula Ford Championship, 1st overall.
• Benelux Formula Ford Championship, 1st overall.
• Belgian Touring Car Championship, 3rd overall, 3 wins in a BMW 325i.
• European Touring Car Championship, 1 start at Spa in a Hoflijk Sport Opel Manta GT/E with Staal and Hendrickx.
1986 • Belgian Touring Car Championship, 3rd overall, 2 wins in a BMW M525i.
• European Touring Car Championship, 3 starts in a CiBiEmme and Juma BMW 635CSi and a Luigi Racing Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo with various drivers.
• British Formula Ford, two races.
• British F3, 3 races, =20th overall, 1 point in a Mike Rowe Ralt RT30 Volkswagen.
1987 • Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, 1st overall, 127 points in a Zakspeed BMW Junior Motorsports BMW M3.
• World Touring Car Championship, 3 starts, 1 win in an Alpina, Team Vogelsang and CibiEmme BMW M3 with various drivers.
• European Touring Car Championship, 2 starts in a Team Vogelsang BMW M3 with Grohs.
• German F3, 11th overall, 29 points in a Hartge Ralt RT31 Volkswagen.
1988 • European Touring Car Championship, 5th overall, 224 points, 2 wins in a Schnitzer BMW M3 with various drivers.
• Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, 2 starts, 34th overall, 13 points in a BMW M3.
1989 • F3000, 5th overall, 19 points in a GA Motorsports Lola T89/50 Cosworth.
• Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, 2 starts, 39th overall, 4 points in a BMW M3.
1990 • F3000, 2nd overall, 30 points, 3 wins in a GA Motorsports Reynard 90D Cosworth.
• World Sportscar Championship, 2 starts, =29th overall, 3 points in a Spice SE90C Cosworth with various drivers.
• Tested an IMSA GTO Ferrari F40LM.
• IMSA GTO Championship, 1 start, =34th overall, 8 points in a Ferrari F40LM with Jabouille.
• Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, 2 starts, =31st overall, 1 points in a BMW M3 Evolution.
Formula One
1991 • Modena Lambo 291 Lamborghini V12, 16 entries, 8 DNQs, 7 DNPQs.
1992 • Brabham BT60B Judd V10, 10 entries, 9 DNQs.
• Fondmetal GR02 Ford HB V8, 3 entries.
1993 • Tested for the Tyrrell F1 team.
After F1
1991 • Spa 24 hours, retired in a CiBiEmme BMW M3 Evolution with Pirro and Ravaglia.
1992 • Spa 24 hours, 2nd place in a Schnitzer BMW M3 Evolution with Heger and Winkelhock.
• World Sportscar Championship, 1 start at Le Mans, retired in a works Peugeot 905 with Wendlinger and Ferte.
1993 • Belgian Touring Car Championship, 6th overall, 1 win in a BMW M3.
• Spa 24 hours, retired in a Toyota Carina with Hoy and Bailey.
• FIA Touring Car World Cup, 9th in a Nissan Motorsports Europe Nissan Primera.
1994 • British Touring Car Championship, 22nd overall, 2 points in a works Nissan Primera eGT.
• Le Mans 24 hours, retired in a Clayton Cunningham Nissan 300ZX with Gentilozzi and Kasuya.
• IMSA GTS Championship, 3 starts, 5th overall, 34 points in a Nissan USA Nissan 300ZX.
1995 • Spanish Touring Car Championship, 3rd overall, 204 points, 4 wins in a Team Repsol Nissan Primera eGT.
• IMSA World Sports Car Championship, 2 starts at Daytona and Sebring, 34th overall, 32 points, 1 win in a Scandia Ferrari 333SP with various drivers.
• Le Mans 24 hours, DNQ in a Courage C41 Chevrolet with Beretta and Tomlje.
• Spa 24 hours, retired in an Opel Team Belgium Opel Vectra with Hemroulle and Thibaut.
• FIA Touring Car World Cup in a Team Repsol Nissan Primera eGT.
1996 • Spanish Touring Car Championship, 5th overall, 139 points, 2 wins in a Team Repsol Nissan Primera eGT.
• Belgian Procar championship, 2 starts in a Nissan Belgium Nissan Primera eGT.
• IMSA World Sports Car Championship, 2 starts at Daytona and Sebring, 29th overall, 33 points, 1 win in a Wheel Works Racing Courage C41 Chevrolet, and a Doyle Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile with various drivers.
• Le Mans 24 hours, retired in a Racing for Belgium Ferrari 333SP with Goossens and Bachelart.
• Trans-Am, 2 starts in a Rocketsports Chevrolet Camaro.
1997 • IMSA World Sportscar Championship, 8th overall, 158 points in a Doyle Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile with Taylor, Pace and Sharp.
• Le Mans 24 hours, retired in a NISMO-TWR Nissan R390 GT1 with Patrese and Suzuki.
• Spa 24 hours, 3rd in class in a BMW with Witmeur and Marechal.
• FIA GT Championship, 2 starts in a Newcastle United Lister Storm with Bailey.
1998 • IMSA Professional Sportscar Racing Series, 3rd overall, 155 points, 2 wins in a Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333SP with Taylor and Velez.
• US Road Racing Championship, 1 start at Daytona in a Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333SP with Taylor and Velez.
• Le Mans 24hrs, 8th place overall, 1st in LMP1 class in a Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333SP with Taylor and Velez.
• International Sports Racing Series, 1 start, =30th overall, 12 points in a Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333SP with Taylor.
• Spa 24 hours, 1st place in a Juma Racing BMW 320i with Cudini and Duez.
1999 • American Le Mans Series, 5 starts, 26th overall, 43 points, 1 win in a Rafanelli Riley & Scott Mk III Judd with various drivers.
• Le Mans 24 hours, injured in practice in a Nissan Japan Nissan R391SP.
2000 • Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, 3 starts, =21st overall, 103 points in a Cadillac Northstar LMP and Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP 98 with various drivers.
• American Le Mans Series, 2 starts, 31st overall in a Cadillac Northstar LMP with Taylor and Angelelli.
• Le Mans 24 hours, 22nd place in a Cadillac Northstar LMP with Taylor and Angelelli.
• Spa 24 hours, retired in a Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg Peugeot 306 GTI with Radermecker and van Hooydonk.
2001 • Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, 2 starts, 26th overall, 58 points in a Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP and a Robinson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Jud with various drivers.
• European Le Mans Series, 2 starts, =6th in LMP675 class, 25 points, 1 class win in a Dick Barbour Racing Reynard 01Q Judd with de Radigues.
• Le Mans 24 hours, 3rd place outright, 1st place in GTP class in a Bentley EXP Speed 8 with Wallace and Leitzinger.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start in the Spa 24 hours in a Rafanelli Ferrari 550 Maranello with Naspetti, Steveny and Chouvel.
• Belcar championship, 1 start in a Belgian Racing Gillet Vertigo Streiff with Leinders.
2002 • Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, 1 start in the Daytona 24 hours, =51st in the SRP class, 23 points in a Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP with Brabham and Johansson.
• American Le Mans Series, 1 start in the Sebring 12 hours in a Panoz LMP 01 with Brabham and Magnussen.
• Le Mans 24 hours, 4th place outright, 1st place in the LM GTP class in a Bently EXP Speed 8 with Wallace and Leitzinger.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start in the Spa 24 hours in a Lister Storm with Campbell-Walter, Wallace and Springer.
2003 • Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, 1 start in the Daytona 24 hours, =54th in the GT class, 26 points in a Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena GT with Baldi, Keen and Hampton.
• American Le Mans Series, 2 starts, 17th overall, 23 points in a Doran Lista Racing Dallara LMP MG with Theys and Lienhard.
• Belgian Rally Championship, 1 start in a Citroen Belux Citroen Saxo VTS with van den Branden.
• Belgian Mini Cooper Challenge, 2 starts in a Mini Cooper.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start in the Spa 24 hours in a Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7-R with Lechner Jr, Seiler and Konrad.
• Tested a V8 Star car.
• Became Sporting Director of the Formula X Series.
2004 • Sporting Director of the Formula X Series.
• Le Mans Endurance Series, 2 entries in an A-Level Engineering Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo with Kaufmann.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start in the Spa 24 hours in a Vitaphone Racing Team Saleen S7-R with Konrad, Bartels and Alzen.
2005 • Neige & Glace Historic Rally, 29th place in a Porsche 911 with Parries.
• Le Mans Endurance Series, 2 starts, 9th in the LMP2 class, 10 points in an A-Level Engineering Porsche 996 Bi-Turbo, and a Horag Lista Lola B05/40 Judd with various drivers.
• Belgian Touring Car Series, 1 start in a Motorsport International Jaguar X-Type with Delhez and Geoffroy.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start in the Spa 24 hours, 14th overall, 20 points, 1 win in a Vitaphone Racing Maserati MC12 GT1 with Bartels and Scheider.
• American Le Mans Series, 1 entry in a Horag Lista Lola B05/40 Judd with Theys and Bjork.
2006 • GP Masters, a 3rd and 2nd place in a Delta Cosworth.
• Belgian Touring Car Series, 1 start in a Motorsport International Jaguar X-Type with Chouvel and Mathieu.
• Nurburgring 24 hours, retried in a Vitaphone Racing Maserati Gransport GT3 with Bartels, Bertolini and Giudici.
• FIA GT championship, 2 starts, 13th in the GT1 class, 20 points, 1 win in a Vitaphone Racing Maserati MC12 GT1 with Bartels and Bertolini.
• American Le Mans Series, 1 start, =9th in the LMP2 class, 19 points in a Horag Lista Lola B05/40 Judd with Theys and Lienhard.

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