Career Summary:

Francois Perrodo

  • February 14, 1977
  • 41
  • France
  • Fia World Endurance Championship
  • 85
  • TDS Racing
  • 3
  • 28
  • 2
  • 3.53%
  • 32.94%

Francois Perrodo is a French businessman and racing driver who started his international career at the age 35 and reached the top of the world in the next five years. In 2016, he won GTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, together with Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas driving a Ferrari for AF Corse.

Most recently, he spent the 2017 FIA WEC season in LMP2 class with TDS Racing and has been announced for the FIA WEC super season (2018-2019) with the same team.

Francois Perrodo

Francois Perrodo

Successful businessman became a racer at the age 33

Born in February 1977 in Singapore, as a son of a French businessman and founder of the oil and gas company Perenco, Francois became a chairman of the family-owned company after his father's death in 2006. As a motorsport enthusiast, he started with classic car racing in 2010 and then started his international racing career in 2012.

His first competition was the International GT Sprint Series in which he was driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 for AF Corse. In July 2012, Perrodo was also a part of AF Corse team at Spa 24 Hours, sharing a car with Howard Blank, Yannick Mallegol and Jean-Marc Bachelier. They finished 18th overall and 11th in Pro-Am class.

Francois Perrodo

Before starting his racing career, Perrodo developed successful business career

Le Mans 24h debut in Prospeed's Porsche

In 2013, Perrodo raced with Porsche 911 GT3 for most of the season, driving for Crubile Sport in the French-based V de V Endurance Series and for Prospeed Competition in the European Le Mans Series. Perrodo finished second in V de V Series, sharing a car with team owner Sebastien Crubile. In the ELMS, Perrodo finished 8th in GTE class, sharing a car with Emmanuel Collard and Sebastien Crubile.

In June 2013, Perrodo made a debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving the #75 Prospeed Porsche 997 GT3 RSR. He was ninth in GTE Am class. Later in the FIA WEC season, Perrodo joined AF Corse in Bahrain's round, finishing third in class together with Emmanuel Collard and Matt Griffin.

Perrodo spent two ELMS seasons in the #75 Prospeed Porsche

Perrodo spent two ELMS seasons in the #75 Prospeed Porsche

Double FIA WEC – ELMS programme in 2014

In 2014, Perrodo participated full time both in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. He spent FIA WEC season in the Prospeed Competition's #75 Porsche 911 RSR, scoring one podium (Fuji) and finishing ninth in GTE Am classification. His co-drivers were Emmanuel Collard and Matthieu Vaxiviere. Markus Palttala replaced Vaxiviere at Le Mans, where they retired after 194 laps.

In the ELMS, Perrodo was driving the #82 Porsche 911 RSR for Crubile Sport, sharing a car with Emmanuel Collard and Sebastien Crubile. Perrodo also made one guest appearances in some other competitions (Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT Championship) with Ferrari.

Francois Perrodo, 2015, AF Corse Ferrari

Perrodo spent two FIA WEC seasons in the #83 Ferrari

Maiden FIA WEC victory at Shanghai

In 2015, Perrodo started a season at Daytona 24 Hours, not finishing the race in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTC. He joined AF Corse for the full season in the GTE Am class of the World Endurance Championship, sharing the #83 Ferrari 458 Italia GTC with Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas.

After six FIA WEC podiums in a row, Perrodo scored his maiden FIA WEC victory at 6 Hours of Shanghai.  He ended a season with fourth place at Bahrain, securing second place in the championship.

2016 FIA WEC GTE Am champions: Rui Aguas, Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo

2016 FIA WEC GTE Am champions: Rui Aguas, Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo

World Endurance Championship title for Perrodo, Collard, Aguas

AF Corse retained the same trio in the #83 Ferrari for the 2016 FIA WEC season. Perrodo, Collard and Aguas started the season with a victory at Silverstone 6 Hours. They were second at Spa 6 Hours and second at Le Mans 24 Hours.

Until the end of the season, the #83 crew added five more podiums to their account and dominantly won the FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE Am drivers.

Francois Perrodo joined TDS Racing in 2017

Francois Perrodo joined TDS Racing in 2017

Racing with prototypes since 2017

In 2017, Perrodo stayed in the FIA World Endurance Championship but switched to LMP2 class, driving the #28 Oreca 07-Gibson for TDS Racing. His partners were Emmanuel Collard and Matthieu Vaxiviere. Ben Hanley replaced Vaxiviere in one race.

The #28 crew started a season with third place at Silverstone and it remained their only podium in 2017. At Le Mans 24 Hours, they didn't finish the race. At the end of the season, Perrodo was 14th in LMP2 classification.

For the 2018-2019 FIA WEC super season, TDS Racing announced that Francois Perrodo and Matthieu Vaxiviere will stay in the #28 Oreca LMP2, sharing a car with Loic Duval.

Photos: TDS Racing, AF Corse, Lucien Harmegnies,