LoicDuval is racing driver from France who competes in various series. His biggest achievements so far are a title in the FIA World Endurance Championship and victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Start of the career in Formula Renault
He was born on 12th of June 1982 in Chartres and as a 20-year-old stepped into the world of racing. After graduating in karting, Duval debuted in the Formula Renault Campus France, immediately winning the title, winning 9 out of 16 races. In 2003, Loic has competed in French Formula Renault 2000 and again became a champion, winning 4 out of 10 races.
Audi driver and Le Mans winner - Loic Duval
As a driver of Signature Racing in 2004, he had more duties. He competed full-time in Formula 3 Euro Series, had two podiums and finished 12th overall. At the same time, he appeared in three more series but failed to impress. With the same team, Loic slightly improved in Formula 3 Euroseries, taking 7th place.
Departure to Japan
A somewhat unexpected departure to Japan followed in 2006. Duval was a driver of Nakajima Racing and had a relatively good season. Competing in Formula Nippon, the Frenchman scored two wins and took a 4th position in the final standings while in Super GT he was the winner of one race and finished 11th overall. The following year, still with the same team, was a step forward. Even after he failed to win a race in Formula Nippon, he won 6th place in the championship while in Super GT Series he became a vice-champion.
During Formula Nippon days
After becoming series runner-up in Super GT, Loic Duval in 2008 won the vice-champion title in Formula Nippon with two race wins on his account. The same year he debuted in 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Oreca Team Matmut and finished at 10th place. Parallel with the duties in Japan, Duval from 2006 to 2009 was driving for Team France in A1 Grand Prix. During three seasons, Loic appeared in 26 races and scored two wins.
Winning of Formula Nippon and Super GT championship titles
Finally, in 2009, Loic Duval won the Formula Nippon title with Nakajima Racing after he has won 4 out of 8 races while in Asian Le Mans Series he was 3rd overall. The stream of successes has continued in 2010 when Duval won the Super GT Series crown driving for Weider Honda Racing. The same year he was 4th in Formula Nippon, driving for Dandelion Racing.
In 2010 the Frenchman has competed in Super GT championship
The years of 2011 and 2012 were relatively quiet for the Frenchman who became more interested in the endurance racing at a higher level. He was hired by AudiSport Team Joest, one of the best endurance racing teams in the world, and debuted in the FIA World Endurance Racing championship in which started in three races and took one victory.
Racing with Audi in the FIA WEC and Formula E debut
In the following year, Duval achieved his best results. He became the FIA WEC champion with Audi Sport Team Joest, driving alongside Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen. They won 3 races in 2013, including the victory in the world’s most prestigious race – 24 Hours of Le Mans.
2013 Le Mans winners - Duval, Kristensen and McNish
Attempt to defend his WEC crown in 2014 FIA WEC was unsuccessful after Duval was 7th at the end of the year, but the new opportunity arose the same year. Loic was hired by Dragon Racing to drive in the newly formed competition – FormulaE. Duval scored two podiums in seven races and finished 9th overall.
Driving for Dragon Racing, Formula E
He stayed with the team for another season of Formula E and continued with the duties in the World Endurance Championship. The results in WEC were better than in the previous campaign and still as an Audi factory driver he moved to the 4th position, with an ambition to continue progress in 2016.
The FIA WEC runner-up and DTM debut
Duval did very well during 2016 and finished the season as a runner-up. Driving alongside Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis, the Frenchman won the races at Spa and in Bahrain, and also had other four podiums, including the 3rd place at 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the same time, Loic continued to race in the FIA Formula E Championship with Dragon Racing.
In 2017 Duval debuted in DTM
Before the start of 2017 season, it was announced that Loic Duval will drive a full season with Audi in the DTM. Despite having big experience in various motorsport categories, the French driver had a tough start in the series, so he definitely needs more time to settle in.