Simon Trummer is a Swiss racing driver who currently competes in the Prototype class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, driving an Oreca-Gibson LMP2 for JDC-Miller Motorsports.
Earlier in a career, he spent a season with CEFC Manor TRS Racing in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, two seasons with ByKolles Racing in the FIA WEC LMP1 class, three seasons in the GP2 Series, two seasons in the GP3 Series and four seasons in the lower single-seater competitions.
Starting a career at the age 14
Simon Trummer was born on June 8, 1989, in Frutigen, Switzerland. In 2003, he started a motorsport career in karting, finishing second in the Swiss Junior championship that year. After three seasons in karting competitions, Trummer moved to bigger single-seaters in 2006, entering the Formula Lista Junior series. He finished 18th at the end of the season.
In 2007, Trummer made a step further, entering the Formula Renault 2.0 Switzerland, driving for BMS Böhlen Motorsport. He was seventh in the points.
Championship runner-up in the Swiss Formula Renault
In 2008, Simon joined Jenzer Motorsport in the same series, improving his results and finishing second in the championship, just five points behind Christopher Zanella.
Trummer's next competition was the 2009 International Formula Master, in which he was driving Tatuus-Honda for Iris Project team. After reaching just one podium, he finished 11th in the final standings.
Two seasons in the GP3 Series
In 2010, Trummer rejoined Jenzer Motorsport in the GP3 Series debut. His best result was the 6th place in the season-opening race at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya and he ended a season 25th in the points. Trummer moved to MW Arden team for the 2011 GP3 Series season. The fourth place in the last race of the season at Monza was his best result and he finished 18th in the final standings.
At the end of the season, Trummer participated in the GP2 Finale at Yas Marina Circuit. It was followed by his switch into GP2 Series in 2012, still as a member of Arden International. In his debut GP2 season, seventh place at Valencia street circuit was his best result. He was 23rd in the points at the end of the season.
Trummer scored his only GP2 podium at Bahrain
In 2013, Trummer joined Rapax team and stayed for two more seasons in the GP2 Series. He was 21st in the points in his first season with Rapax.
In 2014, Trummer finally scored maiden GP2 podium, finishing in the second place at Bahrain International Circuit. In the final championship standings, Trummer was 17th.
Two seasons in FIA WEC LMP1 class
For the 2015 FIA WEC season, the team was renamed to ByKolles Racing and Trummer was assigned as full-time driver in the #4 CLM P1/01 prototype. For most of the season, Trummer's co-driver was Pierre Kaffer. At 24 hours of Le Mans, Tiago Monteiro joined Trummer and Kaffer. They failed to complete the 70% of the winner's distance and then the team was disqualified because not having the correct driver weight ballast.
Trummer spent the 2016 FIA WEC season with ByKolles Racing, sharing the #4 car with Oliver Webb in all nine races. Other two co-drivers were James Rossiter and Pierre Kaffer. The team's best overall result was the sixth place at 6 hours of Spa. At 24h Le Mans, the #4 car retired after 206 laps.
Racing with Oreca LMP2 in different championships
For the 2017 FIA WEC season, Trummer was hired by CEFC Manor TRS Racing to drive the #24 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 prototype, with Roberto Gonzalez and Vitaly Petrov as teammates. Scoring no wins or podiums, they finished just ninth among LMP2 teams and 18th among LMP2 drivers. At Le Mans 24h, they retired after 152 laps.
In 2018, Trummer stayed in Oreca LMP2 prototype but changed not only a team but also a championship. He joined JDC-Miller Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to drive the #85 Oreca alongside Robert Alon as his full-time co-driver. They were sixth at Daytona 24 Hours and ninth at Sebring 12 Hours, finishing 11th in the final points.
In May 2018, Simon made a debut at Nurburgring 24 Hours race, joining Car Collection Motorsport in an Audi R8 LMS. He finished the race in 18th place.
Switching to Cadillac prototype in 2019
In 2019, Trummer stays with JDC-Miller Motorsports in the IMSA Championship, switching to Cadillac DPi prototype. He was sharing the #84 car with Stephen Simpson. Scoring no wins or podiums, they finished eighth in the final classification.
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