André Lotterer

Works drivers

Because the ultra-fast prototypes are so much quicker than the GT vehicles, there’s always a lot of talk about differences in speed in the World Endurance Championship. André Lotterer is surprising in his own way for operating at different speeds: Inside the racing car, the name of the three-time Le Mans winner and 2012 world champion is synonymous with top speed and the overtaking prowess that goes with it. But outside the cockpit he sheds any sign of being in a hurry. With an imposing and deliberate way of speaking, stressful rushing about is not part of the equation.

His first drive at Le Mans was in 2009, in an Audi for the Kolles team. He quickly established himself in endurance racing with the Ingolstadt-based brand, while continuing his formula career in Japan. In 2014 he made a brief excursion into Formula 1, and in 2017 Lotterer will drive for Porsche for the first time. The first thing that comes to mind about his new employer: “It’s the sportiest brand of the lot and the stuff of legend at Le Mans. When little kids draw a sportscar, it’s often a Porsche 911. I was no different.” This was even more so the case because of his circumstances at home: The Lotterer family moved to Belgium when his father was given the opportunity to build a racing team as Technical Director. Various Porsches were used in the team. In Nivelles, south of Brussels, André Lotterer still feels at home. This is where his mother lives and it is also where he keeps his collection of cars – housed in an industrial area that was developed on the site of a former Formula One racetrack. The collection includes four Porsches: a Carrera GT, two 2.7 RSs from 1973 and a 964 3.8 RS.

In Germany, the town of Renningen is his first port of call, located a stone’s throw from Weissach and the ancestral home of his mother’s side of the family. “When I was a teenager there was one time in Weissach when I was allowed to sit in one of the first Porsche GT1s, while my father was in a meeting with Norbert Singer”, he recalls. There is not just one place that André Lotterer calls home: Alongside the family outposts and his testing and racing duties, he lives between his homes in Monaco and Tokyo. After a year as a Formula One test driver (2002), his life centred around Japan, where he drove in Formula Nippon and Super GT at the same time. It wasn’t until 2009 that he reappeared in Europe with Audi.

He regards his 2011 Le Mans victory as his greatest achievement: “For a start, because it was the first one – and you never know if you’ll be able to pull it off again. And because the victory came about in such unusual circumstances: The lead had changed hands more than 40 times. I came in for my last pit stop at the same time as the Peugeot. Leaving the pits I had a six second advantage and my team mates and I ultimately won by 13 seconds. I had five stints in the car, almost four hours. It was one hell of a race. Allan McNish and Mike Rockenfeller were involved in accidents in the two sister cars. The night was bad, we were really worried. The garage doors had been left down. It was just me, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer going up against the Peugeot. We were the only Audi to finish the race. This is the victory that I’ll never forget.”

Personal info

Date of Birth: 19th November 1981
Place of Birth: Duisburg (DE)
Nationality: German
Residence: Tokyo (JP)
Height/weight: 1.84 m/74 kg
Marital status: Single
Hobbies: Riding and building lightweight racing bikes, photography, food, collecting and taking classic cars out for a spin, trips out in the sticks in the buggy
Twitter: @Andre_Lotterer

Le Mans starts: 8 (3 overall victories)

André Lotterer competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the Le Mans 24 Hours race, in a Porsche 919 Hybrid for Porsche.

Career

2017 Porsche works driver WEC, LMP1 ;
2016

5th place WEC (Audi),
two 2nd place finishes (Mexico City, Bahrain), one 3rd place (Nürburgring), 3 pole positions (Silverstone, Nürburgring, Austin);
3rd place Superformula in Japan

2015

2nd place WEC (Audi),
2 wins (Silverstone, Spa);
3rd place Superformula

2014

2nd place WEC (Audi),
overall victory Le Mans 24 Hours, race win in Austin;
3rd place Superformula

2013

2nd place WEC (Audi),
3 wins (Spa, São Paulo, Shanghai);
2nd place Superformula

2012

Drivers’ World Champion WEC (Audi),
overall victory Le Mans 24 Hours, wins Silverstone and Bahrain;
4th place Formula Nippon, 6th place Spa 24 Hours (Audi)

2011

overall victory Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi);
1st place Formula Nippon

2010

2nd place Le mans 24 Hours (Audi);
2nd place Japanese Super GT Championship;
2nd place Formula Nippon

2009

3rd place Formula Nippon;
1st place Japanese Super GT Championship;
7th place Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi);
24 Hours Nürburgring, one race A1GP series

2008

3rd place Formula Nippon;
3rd place Japanese Super GT Championship

2007

4th place Formula Nippon;
6th place Japanese Super GT Championship

2006

3rd place Formula Nippon;
1st place Japanese Super GT Championship

2005

4th place Formula Nippon;
9th place Japanese Super GT Championship

2004

2nd place Formula Nippon;
8th place Japanese Super GT Championship

2003

4th place Formula Nippon (Rookie of the Year);
Japanese Super GT Championship

2002

Formula One test driver (Jaguar); 3rd place Spa 24 Hours;
one ChampCar race

2001 7th place British Formula 3, 2nd place Formula 3 Masters Zandvoort
2000 4th place German Formula 3
1999 1st place Formula BMW ADAC; 5th place Formula Renault Eurocup
1998 1st place Formula BMW ADAC Junior Cup
1989-97 Karting, 1st place Junior Kart World Championship 1995