Eric van de Poele  Belgium

  • Full name Eric van de Poele
  • Birth date September 30, 1961
  • Birthplace Verviers, Belgium
  • Current age 59 years 62 days
  • Teams Brabham, Fondmetal, Lambo
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1991 Lambo 16 1 0 0 1 9 0 0 21 0 0 0 -
1992 Brabham, Fondmetal 13 4 0 0 2 10 0 0 15 0 0 0 -
Total 29 5 0 0 3 9 0 0 15 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race United States Grand Prix Phoenix March 10, 1991 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 13, 1992 Race results

Eric van de Poele established himself in French Formula 3 and then won the Belgian and Benelux Formula Ford titles, also racing in the Belgian Touring Car Championship. He subsequently won the German Touring Cars Championships in 1987 and the Spa 24 Hoursn. He also dabbled in British Formula 3. in 1989, he moved up to Formula 3000, finishing fourth, and was runner-up in 1990.

He signed for the Modena Formula One team for 1991, driving their Lamborghini cars thanks to backing from long-time sponsors Lease Plan. He was unsuccessful in the first two races, failing to pre-qualify, but made it onto the grid for the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix where he finished ninth. The team, in financial difficulties, failed to build on this success, and van de Poele did not race again that year.

He signed for Brabham in 1992, but the team were low on money. He qualified for the opening South African Grand Prix, finishing 13th, but then failed to qualify the outdated car again. He frequently matched team-mate Damon Hill in the other Brabham, however. For the Hungarian Grand Prix he switched to the promising Fondmetal team. He qualified at the first attempt, only to spin out. He then started an excellent 15th for the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 10th, and qualified again for the Italian Grand Prix, only for the clutch to break. After this, Fondmetal also hit money troubles and withdrew, leaving van de Poele without a drive.

Aside from a largely-unused capacity as test driver for Tyrrell in 1993, van de Poele found considerable success in Touring Cars and sports cars, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1995 and 1996 and the Petit Le Mans in 1998.

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