Pierre Ragues, talented and experienced driver
Pierre Ragues drove for Team DUQUEINE in 2018 and 2019 by participating in the European Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The native of Caen has been, over these two seasons, the most experienced driver of the DUQUEINE crew, a sort of mentor for his teammates in each race. Back on his career and his flourishing record.
Pierre Ragues started motorsport, like many young drivers, in karting. From his second year, he obtained the title of champion of Normandy in 1995. He followed the next two years with the titles of vice-champion and champion Normandy then Ile-de-France. He even finished vice-champion of France in the hope category in 2000 and entered the following year in the Elite category where he ranked third.
In 2003, while continuing karting, Pierre Ragues began motorsport in Formula Campus. From his first season, he became vice-champion with several podiums and pole positions. He spent the following year in the Eurocup Formula Renault with the SG Formula team and then the following season with Epsilon Sport.
During his single-seater period, Pierre Ragues won the 2005 24 Hours Karting in the super ICC category. He also obtained positions of honor in the European championship and the world karting championship.
In 2006, Pierre Ragues' career turned towards endurance. He joined the Paul Belmondo Racing team and participated for the first time in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, the crew will not see the checkered flag. The following year, the team ceased operations and Pierre Ragues returned in a single-seater. He entered the Euronova Racing team in the International Formula Master (premise of GP3).
At the start of 2008, the Frenchman headed for endurance again, this time with the Saulnier Racing. The team will participate in the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team finished in an honorable eighteenth place at Le Mans and climbed on the third step of the LMP2 podium.
The following two seasons, Pierre Ragues moved to Signature. He participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 with Vanina Ickx, daughter of Jacky Ickx, and Franck Mailleux driving a Lola-Aston Martin B09 / 60 LMP1. Unfortunately after 302 laps, the crew was forced to give up.
In 2011, Pierre Ragues joined OAK Racing to participate in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup on an OAK Pescarolo 01 LMP1. The season will be difficult with three white results and a single podium. The crew will finish in fifth place in the category against the Peugeot and Audi colossus.
The Frenchman returned to Signature the following year to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category. The team will finish at the bottom of the podium in the category and sign a very beautiful tenth place in the general classification.
The year 2013 is an important point in Pierre Ragues' career. Signature joins forces with Alpine for the brand's return to endurance racing and enters the European Le Mans Series. The team won the championship with Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues at the wheel. This title consolidates his reputation as a fast and reliable driver in an increasingly competitive series.
In 2014, Pierre Ragues set off in search of new challenges and tried his hand at the Rally. He was also registered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Larbre Compétition on a Morgan LMP2. He continued the following year in the same category, this time with Team SARD Morand in the FIA WEC while entering numerous international rallies.
2016 marks the tenth French participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For this edition, Pierre Ragues is riding on the Corvette C7 LMGTE of the Larbre Compétition. He will also be registered in the FIA WEC season with the team of Jack Leconte.
In 2017, the Frenchman returned to Signature Alpine to participate again in the FIA WEC, but this time in LMP2. At Le Mans, with the LMP1 carnage, the crew finished fourth in the general classification of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, taking the third step of the podium in the LMP2 category.
Finally, in 2018, Pierres Ragues joined DUQUEINE Engineering to participate in the European Le Mans Series. From the first race, the team signed a podium at Le Castellet, symbolizing the speed and efficiency of the crew.
The year 2019 marks the very first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the DUQUEINE Engineering team, synonymous with the twelfth participation of the French in the classic Le Mans. The combined experience of the Norman and Romain Dumas plus the speed of Nicolas Jamin made the trio a balanced crew able to seek victory in the LMP2 category.