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Neel Jani (born 8 December 1983) is a Swiss professional racing driver of IndianGujarati origin. His father is from India and his mother is German-speaking Swiss. He achieved his greatest success winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 after first joining Porsche's LMP1 programme for the 2014 season driving in the WEC. Previously, Jani drove for A1 Team Switzerland in A1 Grand Prix, helping them win the 2007-2008 title and finishing runner-up in 2005-06 and 2008-09. He raced for PKV Racing in the North American Champ Car series in 2007. He is also a GP2 Series race-winner and former Formula One test driver.

First steps Edit

Born in Rorschach, Jani started his career in karting in 1998 where he stayed for two years before moving up to Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup in 2001. In the same year, he also raced some races in Italian Formula Renault. He stayed in both for 2002, again only racing part of the Italian Formula Renault season. In 2003, he moved to Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, driving for the Jenzer team. In that year, he finished second by only four points in the championship with Jenzer Motorsport. In 2004, he again raced in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup but changed team, running with the French team DAMS, stating in the Swiss press, "This year, it is win or nothing." He finished fourth in the championship that year, while his old team, Jenzer Motorsport finished second with their rookie driver Ryan Sharp.

GP2 Edit

In 2005, he raced in the GP2 Series with Racing Engineering alongside Borja Garcia who he generally outperformed. He won two races, at the Hungaroring and at Monza. He also managed to lead most of the Nürburgring race in a clearly slower car with some effective defensive driving.

In 2006, he replaced injured Nicolas Lapierre in the Silverstone and Magny-Cours races for English race team Arden. By doing this, he also secured his place in the record books, being the only person to ever drive in both GP2 and F1 on the same day.

A1 Grand Prix Edit

He then raced in the new A1 Grand Prix series, representing his home nation with A1 Team Switzerland. In the inaugural season of A1GP, the team earned the silver medal for second place, with Jani consistently finishing on the podium, including a win at the Dubai Autodrome during the Sprint Race of the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, United Arab Emirates.

After leaving the first two rounds of the 2006-07 season to Sébastien Buemi, Jani would win another Sprint Race, during the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Malaysia.

Jani drove all the races for Switzerland in the 2007-08 season, taking the championship with four wins and 168 points. The team finished second in the 2008-09 season, again with Jani ever-present.

Formula One Edit

He was linked to a reserve F1 seat with the Sauber team. In 2004 however, he moved back to GP2 the following year. In December 2005 he was confirmed as Scuderia Toro Rosso's third driver, alongside race drivers Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi, a role he held throughout the 2006 season, before departing to pursue a Champ Car career. For the 2008 F1 season, Neel was linked with the test driving role at Red Bull Racing. As his father is from India, Jani was linked to the proposed Indian-backed buyout of BMW Sauber[5] but this did not succeed. In early 2010 he tested for Force India and was rumoured to be involved with the team in 2010. However Force India signed Mercedes driver Paul di Resta as their test and reserve driver.

Champ Car Edit

For 2007, Jani drove for the PKV Racing team in the Champ Car World Series.[6] He ended the series in ninth place with a total of 231 points. After choosing to focus on the 2007-2008 A1GP season rather than stay in ChampCar for 2008, the series was absorbed by the IRL.

Sports car racing Edit

In 2010, Jani became affiliated with Swiss privateer Rebellion Racing and teamed with Nicolas Prost to race a Lola-Judd LMP1 at the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 2nd at Algarve and 5th at Silverstone. Also, he raced the second half of the FIA GT1 season for Matech in a Ford GT, finishing 7th in a championship race and 8th in other two.

Jani took up full-time WEC racing in 2012 with Rebellion, teaming with Prost and Nick Heidfeld for two seasons, before joining the Porsche works team in 2014 and winning his first LMP1 race at São Paulo, Brazil, finishing third overall in the championship. The 2015 season saw Jani take another win at Bahrainin addition to 5 runner-up spots; again he finished third in the championship.

Jani kicked off the 2016 WEC season with a win at Silverstone and a second place at Spa Before inheriting the win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in dramatic fashion when Kazuki Nakajima's Toyota broke down in the lead with only one lap to go in the race.

Career results Edit

Complete A1 Grand Prix results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Switzerland GBR

SPR
9

GBR

FEA
Ret

GER

SPR
2

GER

FEA
5

POR

SPR
3

POR

FEA
2

AUS

SPR
6

AUS

FEA
3

MYS

SPR
2

MYS

FEA
2

UAE

SPR
1

UAE

FEA
Ret

RSA

SPR
3

RSA

FEA
2

IDN

SPR
5

IDN

FEA
5

MEX

SPR
2

MEX

FEA
3

USA

SPR

USA

FEA

CHN

SPR

CHN

FEA

2nd 121
2006–07 NED

SPR

NED

FEA

CZE

SPR

CZE

FEA

BEI

SPR
9

BEI

FEA
Ret

MYS

SPR
1

MYS

FEA
4

IDN

SPR
10

IDN

FEA
8

NZL

SPR

NZL

FEA

AUS

SPR

AUS

FEA

RSA

SPR
5

RSA

FEA
4

MEX

SPR

MEX

FEA

SHA

SPR

SHA

FEA

GBR

SPR

GBR

SPR

8th 50
2007–08 NED

SPR
5

NED

FEA
3

CZE

SPR
8

CZE

FEA
3

MYS

SPR
1

MYS

FEA
1

ZHU

SPR
2

ZHU

FEA
6

NZL

SPR
Ret

NZL

FEA
13

AUS

SPR
10

AUS

FEA
2

RSA

SPR
3

RSA

FEA
1

MEX

SPR
3

MEX

FEA
19

SHA

SPR
1

SHA

FEA
5

GBR

SPR
4

GBR

SPR
3

1st 168
2008–09 NED

SPR
5

NED

FEA
Ret

CHN

SPR
4

CHN

FEA
4

MYS

SPR
1

MYS

FEA
Ret

NZL

SPR
2

NZL

FEA
1

RSA

SPR
3

RSA

FEA
1

POR

SPR
15

POR

FEA
1

GBR

SPR
8

GBR

SPR
3

2nd 95

Complete GP2 Series results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Racing Engineering SMR

FEA
6

SMR

SPR
15

ESP

FEA
4

ESP

SPR
5

MON

FEA
Ret

EUR

FEA
6

EUR

SPR
13

FRA

FEA
5

FRA

SPR
4

GBR

FEA
5

GBR

SPR
6

GER

FEA
Ret

GER

SPR
22

HUN

FEA
1

HUN

SPR
4

TUR

FEA
Ret

TUR

SPR
Ret

ITA

FEA
7

ITA

SPR
1

BEL

FEA
16

BEL

SPR
18

BHR

FEA
16

BHR

SPR
13

7th 48
2006 Arden International VAL

FEA

VAL

SPR

SMR

FEA

SMR

SPR

EUR

FEA

EUR

SPR

ESP

FEA

ESP

SPR

MON

FEA

GBR

FEA
NC

GBR

SPR
Ret

FRA

FEA
11

FRA

SPR
7

GER

FEA

GER

SPR

HUN

FEA

HUN

SPR

TUR

FEA

TUR

SPR

ITA

FEA

ITA

SPR

25th 0

Formula One Edit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2006 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro RossoSTR1 CosworthV10 BHR

TD

MAL

TD

AUS

TD

SMR

TD

EUR

TD

ESP

TD

MON

TD

GBR

TD

CAN

TD

USA

TD

FRA

TD

GER

TD

HUN

TD

TUR

TD

ITA

TD

CHN

TD

JPN

TD

BRA

TD

- -

American Open Wheel Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Champ Car Edit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2007 PKV Racing LVG

Ret

LBH

7

HOU

Ret

POR

12

CLE

3

MTT

6

TOR

2

EDM

9

SJO

2

ROA

10

ZOL

8

ASN

5

SRF

8

MXC

9

9th 231

24 Hours of Le Mans results Edit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class

Pos.

2009 Speedy Racing Team

 Sebah Automotive

Andrea Belicchi

 Nicolas Prost

Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 342 14th 12th
2010 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost

 Marco Andretti

Lola B10/60-Rebellion LMP1 175 DNF DNF
2011 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost

 Jeroen Bleekemolen

Lola B10/60-Toyota LMP1 338 6th 6th
2012 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost

 Nick Heidfeld

Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 367 4th 4th
2013 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost

 Nick Heidfeld

Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 275 39th 7th
2014 Porsche Team Marc Lieb

 Romain Dumas

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1-H 348 11th 4th
2015 Porsche Team Marc Lieb

 Romain Dumas

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 391 5th 5th
2016 Porsche Team Romain Dumas

 Marc Lieb

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 384 1st 1st

Complete GT1 World Championship results Edit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Matech Competition Ford ABU

QR

ABU

CR

SIL

QR

SIL

CR

BRN

QR

BRN

CR

PRI

QR

PRI

CR

SPA

QR
20

SPA

CR
14

NÜR

QR
8

NÜR

CR
16

ALG

QR
20

ALG

CR
12

NAV

QR
4

NAV

CR
7

INT

QR
7

INT

CR
8

SAN

QR
17

SAN

CR
8

33rd 14

Complete Superleague Formula results Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2010 Olympiacos CFP GU-Racing International SIL ASS MAG JAR NÜR ZOL BRH ADR POR ORD BEI† NAV 4th 653
14 1 X
2011 Belgium – RSC Anderlecht Azerti Motorsport HOL BEL 5th 125
4 9 7 2 9 3

† Non Championship round

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results Edit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B12/60 ToyotaRV8KLM 3.4 L V8 SEB

17

SPA

5

LMS

3

SIL

6

SÃO

4

BHR

4

FUJ

4

SHA

Ret

4th 86.5
2013 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Lola B12/60 ToyotaRV8KLM 3.4 L V8 SIL

5

SPA

5

LMS

25

SÃO CTA FUJ SHA BHR 16th 21
2014 Porsche Team LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid Porsche2.0 L V4

(Hybrid)

SIL

Ret

SPA

4

LMS

5

COA

4

FUJ

4

SHA

3

BHR

2

SÃO

1

3rd 117
2015 Porsche Team LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid Porsche2.0 L V4

(Hybrid)

SIL

2

SPA

2

LMS

5

NÜR

2

COA

12

FUJ

2

SHA

2

BHR

1

3rd 138.5
2016 Porsche Team LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid Porsche2.0 L Turbo V4 (Hybrid) SIL

1

SPA

2

LMS

1

NÜR

4

MEX
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
1st* 106*

* Season still in progress.

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