Christian Lavieille, who will turn 50 on December 16th, is first of all a living legend in endurance moto, with three wins at the Bol d'Or (1996-1999-2001) and two World Champion titles (1998 and 2001) with Dominique Méliand's famous SERT (Suzuki Endurance Racing Team). His transition to auto motorsports makes him a jack-of-all talents: ice racing in the Andros Trophy, Supertourism, cross-country rally and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
At Le Mans, Lavieille's path crossed that of another icon of French sports: skier Luc Alphand. Three-time winner of the Ski World Cup, he too decided to try his hand at cross-country rally and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The former moto racer and former skier got together in 2002 and 2004; with the satisfaction of reaching the checkered flag twice in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Those would be Lavieille's only two participations at Le Mans. But his great consistency and brilliant career have afforded him entrance in the pantheon of adventurous multidisciplinary drivers - capable of going from off-road rally to asphalt circuits - who have made some of the most unique marks in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Jean-Philippe Doret / ACO - Translation by Nikki Ehrhardt / ACO
PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 15-16 2002. In their first joint-participation, Christian Lavieille and Luc Alphand finished in...24th position, along with Olivier Thévenin.