Marcel Fässler (racing driver)


Marcel Fässler (racing driver)
Marcel Fässler
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2006
Teams Swiss Spirit
Team Oreca-Matmut
Corvette Racing
Audi Sport Team Joest
Best finish 1st (2011)
Class wins 1

Marcel Fässler (born 27 May 1976 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland) is a auto racing driver.

He began competing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for Mercedes-Benz when it resumed in 2000. He finished 4th with no wins in 2000, 4th with one win in 2001 and in 2002 and 3rd with one win in 2003, all four seasons with a Mercedes-Benz CLK. He moved to Opel and an Opel Vectra GTS V8 for 2004 and 2005, where he finished 9th and 12th with no wins after which the brand retired from the DTM.

Marcel also drove the F1 Mercedes-Benz safety car for one event in Canada, while regular driver Bernd Mayländer was off due to an injury. He was on track for three laps after a crash involving Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello.

Fässler switched to sports cars in 2006, finishing second at the Spa 24 Hours in a Phoenix Aston Martin DBR9 and collecting two overall podiums at the Le Mans Series for Swiss Spirit. In 2007, he returned to open-wheel racing for A1 Team Switzerland in the 6th round of the A1 Grand Prix series held in Taupo, New Zealand, and in the 9th round at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico. He also won the Spa 24 Hours on a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R for Phoenix Carsport.

For 2008, Fässler joined the team for the full FIA GT Championship season. Sharing a GT1 class Corvette with Jean-Denis Délétraz, he won two races, finished 7th in the standings and helped the team finish 2nd at the teams championship. The same year he finished 2nd at the American Le Mans Series Road America race on a works Audi R10 TDI for Audi Sport North America. LMP1 team Sebah hired Fässler for the 2009 Le Mans Series season, having a 2nd place finish as best result. In addition, he and Joël Camathias were crowned International GT Open overall and Super GT class champions in a Trottet-fielded Ferrari F430. He also retired at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a works GT1 class Corvette and finished 4th in the GT2 class of the petit Le Mans, also for Corvette Racing.

Audi works team Joest hired Fässler to drive the Audi R15 TDI plus at three 2010 races: Spa (12th), Le Mans (2nd) and Petit Le Mans (6th). He also retired at the 24 Hours of Spa running a Phoenix Audi R8 LMS.

Contents

Racing record

Complete DTM results

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2000 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

2
HOC
2

2
OSC
1

9
OSC
2

3
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

7
SAC
1

10
SAC
2

4
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

3
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

12
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

2
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
4th 116
2001 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC1
2
NÜR1
5
OSC
1
SAC
8
NOR
Ret
LAU
8
NÜR2
Ret
A1R
6
ZAN
5
HOC2
5
4th 76
2002 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC1
Ret
ZOL
9
DON
6
SAC
4
NOR
6
LAU
3
NÜR
4
A1R
1
ZAN
3
HOC2
5
4th 30
2003 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK 2003 HOC1
2
ADR
4
NÜR1
2
LAU
10
NOR
2
DON
4
NÜR2
5
A1R
1
ZAN
6
HOC2
3
3rd 57
2004 OPC Team Phoenix Opel Vectra GTS V8 2004 HOC1
Ret
EST
20
ADR
Ret
LAU
7
NOR
Ret
SHA1
14
NÜR
4
OSC
8
ZAN
10
BRN
4
HOC2
Ret
9th 13
2005 OPC Team Holzer Opel Vectra GTS V8 2005 HOC1
9
LAU1
13
SPA
5
BRN
15
OSC
8
NOR
Ret
NÜR
13
ZAN
5
LAU2
Ret
IST
10
HOC2
6
12th 12

1 - Shanghai was a non-championship round.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 LMP1 5 M Courage LC70
Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10
Switzerland Swiss Spirit Switzerland Harold Primat
Austria Philipp Peter
132 DNF DNF
2007 LMP1 5 M Lola B07/18
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
Switzerland Swiss Spirit Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
France Iradj Alexander
62 DNF DNF
2008 LMP1 6 M Courage-Oreca LC70
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5L V10
France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Simon Pagenaud
147 DNF DNF
2009 GT1 64 M Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0L V8
United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
311 DNF DNF
2010 LMP1 8 M Audi R15 TDI plus
Audi TDI 5.5L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
396 2nd 2nd
2011 LMP1 2 M Audi R18 TDI
Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
355 1st 1st

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key)

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
2006–07 A1 Team Switzerland NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

10
MEX
FEA

14
SHA
SPR

SHA
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

8th 50

Complete American Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Audi Sport North America LMP1 Audi R10 TDI Audi 5.5L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME
ovr:2
cls:2
MOS DET
ovr:DSQ
cls:DSQ
PET MON 19th 21
2009 Corvette Racing GT1 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0L V8
(E85 ethanol)
M SEB
ovr:7
cls:2
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS 6th 26
GT2 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 6.0L V8 M PET
ovr:11
cls:4
MON 31st 20
2010 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R15 TDI plus Audi 5.5L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
M SEB LNB MON UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
ovr:6
cls:5
NC -
2011 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 TDI Audi 3.7L Turbo V6
(Diesel)
M SEB LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
NC -

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrea Montermini
Michele Maceratesi
International GT Open champion
2009
with Joël Camathias
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Bernd Mayländer
F1 Safety Car Driver
2001 Canadian Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Bernd Mayländer
Preceded by
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Mike Rockenfeller
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2011 with:
Benoît Tréluyer
André Lotterer
Succeeded by
Incumbent