Created in 1998 by Philippe Gautheron under the name G-TEC Sport, our structure gained successes in many singles-seaters series, from the Formula Junior 1.6 and Formula 3 to the Open Telefonica by Nissan - most recently known as World Series by Renault.

In 2011, Gautheron created Virage Academy and was joined by Julien Gerbi in order to assist the drivers' physical, mental and technical preparation. Among them, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov, Giedo Van der Garde, Rio Haryanto and other 60 drivers enjoyed the Virage Academy services.

In the Winter 2017-2018, Team Virage is born in order to compete with two LMP3 in the European endurance series such as ELMS, VdeV and Le Mans Cup.

Team Virage 2018

Our TEAM

PHILIPPE GAUTHERON

TEAM PRINCIPAL

PHILIPPE GAUTHERON

Philippe Gautheron doesn’t need introduction into the European motor racing world. The French-German enjoys a 30 years experience in motor racing in open-wheels, touring cars, GT and prototypes. Founder and Team Manager of GTEC in Open Telefonica by Nissan and Formula 3, he then took over the technical direction of various GP2, World Series by Renault and A1 GP teams on their way to three world championships. Then, he was also director of Virage Academy, taking care of the formation of a dozen drivers on their way to Formula 1.

JULIEN GERBI

TEAM MANAGER

JULIEN GERBI

Julien Gerbi started his career as a single-seater driver in 2003. After seven years competing internationally in Europe, North America and Middle-East, Gerbi joined Virage Group endorsing the driver coach responsibility in the Academy. He then took over the team management of Fragus Motorsport in Formula Renault 2.0 and Porsche, while directing Campos Racing’s preparation and formation center up to 2017.

RENÉ EDER

TRACK ENGINEER

RENÉ EDER

René Eder has been in charge of the engineering area of many teams in GT, Endurance and Porsche series. Through a career in Europe, North America and Asia, the Austrian was notably at the head of Philipp Eng’s car during his German Carrera Cup and Supercup titles, before orientating towards Endurance races and VLN championships.

GABRIELA PARRA

DATA ENGINEER

GABRIELA PARRA

Gabriela Parra is the youngest engineer of our staff. Following a short single-seater career in South America, the young Venezuelan worked at Campos Racing before joining Team Virage’s adventure in LMP3.

COSIMO FIORILLO

CHIEF MECHANIC

COSIMO FIORILLO

Italian Cosimo Fiorillo is the most experienced mechanic of our team. Passed by the F3, F3000, GP2 series with many international teams, Fiorillo then took in charge the mechanic part of the German team Motopark, on their way to win the 2017 Macau Grand Prix.

Our Drivers

HENNING ENQVIST

HENNING ENQVIST

Nationality
Swedish

Date of Birth
April 04, 1994

After a short local karting career, Enqvist started his car racing career in Radical, competing punctually in Scandinavian and European Series. Joining Duqueine Engineering in the 2017 VdeV Series, he won the 4h of Le Castellet and scored another podium at Magny-Cours on his way to 6th in the standings. During the winter 2017-2018, he also competed the MRF Challenge, fighting against more experienced drivers on his way to a strong 7 consecutive top 10.

ALEX FONTANA

ALEX FONTANA

Nationality
Swiss-Greek

Date of Birth
August 5, 1992

The ex-Lotus F1 team test driver is currently racing in GT and Touring Car, being official driver for Jaguar and KIA. After a career in single-seater, which saw him racing in Formula Abarth, Formula 3, GP3, World Series by Renault and Formula E, Alex turned to closed cockpit cars, racing for different factory teams. He made his prototype debuts with Team Virage in ELMS.

TOMASZ BLICHARSKI

TOMASZ BLICHARSKI

Nationality
Polish

Date of Birth
August 28, 1981

While Blicharski couldn’t enjoy a proper karting record, the Polish driver started a late career in national prototypes series. In 2017, Blicharski decided to join his first international championship by competing some rounds of the VdeV Series, alongside fellow Polish driver Stefan Romecki and GP3’s Julien Falchero. 2018 will be his first full racing season on the international field, competing in selected rounds of the VdeV Series and ELMS.

JAKE RATTENBURY

JAKE RATTENBURY

Nationality
Welsh

Date of Birth
August 29, 1993

Cardiff’s boy hasn’t followed the usual single-seater path. While other drivers of his generation broke their teeth of their way to Formula 1, Rattenbury went directly to GT cars, showing his skills in Ginetta’s Series before going into bigger GT championships, such as British GT and Blancpain Endurance Series. Now a double Lamborghini SuperTrofeo World Champion, Jake redirected toward prototypes on his dream to win one day the 24h of Le Mans.

JULIEN FALCHERO

JULIEN FALCHERO

Nationality
French

Date of Birth
March 2, 1997

While Falchero didn’t compete long in karting, his ascension to cars has been extremely quick. After a first season in Formula Renault 2.0, which saw him being crowned VdeV Vice-Champion, he directly jumped to the Eurocup Series before joining GP3 in 2017. On his first season, Falchero was a regular Top 10 finisher among an extremely competitive field. He punctually competes in sportscars aside his primary program in the feeder Series.

JAKESON CAOUETTE

JAKESON CAOUETTE

Nationality
Canadian

Date of Birth
May 17, 2001

« Jakes » Caouette is Team Virage’s youngest driver in LMP3. At just 17 years old, the young Canadian - residing in Europe for many years - was an official Sonic driver in the French Karting Championship, before jumping into racecars with a full participation in the 2017 Spanish Formula 4 with Drivex.

PHILIPPE VALENZA

PHILIPPE VALENZA

Nationality
Spanish

Date of Birth
September 28, 1994

 

JOONAS LAPPALAINEN

JOONAS LAPPALAINEN

Nationality
Finnish

Date of Birth

 

JAVIER COBIAN

JAVIER COBIAN

Nationality
Spanish

Date of Birth
May 14, 1998

Javier Cobian was one of Spain’s rising karting stars. 2nd of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy, 3rd in the Spanish Championship, Cobian made his way through the karting steps before joining single-seaters in 2016. While competing in French Formula 4, he scored 7 podiums in his first season, along with two emotional wins in Barcelona and Pau. After some rounds in the Euro Formula Open F3 and the Spanish Formula 4, Cobian decided to switch to sportscars in 2018.

Calendars

European Le Mans Series
EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES
TEST LE CASTELLET 10 April
LE CASTELLET 15 April
MONZA 13 May
RED BULL RING 22 July
SILVERSTONE 18 August
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 23 September
PORTIMAO 28 October
Le Mans Cup
MICHELIN LE MANS CUP
TEST LE CASTELLET 11 April
LE CASTELLET 14 April
MONZA 12 May
ROAD TO LEMANS 16 June
RED BULL RING 21 July
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 23 September
PORTIMAO 27 October
V de V sports
V DE V ENDURANCE SERIES
BARCELONA 25 March
MAGNY-COURS 22 April
LE CASTELLET 27 May
DIJON 1 July
NAVARRA 2 September
LE MANS 7 October
ESTORIL 4 November

Our Car

Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE Nissan Nismo VK50 5.0 litre V8 engine, 420bhp
BRAKES Master cylinder, six-piston calipers 355mm brake discs front and rear
TRANSMISSION Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with aluminium semi-automatic pneumatic paddle shift system
STEERING & SUSPENSION Double wishbone, pushrod and spring damper combination
Quick release steering wheel
Three ways latest generation dampers
Adjusted anti-roll bar
ELECTRONICS Magnetti Marelli ECU and data
Cosworth steering wheel interface
CHASSIS Carbon monocoque chassis
Regulation steel roll cage meeting FIA safety standards
Carbon fibre crash structure
High speed air jack system
WEIGHT 900kg (930kg regulatory minimum weight)
FUEL SYSTEM ATL 80 litres
COCKPIT Multifunctional steering wheel with integral driver display
Six-point FIA approved safety harness
Adjustable steering column
FIA approved fire extinguisher
WHEELS & TYRES Magnesium 18” rims
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