Emmanuel Collard: “I had so much fun in Endurance! »

He “only” participated in Road to Le Mans this year, aboard a Ferrari 296 GT3, but has not yet finished with the 24 Hours. At 53, the man who holds one of the finest records in world motorsport is embarking on a new adventure with JMB Racing. Ride in Pescarolo to discover a past that combines with the present.

Published on 23/06/2024 à 09:00

Jean-Michel Desnoues

0 View comments)

Emmanuel Collard: “I had so much fun in Endurance! »

© Bernard Asset

Wow, what did you bring out for us?

This was used by the Hélary trio, Loeb and Montagny, but it is the same Pescarolo-Judd C60 with which I competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2005! We could have taken my Skoda, but I found it to be more original. And then, Pescarolos in general have been important cars in my career. A private team, a small team of ten people, many races won, I only have good memories. Only one small regret, this 2005 edition where we should have won. We finished 2nd due to a gearbox problem.

How did you get into motorsport?

When I was six, I had a little motorcycle, and when I was ten, I told my dad I wanted a car. He told me that, unfortunately, I was going to have to wait a lot more years. He had a bar in Paris and, some time later, a customer informed him that one of his fellow bistro owners was president of a kart club in Meudon. My father went to see this gentleman who explained to him that I was the right age, eleven years old now, to start. He bought a kart and we started hitting all the local clubs. We didn't stop. It worked well straight away and I was French champion the first year.

First in a long series of titles with, finally, that of world champion…

Yes, in Super 100 (Formula A in 1988. Editor’s note), in Laval! It was the race we had to win, but I wasn't thinking about the car. I wasn't like kids today who immediately think about F1. In fact, everything came from François Guiter (Elf competition manager. Editor's note) who, following my title, called my father, because I was the first French kart world champion. He wanted to take me to F. Renault and follow me! He sent me two days

This article is for subscribers only.

You have 90% left to discover.



Already subscribed?
Sign in


  • Up to -50% savings!
  • Unlimited Premium articles
  • The digital magazine from 20 p.m. every Monday
  • Access to all issues since 2012 on the AUTOhebdo app
Autohebdo 2467

0 View comments)