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|Born: ||September 28, 1963 in Romans|
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|Grand Prix'||63 |
|World Championships: ||0|
March 10, 1991United States Grand Prix
1994 Japanese Grand Prix
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Érik Comas (born September 28, 1963 in Romans) is a former Formula One driver from France. He was French Formula 3 champion in 1988, and then Formula 3000 champion in 1990, after scoring the same number of points as Jean Alesi in 1989 but losing on a count-back of positions. He participated in 63 grands prix, debuting on March 10, 1991. He scored a total of 7 championship points.
After ending a disappointing F1 career at the end of the 1994 season, he went to Japan to continue his racing career in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), Japan's premiere racing series. Soon enough, he won the GT500 title in 1998 and 1999, and earned runner-up in the standings in 2000, all three years driving for Nissan in a factory Nismo-prepared Skyline GT-R. By the end of the 2003 season (he left the Nismo team in 2002 to join the factory Toyota team the following year) he was the most successful driver in series history with the most career championship points ever scored by a single driver. This was eventually surpassed by (ironically enough) another Nismo driver, GT500 and Formula Nippon champion driver Satoshi Motoyama.
After a decent run with Toyota, Erik spent the 2004/2005 seasons with Masahiro Hasemi's privateer Hasemi Sport team, running non-factory Nissan 350Zs in GT500, including inheriting the team's only win (co-driving with Toshihiro Kaneishi) thus far on the evening of December 18, 2004 at the "All-Star 200" exhibition race on California Speedway's combined oval/road course after the unofficial winners were penalized 60 seconds on their finishing time for a pit window infraction. Unfortunately, the race was a non-points scoring event and as such does not count towards the drivers' or team's official win record.