Olivier Beretta started his career like many well-known racer in 1983 in karting. In 1989 he moved to the French Formula 3 Championship and went a year later the European Championship this class. On a Dallara Alfa Romeo he was third in the most important race of the year in Monaco and managed at the end of his first victory at the race in Pau, which earned him third place in the overall standings.
A fracture of the forearm at the Formula 3 race in Monaco 1991 ( Beretta drove another year in this formula ) disabled it all year long term. Countable success therefore remained largely out. Also, a shift to national championships in England and France could not change that.
In 1992, Beretta still in the formula 3000th He signed a contract with Nelson Piquet's new team, but this year did not bring the expected results. Beretta tended mainly under pressure to individual mistakes and had to write off the season as a learning year. Only the change to Forti Corse 1993 was the turning point. The very first race at Donington ended after pole position in training with a win. While it should be the only podium of the year, but at least it was enough by constant trips into the points at the end to sixth place in the championship.
With a lot of sponsor money 1994 Beretta came into Formula 1 The constantly underfunded team of Gérard Larrousse signed him as a partner of Érik Comas. With the Larrousse LH94 Ford -Cosworth but he could not reach the performance of his teammates. At the Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheim he came closest to the points. The seventh rank should remain his best result in this series. After the Hungarian Grand Prix went out of the sponsor money and the Grand Prix career ended after only nine races without countable success.
Only the change to the sports car brought Beretta success in motorsport, these cars met but his style and stamina. For the Team ORECA he won in 1998 the championship in the GT2 class of the FIA GT Championship and two class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999 and 2000. Duo with Karl Wendlinger on the Chrysler Viper GTS -R he was in the GTS class in 1999 and 2000 champion of the American Le Mans Series. Since 2004, Beretta Corvette factory driver and piloted the Corvette C5 -R, or C6.R. For Corvette Racing, the official name of the factory team, he won the GTS and GT1 class three times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice at the 12 Hours of Sebring three times the Petit Le Mans as well as two more times the overall rating of this class in the American Le Mans Series.
Statistics in Formula 1
Le Mans results
- Formula 1 racing driver (Monaco)
- Born in 1969
- Drivers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans