Didier Artzet

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Didier Artzet (born 10 February 1963 in Nice) is a French former racing driver. He currently lives in Noumea, New Caledonia after his retirement from motorsport.

A promising driver who had his potential unfulfilled due to a lack of budget, Artzet was best known particularly on street circuits - most notably winning the 1987 Monaco F3 support race beating the likes of Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Nicola Larini or Bernd Schneider. Eventually he moved to Formula 3000 and scored a podium in his first ever race at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit in 1989 while driving for Madgwick International.

He was signed to the street events of the 1990 for Paul Stewart Racing in a year-old Reynard with his best finish being a tenth place at Enna Pergusa. However, Madgwick took notice and signed the Frenchman for the season finale at Dijon - Artzet shocked everyone by taking a convincing pole position and eventually took the fastest lap before he retired from the race lead.

Paul Stewart then signed him full-time for the 1991 season. As the team's leading driver, he got to drive in a Reynard 91D powered by the all-new Ford Cosworth DFY-II engine, which promised good results and indeed Artzet took the team's first ever F3000 points and podium at Silverstone. Another significant result was to be followed at his home race in Pau, however an unfortunate collision between himself and his teammate Paul Warwick during a blue flag event ended his race from third position.


Alongside his Formula 3000 duties, Artzet also took part in two WTCM events in 1990 and 1991.

Complete International Formula 3000 results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 DC Pts
1989 Madgwick International Lola T89/50 Ford Cosworth DFY SIL IMO PAU JER ASS PER BHA BIR SPA LEM
3
DIJ
11
19th 4
1990 Paul Stewart Racing Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth DFY DON SIL PAU
14†
MON JER IMO PER
10
HOC BHA BIR
Ret
LEM MAG NC 0
Madgwick International Lola T90/50 Mugen-Honda MF308 DIJ
Ret
1991 Paul Stewart Racing Reynard 91D Ford Cosworth DFY-II IMO
Ret
SIL
2
PAU
Ret
JER MUG PER HOC BHA SPA LEM DIJ 7th* 6*

Complete WTCM Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1990 Garry Rogers Motorsport Mercedes-Benz 190E C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png N/A 0 27th 24
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
BAT
19
1991 Graff Racing Peugeot 405 I Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Sweden svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Portugal svg.png N/A 0 59th 0
F S F S F S F S E F F S F S F S F S E F S F
MAC
DNQ