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
|1989||Madgwick International||Lola T89/50||Ford Cosworth DFY||SIL||IMO||PAU||JER||ASS||PER||BHA||BIR||SPA|| LEM
|1990||Paul Stewart Racing||Reynard 89D||Ford Cosworth DFY||DON||SIL|| PAU
|Madgwick International||Lola T90/50||Mugen-Honda MF308|| DIJ|
|1991||Paul Stewart Racing||Reynard 91D||Ford Cosworth DFY-II|| IMO
Complete WTCM Results
|1990||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Mercedes-Benz 190E||C||N/A||0||27th||24|
|1991||Graff Racing||Peugeot 405||I||N/A||0||59th||0|