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Alain Menu
Alain Menu
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} Swiss[1] Swiss Confederation
Date of Birth 9/8/1963[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début Silverstone 1992[1]
Championships 2 (1997, 2000)[1]
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Team M Mobile
Renault Dealer Racing
Williams Renault Dealer Racing
Ford Team Mondeo
VX Racing[2]
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team CHROME Edition Restart Racing[1]
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
9[1] 0

 Alain Menu is a Swiss born racing driver, competing in the 2014 edition of the BTCC.[1] Menu is a double champion of the BTCC, having won the title in 1997 and 2000, the only man to achieve a double in the Super 2000 era.[1]

Current SeasonEdit

Menu is currently competing for CHROME Edition Restart Racing in the 2014 BTCC season. A promising start to his second comeback (which began in 2014) was sealed with a drive from fourteenth to fifth in race three at Brands Hatch's Indy circuit in the opening round.[3]

BackgroundEdit

Alain Menu began competing in single seater championships in the 1980s driving in the British Formula 3 and Formula 3000 championships.[2] Menu progressed to the International Formula 3000 series in 1991, competing alongside another future BTCC driver, Fabrizio Giovanardi.[2]

BTCC HistoryEdit

1992 saw Menu obtain a seat at Team M Mobile in the BTCC, driving a BMW 318is provided by BMW.[2] A promising debut season was cut short, however, after an accident prior to the start of the Knockhill round ended his season.[2] Despite this, Menu still claimed ninth in the final standings, only one position behind team mate Tim Sugden.[1]

RenaultEdit

Menu returned to the BTCC in 1993, now fully recovered from his accident (although an unusual complication of the accident meant that Menu could never jog for an extended time again).[2] Renault were making their debut in the BTCC (as a factory effort) and paired reigning champion Tim Harvey with Menu in two Renault 19s.[2] Despite a maiden victory for Menu at Donington Park, Menu and Harvey struggled in the mid pack, the 19 not being the complete package Renault had hoped for.[2]

AM Laguna 1994

Menu driving his 1994 Renault Laguna

1994 brought Menu a new car, a Renault Laguna. Despite Alfa Romeo's dominance at the start of the season, Menu claimed a second victory at Oulton Park, before ultimately finishing second in the championship.[2] For 1995, the Williams F1 Team took over the running of Renault's factory team.[2] A further seven wins for Menu saw him take second in the title race again, a feat he would repeat in 1996.[1]

The Man to BeatEdit

1997 proved to be Menu's year, as he took the title in a show of utter dominance.[1] The first four races of the season belonged to Menu, before he took a further eight wins to take the championship.[2] With his title secured, Menu allowed team mate Jason Plato (a rookie that year) over take him at the second Brands Hatch meeting, allowing Plato to challenge Frank Biela for second in the championship.[2]

Ultimately, 1998 would become Menu's final year in a Renault, with the Laguna's dominance over the field the previous year vanishing as the season wore on.[2] Three wins was all that the Swiss could get out of the Laguna, prompting him to switch to Ford's factory run Mondeos the following year.[2]

Mondeo ManEdit

AM Mondeo 2000

Menu taking his Ford Mondeo to the title in 2000.

Despite the switch, 1999 proved to be a damp squib, with Menu only able to finish eleventh in the final standings, his only win coming at Knockhill.[2] However, 2000 saw Menu return to his old ways, taking five wins against an ever diminishing field.[2] Although Menu took the title, he left the BTCC at the end of the season, following the BTCC's restructuring to rejuvenate the series.[2]

ReturnEdit

Menu decided to take on new challenges in the 2000s, competing in many of Europe's other major touring car series, such as the DTM.[1] Despite a one-off appearance for VX Racing at the end of the 2007 season to support Fabrizio Giovanardi's title bid, Menu had seemed to have left his BTCC days behind him.[1] However, 2014 entrants CHROME Edition Restart Racing announced that Menu would be driving for them in 2014, one of seven champions competing in that year.[1]

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Alain Menu's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Alain Menu's best finish at that meeting.

Year Team Pos Pts Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1992 Team M Mobile 9th 27 BMW 318is 6 6 3 R R 9 bgcolor="white" style="color:black; font-size:90%; border-radius:5px;"|DNS
1993 Renault Dealer Racing 10th 57 Renault 19 10 2 R 13 R 15 8 4 9 9 2 1 R
1994 2nd 222 Renault Laguna 6 18 R 2 1 4 6 5 1 2 7 2 2
1995 Williams Renault Dealer Racing 305 2 7 1 4 1 1 3 16 1 18 10 1 1
1996 197 3 2 R 4 4 3 1 5 9 1 4 2 1
1997 1st 281 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 3 1
1998 4th 187 1 R 2 3 1 R 3 3 1 3 3 3 9
1999 Ford Team Mondeo 11th 84 Ford Mondeo 2 13 6 12 3 5 R 8 3 R 9 R
2000 1st 195 1 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 8 1 6 3
2007 VX Racing 15th 13 Vauxhall Vectra 4
2014 CHROME Edition Restart Racing VW CC 5

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