Emmanuel Collard’s epic run of consecutive Le Mans starts will sadly end after last year’s number 23. A man who has won in two classes, GT and LMP2 and who has driven in (effectively) all four modern classes. Add in factory drives for Porsche, Toyota, Cadillac, Corvette and Pescarolo and this is a career to savour.
Manu isn’t done yet, he’s just having to chase different records now!
With thanks for yet another magnificent photo retrospective from John Brooks. You can see more of his work on
1995 – Manu’s Le Mans Debut – with Larbre Competition sharing a Porsche 911 GT2 Evo with Dominique Dupuy and Stephane Ortelli – DNF
1996 saw his Le Mans Prototype debut aboard the La Filière Elf Courage C36 Porsche with Henri Pescarolo and Franck Lagorce – &th overall – 2nd in the LMP1 class
1997 – A Porsche Factory drive in the 911 GT1 with Ralf Kelleners and Yannick Dalmas – DNF
1998 and a move over to Toyota and the Magnificent GT-One TS020 – He’d drive alongside Martin Brundle and Eric Helary – DNF
1999 and a second year with Toyota, again with Brundle but this time with Vincenzo Sospiri – DNF
2000 – DAMS with the Cadillac Northstar LMP alongside Eric Bernard and Franck Montagny – 19th overall, 9th in LMP900
2001 – still with DAMS and Cadillac – and still with Bernard too, Marc Goossens completed the line-up – 19th overall, 9th in LMP900 – DNF
2002 – This time with the Cadillac factory team in the LMP02 – Crewed with Eric Bernard for a third consecutive year and joined by JJ Lehto – 12th overall – 10th in class
2003 – Back to GT, this time with Alex Job Racing/ Petersen Motorsports – Alongside Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr – 14th overall and Winners of the GT class
2004 and the start of a long association with the Pescarolo Team – The C60 Judd with Nic Minassian and Sebastien Bourdais – DNF
2005 – Year two wiuth Pescarolo, now in the C60 Hybrid-Judd alongsideErik Comas and Jean Christophe Bouillon – His best ever overall finish a fine second overall
2006 – Pescarolo C60 Hybrid Judd once again with Comas and Minassian, 5th overall, 4th in class
2007 – Now in the Pescarolo 01 Judd with Bouillon and Romain Dumas – another overall podium, 3rd overall
2008 – Last of a five year run with Pescarolo (for now!) same team-martes as the previous year but sadly a DNF
2009 – Team Essex and the mighty Porsche RS Spyder in LMP2 with Casper Elgaard and Kristian Poulsen – 10th overall and a second class win!
2010 – Corvette Racing in the GT2 spec C6.R alongside Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta – A DNF after an incident with a Peugeot in the Porsche Curves!
2011 – Back to Pescarolo with the now aging 01 Judd – Christophe Tinseau and Julien Jousse – DNF
2012 – With The old man until the end of the story – the hopeless 03-Judd – Bouillon walked away during practice – Stuey Hall and Manu possible relieved with a DNF for once!
2013 – Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Markus Palttala and a man who would become familiar company – Francois Perrodo – 36th overall – 9th in class
2014 – Back with Prospeed in their Art Car the following year, Markus Paltalla joined Manu and Francois Perrodo – DNF
2015 – AF Corse Ferrari 458 Rui Aguas and Francois Perrodo – 26th overall, 4th in GTE Am
2016 – AF Corse Ferrari 458 GTE – Same squad and en route to the WEC title – tthe Le Mans result helped enormously – 27th overall and 2nd in GTE Am
2017 – TDS Racing – Oreca 07 Gibson with Perrodo and Matthieu Vaxiviere – It was a DNF for the end of the run thus far – He’ll be back!