Super GT World wants to extend its well wishes to one of the series’ all-time great champions, Benoît Tréluyer, as he recovers from a spinal column injury that will sideline him for the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Tréluyer suffered the injury while training on a mountain bike in preparation for the upcoming round at the Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit. While thankfully the injury was not serious, and will not require surgery to heal, it will still force him to miss next week’s event.
Tréluyer won the 2008 GT500 Drivers’ Championship with Satoshi Motoyama, and retired from the series after the 2011 season as the winningest foreign-born driver in GT500 history, with twelve wins in a career spanning eleven seasons with NISMO, Impul, and Mugen/Dome.
He won the 2006 Suzuka 1000km, the first to be held as a Super GT championship event, in the same year that he won the Formula Nippon drivers’ championship.
The 39-year-old Frenchman is best known worldwide for his accomplishments as an Audi Sport LMP1 driver, led by his three overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with co-drivers Marcel Fässler, and another great Super GT alumni, Andre Lotterer.
Together, the trio of Tréluyer, Fässler, and Lotterer were crowned the inaugural World Endurance Drivers’ Champions in 2012. They won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2013, and the prestigious 1000km/6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps twice (2013, 2015).
Here’s to a recovery that will surely be as rapid as his driving.