“When little children draw a sports car, it’s usually a Porsche 911. It wasn’t any different for me.” But what was different for André Lotterer was that his passion for fast cars led him to a unique racing driver career, which, via many stops around the world, saw him find his way to Porsche.
But the journey to Weissach seemed infinitely long, since, after victories and titles in Europe, such as in Formula BMW ADAC, it took the Junior Karting World Champion (1995) and Formula 1 test driver (2002) to Japan. The land of the rising sun became his sporting second home. Living in Tokyo, he contested both Formula Nippon and the Super GT Championship, in which he won the title in 2006 and 2009. In the years that followed, he jetted back and forth between Japan and Europe. 2011 proved that the fruit of such a lifestyle can, in addition to stress and frequent flyer miles, also be success. At the third attempt he took his first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won, also for the first time, Formula Nippon. Successes at Le Mans went on to become a favourite pastime after that. He won in Sarthe in 2012 and 2014. He has been a Porsche works driver since 2017.
He relaxes from the stress of racing through his hobbies of cycling and photography. His favourite subjects are exhibits in his considerable collection of classic cars, including various Porsches. He carries the same standards he sets for himself and his car as a racing driver into his private life as well – and to cycling. So, if an off-the-shelf racing bike doesn’t meet these standards, he doesn’t lose any time – he builds himself one without further ado.
Date of birth: 19 November 1981 Birthplace: Duisburg (D) Nationality: German Lives in: Monte Carlo (MC) Marital status: Single Height/weight: 1.84 m/74 kg Hobbies: Riding and building lightweight racing bikes, photography, foodie, collecting and driving classic cars Twitter:@Andre_Lotterer Facebook: @alotterer Instagram:@andre_lotterer
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