Profile

CAREER OVERVIEW

Karim Ajlani is a Swiss-Syrian racing driver who returns to international motorsport this year after joining the front-running ART Grand Prix squad for a full European Le Mans Series campaign.

The 38-year-old will race a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the championship’s GTC category alongside reigning LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Ricardo Gonzalez, as well as established sports-prototype star Alex Brundle.

After starting his career driving single seaters in French Formula Ford and Renault championships, Karim successfully switched to sportscar racing in 2005. He first contested the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) with a GTS-class Dodge Viper for Paul Belmondo Racing, and then competed in the VdeV championship with Ligier.

2009 saw Karim graduate to the LMS full time driving an LMP2-spec Pescarolo-Mazda prototype for leading French squad OAK Racing – Team Mazda France.

A strong start to the year saw him finish third at Spa-Francorchamps before contesting the jewel in endurance racing’s crown: the Le Mans 24 Hours. Lining up eighth in LMP2, Karim and his team-mates ran as high as fourth, before an engine issue hastened the car’s retirement on Sunday morning. Back in the LMS, he sealed another convincing top-three result at the Nurburgring 1000km.

The following year Karim decided to reduce his motorsport involvement, competing in local rallies before eventually embarking on other personal projects. These included participating in triathlons that ensured he remained in peak physical condition.

Opportunities to make a motorsport comeback then arose over the winter of 2013/14, with Karim ultimately signing for leading French outfit ART Grand Prix ahead of the 2014 season.

MOTORSPORT CV

2014 – European Le Mans Series, ART Grand Prix, McLaren 12C GT3
- Silverstone – 5th
- Imola – 4th
- Red Bull Ring – 4th
- Paul Ricard – 8th
- Estoril – DNF
2010 – Swiss Rally Championship (selected rounds)
- Rally ronde del Ticino
- Rally del Valli Cuneesi
- Rallye International du Valais – 35th out of 96 entrants, 4th in group, 3rd in class
2009 – Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours, OAK Racing, LMP2 Pescarolo-Mazda
- Nurburgring – 3th
- Spa-Francorchamps – 3th
- Barcelona – 5th
- Algarve – 6th
2007 – VdeV Championship, Gémo-Sport, Ligier
2005 – Le Mans Endurance Series, Paul Belmondo Racing, GTS Dodge Viper
2004 – French Formula Ford, Maubray Competition
2003 – French Formula Renault, Pole Service Racing
2002 – French Formula Ford, Maubray Competition
2001 – French Formula Ford, Maubray Competition
2000 – French Formula Ford, Maubray Competition
1999 – Formula France (3 races), French Formula Ford (part season)
1998 – Winfield School, France – Finalist