If only there were 25 hours in a day. Then Romain Dumas could take on one or two more projects. The thoroughbred racing driver from Alès in the south of France is restlessness personified. There have been years in which he warmed up by entering the Dakar Rally in January before racing the entire season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the Porsche works team, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans while he was at it, squeezing in a couple of rallies – including, of course, rounds of the World Championship – and also celebrating overall victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Driven by enthusiasm and ambition
‘Endurance races are my career. Hill climbs and rallies are my hobbies. Both are passions,' says Dumas, downplaying it all somewhat. After all, by no means does he himself only compete in rallies or race to the summit of Pikes Peak. In the hands of customers, his team's racing cars very often secure class victories. ‘I initially hired cars for my private use and it frequently went belly-up, but I know that I can rely one hundred per cent on my own people,' says Dumas, recalling the initial spark for forming his own team. In addition, he has known most of his dozen or so team members since his school days.