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Nicolas Kiesa

3rd March 1978 (Age 42)
Copenhagen, Novedstaden
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Nicolas Kiesa arrived in British Formula Ford with a strong reputation gained during his eight years in karts. Three times national champion, he made his car racing debut in the 1997 British Formula Ford 1600 Winter Series which he finished in fourth position.

Early car racing career

That was preparation for two full seasons in the category. A strong fourth with a private ADR Motorsport Van Diemen in 1998 (losing to the likes of Jenson Button and Dan Wheldon was no disgrace) led to a move to Haywood Racing and Mygale for the following year. Seven wins and consistent finishes made Kiesa a deserving 1999 British FF1600 Champion.

With a growing reputation, the Dane graduated to British Formula 3 with RC Motorsport. On pole position for his second race and a dominant race winner at Donington Park, Kiesa was hampered by some poor starts while sorting RC’s Dallara F300-Opel.

Kiesa continued with the team in 2001 but he lost his way when his engineer left. He also quit mid-season and switched to the German series with GM Motorsport. Kiesa qualified on the front row for his debut at the Norisring but results were not forthcoming.

Undeterred, Kiesa progressed to Formula 3000 in 2002 with PSM Racing Line. Uncompetitive at first, he improved all year and ended the season in the points at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. He transferred to the Super Nova-run Den Blå Avis team for 2003 and lucked into victory at Monaco – passing erstwhile leader Björn Wirdheim who had stopped to celebrate before the finish line!

Formula 1 with Minardi

Kiesa finished third next time out at the Nürburgring but only raced in the championship twice more. Justin Wilson left Minardi in the middle of 2003 so Kiesa jumped at the chance to replace him and see out the year in Formula 1. He made his debut in Germany and finished every one of the five races he started in the Minardi PS03-Cosworth. 11th in the United States Grand Prix was his best result.

Unable to raise the sponsorship required to remain with the team (although he drove its two-seater at promotional events), he returned as a test driver at Jordan during 2005, including driving on the Friday of seven GPs.

Sports car racing and DTM

He made his sports car debut at the following spring’s Sebring 12 Hours when sixth in an Aston Martin DBR9. He raced a works Lister Storm LMP in European endurance events – finishing third at Istanbul Park but a retiree from the Le Mans 24 Hours. Kiesa also raced an Audi A4 in three DTM rounds in 2006 without success before being sidelined in a motocross accident.

His career in mainstream racing now over, Kiesa still competes from time-to-time in drifting when work in the media and the garage he runs permits.

Championship seasons