Born: Turnu-Severin, Romania
Lives: Paris, France
Occupation: Business Consultant
Hobbies: Sports, Aviation, Sailing, VideoEditing, Music
Lucian, a French-Romanian citizen, lives in Paris, France. He developed a strong interest in motor racing, especially sports cars and endurance racing, which dates back to the early ‘90s. He was involved in many projects, racing programs and championships in Europe and the US with different racing teams. These included the German Porsche privateer team, Seikel Motorsport, and the French motorsport group ORECA. His roles have progressed from media and marketing manager, to more operational functions including, race strategist, data engineer and also team manager.
Lucian also works as a specialist commentator for EUROSPORT (Romanian version) during the Le Mans 24-Hours. A long time Porsche enthusiast (Le Mans 24-Hours, Porsche Carrera Cup, GT championship, and endurance racing), Lucian has had the chance to diversify and work with other sports car brands including Lotus, Lamborghini (French GT vice champion with Ruffier Racing) and Ferrari (Ferrari Challenge Europe 2012 and 2013).
Lucian studied sociology at the Sorbonne University and his diploma dissertation was on the subject of Racing: an analysis of motorsport as a societal consumption phenomenon. He analysed the motorsport phenomenon on three levels: a macro view of the car manufacturers and their battle for image and marketing; a micro level of the teams involved and their economic models of development and surviving; and on an individual level with the racing drivers as high level sportsmen and their itinerary in this particular sports.
Lucian works as an international business consultant in the building industry, covering the North of France. In parallel, Lucian is passionate about road safety issues, and has a project in mind to contribute to saving lives by educating people about road risks. This project is based on educating drivers on driving safely through anticipating risks, and to teach them to achieve good reflexes through race driving techniques.
His racing hero is a French driver, Francois Cevert, who had a very promising career but who died while qualifying for the US GP in 1973. Francois was different from the other drivers of his time, especially the French drivers of his generation, because he learnt from the best as to how he should progress his driving style and simultaneously build a career. His mentor was Jackie Stewart who said about Cevert, that the French people could not imagine what an ambassador Cevert was for France, in the world.
Lucian’s most memorable racing ‘souvenir’ memory was when he travelled to the Sebring 12-Hour race with the Seikel team in 2004. In 2006, Lucian worked with Daniel Droit Racing, a small French Porsche privateer team and professional driver Christophe Tinseau in the French Carrera Cup, for a challenging racing season.
Lucian is a big fan of the Vendée Globe sailing race, a tour du monde in solitary, non-stop racing with no assistance. He considers this race as the most demanding and challenging endurance race in the world.