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Hexis Racing Closes Doors On 12 Year Career

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A twelve-year history ended as it started as Hexis Racing took a top three result at Baku, just as it had done at its Nogaro debut in 2002.

The team began its journey in the French Formula Renault Championship, climbing through the ranks and winning its first races in the category in 2013. By 2005 the team achieved their best finish of third in the Teams’ Championship.

In the same year the team expanded to sportscar racing, fielding a Porsche 996 in the FFSA GT Championship, taking five wins and finishing second in class in the 2006 season. 2007 saw the team turn its back on single-seaters to concentrate solely on its GT efforts, fielding a trio of Aston Martins in the FFSA GT Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship.

In 2008 the team made the switch from the FFSA GT Championship to the ADAC GT Masters series, while still competing in the FIA GT3 European Championship. It was a successful year for the team, taking third in the GT Masters series as well as runners-up in the FIA GT Championship.

2009 was the first title-winning season for Hexis Racing, winning the FIA GT3 Teans’ Championship and taking the runners-up spot in the Drivers’ Championship with Julien Rodrigues and Thomas Accary.

Following the GT3 success, the team moved up to the FIA GT1 World Championship for 2010, closing the year as runners-up, before moving one step up in 2011 championship, taking the Teams’ World Championship and third in the overall Drivers’ title.

The team moved to the Blancpain Endurance Series for 2012, before officially closed its doors following the 2013 Blancpain season, ending the year in fifteenth overall.

There were multiple eleventh hour attempts to revive Hexis, with the team desperately searching for a manufacturer partnership or a wealthy investor, but it was impossible for the right package to surface. The team still remains the only private French team to have one an FIA World Championship title in circuit racing.

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