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Sébastien Enjolras

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Nationality  French
Class wins  0
Best finish  N/A

Teams  Welter Racing
Participating years  1996–1997
Name  Sebastien Enjolras
Sébastien Enjolras being tended by his manager as he prepares for a race wearing white racing attire.

Born  4 April 1976 (age 21). Seclin, France

Died  3 May 1997 (aged 21) Le Mans, France

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Sébastien Enjolras (4 April 1976 – 3 May 1997) was a French racing driver. Considered to be one of the most promising French drivers of his generation, he was killed in a practice crash for the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans race, aged 21.


Footage of Sébastien Enjolras' fatal racing accident in 1997 with the car crashing on the wall.

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Sébastien Enjolras riding a racing vehicle during a race.

Enjolras was born in Seclin. He was the son of Michel Enjolras, a preparer of rally cars, and the brother of Pascal, a rally driver. He began racing karts in 1989. In 1994, he moved up to formula racing, finishing third in the Formula Renault Campus championship. He moved to the senior domestic championship in 1995, finishing seventh in the championship. He stayed on for another year and won the title in 1996 for the La Filière team, ahead of future Formula One drivers Sébastien Bourdais and Franck Montagny. This performance was partially overshadowed when he failed a drug test at the end of the year, testing positive for cannabis. Although banned for six months, he was not stripped of his championship and returned to racing when it expired. For 1997, he moved up to the French Formula Three Championship with La Filière, and finished a posthumous thirteenth in the final standings.

A car engine of the racing cars ridden by Sébastien Enjolras.

Enjolras also tried sports car racing in 1996, when he drove one of the Welter Racing team's cars in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours alongside compatriots William David and Arnaud Trévisiol, the Peugeot-powered entry failing to finish. He returned with the team for 1997.


On a pre-qualifying run for the Le Mans 24 Hours a month before the race, the rear bodywork detached from Enjolras' car, causing it to become airborne and fly over the safety barriers after the Arnage corner. The car overturned and exploded at high speed, killing Enjolras instantly. Welter withdrew Enjolras' and its other entries, and single-piece bodywork was subsequently banned. He was the first driver fatality at the event since Jo Gartner in 1986, and remained the most recent driver to die until Allan Simonsen's fatal crash in 2013.

Sébastien Enjolras riding a black racing car getting ready for the race.

The scene of Enjolras' crash is currently denoted by a memorial stone behind the Armco barriers.

Sébastien Enjolras' fatal accident in 1997 as captured with the flames being attended by firefighters.


Sébastien Enjolras Wikipedia