(born December 8, 1983 in Rorschach
) is a Swiss race car driver
. He has achieved his greatest success driving for A1 Team Switzerland
in A1 Grand Prix
, helping them win the 2007-2008 title
and finishiing runner-up in 2005-06 an 2008-09. He has been also a GP2 Series
race-winner and Formula One tester. Jani currently competes in sports car racing.
Jani's career started in karting
in 1998, where he stayed for two years before moving up to Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
in 2001. In the same year he also raced some races in Italian Formula Renault
. He stayed in both for 2002, again only racing part of the Italian Formula Renault season. In 2003 he moved to Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
, driving for the Jenzer team. In this year he finished second by only four points in the championship with Jenzer Motorsport
. In 2004 he again raced in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, but changed team, running with the French team DAMS, stating in the Swiss press, "This year it is win or nothing." He finished fourth in the championship that year, while his old team, Jenzer Motorsport finished second with their rookie driver Ryan Sharp
In 2005 he raced in the GP2 Series
with Racing Engineering alongside Borja Garcia
, who he generally outperformed. He won two races, at the Hungaroring
and at Monza
. He also managed to lead most of the Nürburgring
race in a clearly slower car with some effective defensive driving.
In 2006 he replaced injured Nicolas......