Andrew Thompson (racing driver)

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Andrew Thompson
Nationality Australia Australian
Born 3 November 1987 (1987-11-03) (age 27)
Byron Bay, New South Wales
2014 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
Debut season 2006
Current team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Car no. 80
Former teams Dick Johnson Racing
Howard Racing
Starts 33
Wins 8
Poles 4
Fastest laps 6
Best finish Champion in 2011
Previous series
2004–05
2007–10
Australian Formula Ford
V8 Supercar Champ. Series
Championship titles
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 47
Current team James Rosenberg Racing
Series championships 0
Races 35
Race wins 0
Podium finishes 1
Pole positions 0
2012 Championship position 35th (390 pts)

Andrew Thompson (born 3 November 1987 in Byron Bay, New South Wales), is an Australian racing driver currently competing as a Co-Driver for Stone Brothers Racing in the 2012 International V8 Supercars Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Formula Ford[edit]

Thompson's circuit racing career began in Formula Ford where in the 2004 season placed him into the then new Spectrum 010 chassis and finished eleventh in his only full-time season in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

V8 Supercar[edit]

Dick Johnson Racing[edit]

2005 saw a partial season in Formula Ford as he focused on making the transition to V8 Supercar. 2006 saw his V8 Supercar debut racing in Dick Johnson Racing's three car team in the second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series alongside team mates Grant Denyer and Marcus La Delle. Thompson finished the season in eighth position, one spot ahead of Denyer. His season highlight was winning the sixth round of the series at Mount Panorama, winning both races at the meeting where Mark Porter was killed.

DJR did not run a team in the Fujitsu series in 2007 but Thompson moved across to the series champions, Howard Racing but only completed a partial season with the team. Thompson did however take two further wins at the third round of the series at Winton Motor Raceway.

Thompson returned to Dick Johnson Racing for the endurance race season where he co-drove with Alex Davison in the team's second car. While no points were received at the Sandown 500, Bathurst was a different story with the #18 Falcon racing well all day with Davison on the fringe of the fight for the lead at races end. Eighth was an excellent reward for the duo, backing up team leaders Steven Johnson and Will Davison who finished third.

Paul Weel Racing[edit]

There was much speculation about Thompson joining Ford Rising Stars Racing full-time for season 2008, so it was a slight surprise when Paul Weel Racing announced[1] Thompson would drive for the team in 2008 after the team had previously announced it would be closing and selling its franchises.[2]

Rod Nash Racing[edit]

In 2009, Thompson joined Tony D'Alberto in the #55 The Bottle O Racing Commodore for the endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst. At Phillip Island, the team finished in 15th Position and Bathurst the team finished in the top 10, in 10th Position.

Bundaberg Red Racing Team[edit]

Thompson rejoined the series full-time for the 2010 Season, joining Walkinshaw Racing to drive the teams #10 Bundaberg Red Commodore. The year was extremely disappointing, with Thompson finishing 30th, behind numerous part-time drivers. Thompson left the team at seasons end.

Triple Eight Race Engineering[edit]

For 2011, Thompson joined Team Vodafone for the endurance events. This led to the team entering a Monster Energy backed car in the Fujitsu V8 series. At the endurance events, Thompson was paired with two-time V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup. At Phillip Island, the #88 Commodore finished in 2nd Place, behind the teams #888 Commodore of Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife, however at Bathurst Thompson and Whincup finished in 21st position due to Electrical issues. Thompson however won the Fujitsu Series for the team.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
2004 Australian Formula Ford Championship 11th Spectrum 010 Ford Borland Racing
2004 Victorian Formula Ford Championship 4th Spectrum 09b Ford
2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship 17th Spectrum 010 Ford Borland Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 8th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 11th Ford BA Falcon Howard Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 28th Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 35th Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 30th Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 1st Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 38th Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 35th Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 58th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Owen
Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series
2011
Succeeded by
Scott McLaughlin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Thompson signs with PWR Racing Official Site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series retrieved on 25 January 2008
  2. ^ Weel He Or Not? Auto Action, No. 1272 January 09–15, 2008

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