Andy Priaulx

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Andy Priaulx
Andy Priaulx 2008 Japan.jpg
Priaulx in 2008
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1973-08-08) 8 August 1973 (age 40)
Guernsey
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Debut season 2012
Current team BMW Team RBM
Car no. 15
Starts 11
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 13th in 2012
Previous series
1998–99
200001
200102
200304
20052010
Renault Spider Cup
British F3
British Touring Car Championship
European Touring Car Championship
World Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1999
2004
20052007
Renault Spider Cup
European Touring Car Championship
World Touring Car Championship
Awards
1999
2004
Autosport British Club Driver of the Year
Autosport British Competition Driver of the Year
BTCC record
Teams egg:sport, Honda
Drivers
championships
0
Wins 1
Podium finishes 5
Poles 5
Fastest laps 1
Debut season 2001
First win 2002
Best championship position 5th (2002)
Final season (2002) position 5th (116 points)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2010
Teams BMW Motorsport
Best finish 15th (3rd LMGTE Pro) (2011)
Class wins 0

Andrew Graham Priaulx, MBE (born 8 August 1973 in Guernsey) is a British racing driver from Guernsey, and is a BMW factory driver. He is a European Touring Car Championship champion, three times World Touring Car Championship champion and the only FIA Touring Car champion to win an International level championship for four consecutive years (2004 to 2007). The previous record was Roberto Ravaglia's three successive championships (1986–1988).[1]

Racing career[edit]

Priaulx has competed in many types of motorsport, beginning in karting at the minimum age of eight. After a brief flirtation with powerboat racing, he started hillclimbing while still a teenager, sharing a car with his father Graham. It was quickly apparent that he had great natural ability, and few people were surprised when he took the British Hillclimb Championship title in 1995.

After this, he made the switch to circuit racing, where after a relatively low-key couple of years in Formula Renault UK Championship and British Formula 3 he eventually demonstrated his skills were transferable by switching to the Renault Spider championship in 1998, completely dominating it in 1999. His career stalled somewhat when he returned to British Formula 3 in 2000–01. He had some success at this level, but despite finishing sixth in the championship in 2001 was unable to progress further up the single-seater ladder.

Touring cars[edit]

In 2001 Priaulx had a pair of British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) guest drives for the Egg Vauxhall team, standing in for the suspended Phil Bennett. He stunned the regulars by taking pole position on his debut at Oulton Park, demonstrating that his future appeared to lie in that direction.

Priaulx in 2007.
Priaulx driving a BMW 320si WTCC car.
Priaulx during the first free practice session of the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

The following year he was signed by the works Honda BTCC team for their 2002 campaign. He won one race and finished on the podium in two others, and the following season was signed by Bart Mampaey's BMW UK team for their European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) effort. He was in contention for the title until late in the year, eventually finishing third. Priaulx also occasionally guested in Australian V8 Supercar racing, competing at the Bathurst 1000km in 2002 with Yvan Muller in a Kmart Racing Commodore and 2003 with Cameron McLean again in a Kmart Commodore, and also the Sandown 500 km in 2003.

2004 saw Priaulx win a major circuit racing championship, as he became ETCC champion after a season-long battle with Dirk Müller. Both men obtained the same number of points, but Priaulx had won five races as against Müller's three, and this was sufficient to hand the Priaulx the title.

Priaulx repeated his 2004 success in 2005, 2006 and 2007, clinching the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC, essentially the same series, with two races outside Europe in 2005 and three in 2006) at the final round in Macau. In 2005, he won the crown with two second place finishes in the final round when his nearest rivals, Dirk Müller and Fabrizio Giovanardi both failed to score. The following year, a win in the opening race of the final meeting left him needing to finish fifth in the final event to beat Jörg Müller by a single point, which he achieved.

Heading into the final meeting of the 2007 WTCC season at Macau, Priaulx was joint leader of the championship alongside former BTCC champion Yvan Muller. He came eighth in the first race and won from pole position in the second race to claim his and BMW's third WTCC championship in a row.[2]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[3]

Priaulx again raced in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW Team UK in 2009, finishing fourth in the standings. As well as the WTCC, he competed in selected rounds of the American Le Mans Series for BMW and a number of races in the Australian V8 Supercars championship, driving a Walkinshaw Racing Holden with David Reynolds at the Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races.

In 2010, Priaulx continued to race in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW and competed in several races for BMW in the Le Mans Series, 2010 Armor All Gold Coast 600 in V8 Supercars with Craig Lowndes, Race of Champions, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

On 5 December 2010, BMW announced that it would not be continuing its factory effort in the World Touring Car Championship from 2011 onwards.[4] It was announced on 25 January 2011, that Priaulx contest the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for BMW, as well as undertaking testing duties for BMW with cars from other racing categories.[5]

Nationality[edit]

Although Priaulx is British, he has occasionally been mistakenly identified as French, due to his surname (pronounced pree-oh /priːˈoʊ/), which is common in Francophone countries; a French national flag was displayed above the podium at the first race in Curitiba in the 2007 WTCC season.

Racing career highlights[edit]

1995
British Hillclimb champion
1998
Runner up in the Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series
1999
British Renault Spider Cup champion with Team Brask
2001
Runner up in the Formula Three Korea Super Prix
2002
Fifth in the British Touring Car Championship
2003
Third in the European Touring Car Championship
2004
European Touring Car Championship champion
2005
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring Nordschleife
2006
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the Guia Race (Race 1)
Race of Champions debutant
2007
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the Guia Race (Race 2)
Race of Champions Semi-Finalist
2008
Race of Champions Semi-Finalist
2009
Race of Champions Legends Winner
Race of Champions Finalist
2010
Race of Champions Finalist
2011
12 Hours of Sebring GT Class winner

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pen. Pos Pts
2001 egg:sport Vauxhall Astra Coupé Touring BRH
1
BRH
2
THR
1
THR
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
MON
1
MON
2
DON
1
DON
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

Ret*
SIL
1
SIL
2
DON
1
DON
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
11th 15
2002 Honda Racing Honda Civic Type-R Touring BRH
1

12
BRH
2

5
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

Ret
THR
1

4
THR
2

5
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

6
MON
1

6
MON
2

Ret
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

2*
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

Ret
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

1*
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

7*
DON
1

2
DON
2

4*
−10 5th 116

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2003 BMW Team Great Britain BMW 320i VAL
1

6
VAL
2

3
MAG
1

3
MAG
2

Ret
PER
1

4
PER
2

4
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

1
DON
1

15
DON
2

5
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

1
AND
1

8
AND
2

2
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

1
EST
1

7
EST
2

4
MON
1

2
MON
2

6
3rd 100
2004 BMW Team UK BMW 320i MON
1

5
MON
2

2
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

6
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

Ret
BRN
1

1
BRN
2

2
DON
1

6
DON
2

1
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

5
IMO
1

5
IMO
2

Ret
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

Ret
DUB
1

2
DUB
2

2
1st 111

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 BMW Team UK BMW 320i ITA
1

4
ITA
2

5
FRA
1

2
FRA
2

3
GBR
1

5
GBR
2

20†
SMR
1

3
SMR
2

2
MEX
1

NC
MEX
2

8
BEL
1

2
BEL
2

Ret
GER
1

1
GER
2

2
TUR
1

3
TUR
2

9
ESP
1

4
ESP
2

3
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

2
1st 101
2006 BMW Team UK BMW 320si ITA
1

1
ITA
2

Ret
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

1
GBR
1

8
GBR
2

8
GER
1

1
GER
2

10
BRA
1

8
BRA
2

1
MEX
1

18
MEX
2

7
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

2
TUR
1

14
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

8
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

5
1st 73
2007 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

2
BRA
2

2
NED
1

8
NED
2

5
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

3
FRA
1

6
FRA
2

2
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

7
POR
1

6
POR
2

1
SWE
1

11
SWE
2

13
GER
1

5
GER
2

2
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

1
ITA
1

NC
ITA
2

Ret
MAC
1

8
MAC
2

1
1st 92
2008 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

4
BRA
2

2
MEX
1

10
MEX
2

8
ESP
1

7
ESP
2

3
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

1
CZE
1

14
CZE
2

8
POR
1

6
POR
2

3
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

5
EUR
1

11
EUR
2

7
ITA
1

3
ITA
2

25†
JPN
1

3
JPN
2

22†
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

3
4th 81
2009 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

7
BRA
2

9
MEX
1

3
MEX
2

2
MAR
1

10
MAR
2

15†
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

4
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

4
CZE
1

NC
CZE
2

8
POR
1

9
POR
2

7
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

5
GER
1

1
GER
2

2
ITA
1

5
ITA
2

9
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

2
MAC
1

NC
MAC
2

13
4th 84
2010 BMW Team RBM BMW 320si BRA
1

5
BRA
2

Ret
MAR
1

8
MAR
2

1
ITA
1

1
ITA
2

5
BEL
1

7
BEL
2

1
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

4
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

1
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

1
GER
1

5
GER
2

1
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

4
JPN
1

DSQ
JPN
2

DSQ
MAC
1

NC
MAC
2

7
4th 246

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6 Rnd 7 Position Points
2011 BMW Motorsport M3 GT2 SEB SPA LMS IMO SIL ROA ZHU 2nd 123
1 3 3 4 9

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 GT2 53 DNF DNF
2011 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Dirk Müller
United States Joey Hand
BMW M3 GT2 GTE
Pro
313 15th 3rd

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Final Pos Points
2002 K-Mart Racing Team ADL PHI ECK HDV CAN PTH ORP WIN QLD
Ret
BAT
Ret
SUR PUK SAN NC 0
2003 K-Mart Racing Team ADL PHI ECK WIN PTH HDV QLD ORP SAN
12
BAT
Ret
SUR PUK SAN 47th 148
2009 Walkinshaw Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
HAM
R3
HAM
R4
WIN
R5
WIN
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
HDV
R9
HDV
R10
TOW
R11
TOW
R12
SAN
R13
SAN
R14
QLD
R15
QLD
R16
PHI
Q

28
PHI
R17

16
BAT
R18

25
SUR
R19
SUR
R20
PHI
R21
PHI
R22
PTH
R23
PTH
R22
SYD
R23
SYD
R24
54th 138
2010 Team Vodafone Racing YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9
QLD
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HDV
R13
HDV
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
R17
BAT
R18
SUR
R19

2
SUR
R20

10
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
NC 0 +
2011 Team Vodafone Racing YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

20
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
79th 45
2013 Xbox Racing ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

SYM
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

PUK
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

BAR
R12

COTA
R13

COTA
R14

COTA
R15

COTA
R16

HID
R17

HID
R18

HID
R19

TOW
R20

TOW
R21

QLD
R22

QLD
R23

QLD
R24

WIN
R25

WIN
R26

WIN
R27

SAN
Q

SAN
R28

BAT
R29

10
SUR
R30
SUR
R31
PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

SYD
R35

SYD
R36

55th 156

+ Not Eligible for points

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2012 BMW Team RBM BMW M3 DTM HOC1
6
LAU
17
BRH
Ret
SPL
Ret
NOR
7
NÜR
19
ZAN
13
OSC
Ret
VAL
8
HOC2
7
13th 24
2013 BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM HOC1
17†
BRH
19
SPL
19
LAU
22
NOR
9
MOS
20
NÜR
16
OSC
19
ZAN
19
HOC2
6
20th 10

* Season in progress. Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of the race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WTCC GRAND FINALE AT MACAU – WHAT IF…". World Touring Car Championship official website. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  2. ^ Priaulx wins third Touring title BBC Sport – 18 November 2007
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 21. 14 June 2008.
  4. ^ Beer, Matt (5 December 2010). "BMW pulls works team out of WTCC". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  5. ^ English, Steven (24 January 2011). "Full BMW ILMC campaign for Priaulx". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Grace
British Hill Climb Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Roy Lane
Preceded by
Gabriele Tarquini
European Touring Car Championship
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
series became WTCC
Preceded by
Roberto Ravaglia (1987)
World Touring Car Championship
Champion

200520062007
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Yvan Muller
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Duncan Huisman
Guia Race winner
2006 Race 1
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Jörg Müller
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Alain Menu
Guia Race winner
2007 Race 2
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Alain Menu
Awards
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Richard Lyons
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

1999
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Michael Caine
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Jenson Button
Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year

2004
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Dan Wheldon