Andy Rouse

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Andy Rouse
Born 2 December 1947
Dymock, Gloucestershire
Retired 1994
British Saloon Car Championship
Years active 21
Teams Allan Moffat Racing
Andy Rouse Engineering
BMW (GB)
British Leyland
Team Broadspeed Castrol
Carrier Properties Ltd.
CSH Racing with Esso
Team Esso Uniflo
Gordon Spice Racing
Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Kaliber Racing
Team Mondeo
Triumph Team Piranha
Wins 60
Best finish 1st in 1975, 1983, 1984 and 1985
Previous series
1987
1972
WTCC
Ford Escort Mexico series
Championship titles
1972
1975, 1983, 1984, 1985
Ford Escort Mexico series
BSCC

Andrew "Andy" Rouse (born 2 December 1947, Dymock, Gloucestershire) is an English racing driver, most notably in the British Saloon Car Championship.[1] He won the BSCC in 1975, 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Andy Rouse is regarded by many people as one of the most successful drivers ever to appear in the BSCC. His 60 overall wins in the category was the highest total by any driver for many years, until being overhauled by Jason Plato at Brands Hatch in the opening round of the 2011 season.

Coming from an engineering background, Rouse was originally an apprentice with an agricultural engineering company. He had been interested in motor sport from an early age and had run self-built autocross specials in his teens and then Formula Ford. In 1971 he funded his racing activities by working for Broadspeed, the race car engineering company set-up by Brummie Ralph Broad. Rouse's combined engineering and driving talent soon became apparent to Broad, who then encouraged his motorsport career by providing him with assistance to race in other championships.

His first step into saloon car racing came in 1972, when he entered the Ford Escort Mexico series. He won this one-make championship in his first year, and soon stepped up into the British Saloon Car Championship. Over the following years, Rouse was successful in a number of Broadspeed entered cars (including Ford Escorts, Triumph Dolomite Sprints and Ford Capris) winning his class in 1973, 1974 and taking the title in 1975.

In 1976, Broadspeed ran the works Jaguar XJ12C cars, for which Rouse was both driver and race development engineer. Great results were expected from these powerful cars but unfortunately British Leyland stopped the program the following season following a string of poor results. With no works deal for 1978, Ralph Broad sold his stake in the company and Broadspeed soon went into liquidation.

In 1981, Rouse set up his own engineering company, Andy Rouse Engineering, taking many of the ex-Broadspeed employees with him. His success on the track continued with Championship wins in 1983 and 1984. He also won the Willhire 24 Hour in 1981 and 1983. After competing in a Rover Vitesse, Ford then gave him the 'works' contract to build and drive their next generation touring car, the Sierra Cosworth, which was to dominate the BTCC until the end of the decade. Rouse won the championship again in 1985 driving a Sierra XR4Ti,[2] but this was to be his last overall title, although he won Class A again in 1988 and 1989. He was third overall in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991, before setting up the works Ford Mondeo team for 1993, hiring Paul Radisich to drive alongside himself. He retired from driving at the end of 1994, hiring Kelvin Burt as Paul's team-mate for 1995. He also ran a semi-works Nissan team in 1996, and later built a Super Touring specification Toyota Corolla which failed to find a racing team.

Since the demise of his touring car teams, Rouse spent several years trying to promote a rival series to the BTCC; his "Supercar V8" proposal was based around a spaceframe chassis, normally aspirated V8 engine, and bodywork modelled on medium to large saloon cars. This series has not yet materialized.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Saloon / Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1973–1990 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded ?–1989 in class)

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 DC Pts Class
1973 Team Esso Uniflo Ford Escort RS 1600 C BRH
3
SIL
2
THR
Ret
THR
7
SIL
5
ING
?
BRH
2†
SIL BRH
2
4th 45 1st
1974 Team Broadspeed Castrol Triumph Dolomite Sprint B MAL
1†
BRH
?
SIL
8
OUL
6
THR
4
SIL
DSQ
THR
3
SIL
4
ING
3†
BRH
3†
OUL
Ret
SNE
1†
BRH
?
2nd 67 1st
1975 Triumph Team Piranha Triumph Dolomite Sprint B MAL
1†
BRH
1
OUL
1†
THR
2
SIL
6
BRH
2†
THR
4
SIL
1†
MAL
1†
SNE
Ret
SIL
3
ING
2†
BRH
1†
OUL
3
BRH
4
1st 78 1st
1976 British Leyland Triumph Dolomite Sprint C BRH
9
SIL
Ret
OUL
5†
THR
Ret
THR
2
SIL
4
BRH
Ret
MAL
7†
SNE
2†
BRH
3
7th 47 2nd
1978 BMW (GB) BMW 520i D SIL
Ret
OUL
8†
THR
?
BRH
Ret†
SIL DON MAL NC 0 NC
Carrier Properties Ltd. Ford Capri III 3.0s BRH
Ret
DON
5†
BRH
?
THR
4
OUL
3†
1979 Browne & Day Ford Capri III 3.0s D SIL OUL THR SIL DON SIL
Ret
MAL DON BRH THR SNE OUL NC 0 NC
1980 Gordon Spice Racing Ford Capri III 3.0s D MAL
1†
OUL
2†
THR
6
SIL
1
SIL
1
BRH
4
MAL
2†
BRH
2
THR
2
SIL
2
4th 64 2nd
1981 CSH Racing with Esso Ford Capri III 3.0s D MAL
1†
SIL
1
OUL
3†
THR
3
BRH
Ret†
SIL
3
SIL
3
DON
3†
BRH
5
THR
5
SIL
Ret
8th 49 3rd
1982 Gordon Spice Racing Ford Capri III 3.0s A SIL
2
MAL
4†
OUL
3†
THR
3
THR
2
SIL
3
DON
3
BRH
Ret
DON
2
BRH
Ret
SIL
3
9th 41 3rd
1983 Industrial Control Services Ltd. Alfa Romeo GTV6 B SIL OUL THR BRH
3
THR
4
SIL
5
DON
4
SIL
Ret
DON
7
BRH
8
SIL
7
1st 61 1st
1984 Industrial Control Services Ltd. Rover Vitesse A DON
1
SIL
Ret
OUL
2
THR
1
THR
2
SIL
1
SNE
1
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON
1
SIL
1
1st 81 1st
1985 Industrial Control Services Ltd. Ford Sierra XR4Ti A SIL OUL
1
THR
Ret
DON
1
THR
1
SIL
1
DON
1
SIL
1
SNE
1
BRH
2
BRH
1
SIL
1
1st 86 1st
1986 Industrial Control Services Ltd. Ford Sierra XR4Ti A SIL
1
THR
2
SIL
1
DON
1
BRH
Ret
SNE
Ret
BRH
1
DON
1
SIL
Ret
3rd 57 1st
1987 ICS plc Ford Sierra RS Cosworth A SIL
1
OUL THR THR
1
SIL
Ret
SIL BRH
3
SNE DON OUL
Ret‡
8th 35 3rd
Ford Sierra RS500 DON
1
SIL
1988 Kaliber Racing Ford Sierra RS500 A SIL
16
OUL
1
THR
2
DON
1
THR
1
SIL
1
SIL
1
BRH
1
SNE
1
BRH
1
BIR
C
DON
1
SIL
10
3rd 95 1st
1989 Kaliber Racing Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL
Ret
SIL
1
THR
Ret
DON
Ret
THR
1
SIL
3
SIL
1
BRH
2
SNE
2
BRH
1
BIR
1
DON
3
SIL
1
3rd 78 1st
1990 ICS plc Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL
1
DON
1
THR
10
SIL
3
OUL
2
SIL
2
BRH
Ret
SNE
16
BRH
2
BIR
1
DON
2
THR
1
SIL
2
3rd 173 2nd
1991 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota Toyota Carina SIL
5
SNE
3
DON
9
THR
8
SIL
41
BRH
3
SIL
7
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
OUL
4
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

Ret
DON
Ret
THR
4
SIL
2
3rd 115
1992 Team Securicor ICS Toyota Toyota Carina SIL
2
THR
2
OUL
1
SNE
4
BRH
Ret
DON
1

3
DON
2

Ret
SIL
Ret
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

4
PEM
13
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

4
DON
6
SIL
1
5th 128
1993 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Si SIL DON SNE DON OUL BRH
1
BRH
2
PEM
Ret
SIL
Ret
KNO
1

16
KNO
2

10
OUL
Ret
BRH
6
THR
3
DON
1

DSQ
DON
2

4
SIL
2
11th 41
1994 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Ghia THR
21
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
SNE
DNS
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

19
OUL
Ret
DON
1

4
DON
2

6
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

5
SIL
Ret
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

15
OUL
Ret
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

DNS
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

8
DON
1

20
DON
2

10
11th 66
  1. ^ – Race was stopped due to heavy rain. No points were awarded.

† Events with 2 races staged for the different classes.

‡ Endurance driver.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1987 Andy Rouse Engineering Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Div. 3 ITA
Ret
SPA
14
FRA
5
GER
8
BEL
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
JAP
2
25th 58
Allan Moffat Racing Ford Sierra RS500 MPC
Ret
CPR
Ret
NZL

References[edit]

  1. ^ BTCC Profile Taken from the official BTCC website
  2. ^ Career Summary Retrieved from www.btccpages.com on 12 July 2009
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Dumfries
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1985
Succeeded by
Andy Wallace
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bernard Unett
British Touring Car Champion
1975
Succeeded by
Bernard Unett
Preceded by
Win Percy
British Touring Car Champion
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Chris Hodgetts