Andy Soucek

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Andy Soucek
Andy Soucek.JPG
Soucek in 2012.
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1985-06-14) 14 June 1985 (age 29)
Madrid (Spain)
Previous series
2009
2008
2008
2006-08
2002-05
Formula Two
Superleague Formula
GP2 Asia Series
GP2 Series
Spanish F3 Championship
Championship titles
2005
2009
Spanish F3 Champion
FIA Formula Two

Andy Christian Soucek, aka Souček (born 14 June 1985 in Madrid, Spain) is a professional racecar driver.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Soucek's father is Austrian, and he has Austrian and Spanish[1] nationality, although he was born in Spain and has spent his life there. He races under the Spanish flag because he "feels Spanish".[2] Soucek's career started in professional karting events during 1997, although he would not make a formula debut until his Portuguese Formula Ford drive of 2001. In 2002 he continued with karting whilst driving in Spanish Formula Three. In 2003 he ended his karting commitments, moving to the EV team.

Formula Three[edit]

He remained with EV during 2004 but would also drive two races for the GTA team. 2005 would be his key year, though, with Soucek's move to the Llusia team paying off after he won the title.

GP2 Series[edit]

Soucek driving for Super Nova Racing at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

After being in contention for the 2006 Championship in the World Series by Renault, Soucek signed to race in the GP2 Series for 2007 with the DPR team. He remained with DPR for the first round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series, but was dropped after signing for rival team FMS International for the premier 2008 championship. Surprisingly, with only five days to the 2008 championship start, FMS International terminated Soucek's contract unilaterally, replacing him with fellow Spaniard Roldán Rodríguez [1]. This left Soucek without time to find a new team in time for the season start. A legal dispute resulted between Soucek and FMS International.[2]

However, he returned to race in the series after one round of the championship as a replacement for the injured Christian Bakkerud in the Super Nova team.[3] After two races with Super Nova, Soucek then returned to the DPR team where he replaced Giacomo Ricci, himself substituting for the injured Michael Herck.[4] and scoring his first championship point. Following his stint with DPR, Soucek returned once more to Super Nova as a permanent replacement for Bakkerud.[5] He achieved one podium (at Hungaroring) and several more point finishes and ended the season tied with Roldán Rodríguez as best Spaniard.

Superleague Formula and Formula Two[edit]

Andy Soucek also represented the Brazilian side Corinthians (managed by EuroInternational group) in the 1st race of the 2008 Superleague Formula season, as Corinthians main driver Antônio Pizzonia was unable to participate, because of his schedule in Stock Car Brasil.

Soucek testing the Superleague Formula prototype car at Donington Park in 2008.

From the second race on, Soucek signed for Atlético Madrid to drive their car for the remainder of the 2008 Superleague Formula season. [3]

In 2009, Soucek raced in the newly revived FIA Formula Two Championship, driving car number 22.[6] Soucek clinched the title with three races to spare. As part of his prize for winning the championship, he tested for the Williams Formula One team on 1 December, setting the fastest time of the day.[7]

Formula One testing[edit]

Soucek was confident of landing a Williams reserve drive in 2010. However Williams signed Valtteri Bottas as their official reserve and test driver. But Williams' loss was Virgin Racing's gain as on 23 February 2010, they announced that Soucek will join Luiz Razia as a test and reserve driver.[8] In August, Soucek left Virgin, stating that the team had broken their contract by not giving him any testing opportunities.[9] In September 2010 he returned to Superleague Formula, racing for Galatasaray.[10]

Sportscar racing[edit]

Subsequently Soucek switched to racing GTs, making his debut in the final round of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series season at the Circuito de Navarra for Boutsen-Ginion Racing, and joining ART Grand Prix to race a McLaren MP4-12C for the 2013 Blancpain Endurance season.[11]

He co-founded Integrated Racing Performance,[12] a racing driver consultancy company, with Derrick Vopelka and Jorge Gil in 2011.[13]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 David Price Racing BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

9
ESP
FEA

14
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

14
FRA
FEA

13
FRA
SPR

10
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

20
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

7
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

3
16th 15
2008 Super Nova Racing ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
TUR
FEA

19
TUR
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

13
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

7
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

2
EUR
FEA

7
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

9
ITA
SPR

18
14th 14
David Price Racing MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

6

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 David Price Racing UAE
FEA

3
UAE
SPR

7
IND
FEA
IND
SPR
MAL
FEA
MAL
SPR
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
UAE
FEA
UAE
SPR
14th 6

Superleague Formula record[edit]

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

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 SC Corinthians EuroInternational DON 9th 264
11 12
Atlético Madrid NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 18th 132
DN 9 5 13 6 17 16 12 16 18

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2009 22 VAL
1

Ret
VAL
2

4
BRN
1

17
BRN
2

1
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

2
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

1
DON
1

1
DON
2

4
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

2
IMO
1

3
IMO
2

1
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

1
1st 115

References[edit]

  1. ^ according to his remodeled website he holds dual citizenship
  2. ^ Autosport magazine, August 24, 2006 (p.50)
  3. ^ "Soucek replaces injured Bakkerud". autosport.com. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Soucek to stand in for Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Soucek secures Super Nova drive". autosport.com. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Spanish ace signs up for Formula Two". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  7. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-12-01). "Soucek tops Jerez test for Williams". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Virgin Racing announces Andy Soucek as test driver for 2010 season". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Soucek to quit Virgin over breach of contract". en.espnf1.com (ESPN). 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  10. ^ Autosport. 2010-09-15 http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/86697 |url= missing title (help). 
  11. ^ "Blancpain Endurance Series, Soucek signs for ART GP". sportscarracingnews.com. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.integratedracingperformance.com/irc.com/irp_about_us.html
  13. ^ http://es-es.facebook.com/pages/IRP-Integrated-Racing-Performance/282608828441651

External links[edit]

  • Personal web site In Spanish (clicking "Palmarés" key, there's a pdf CV also in English and German)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Borja García
Spanish Formula Three champion
2005
Succeeded by
Ricardo Risatti
Preceded by
Mike Thackwell
(1984 European Formula Two)
FIA Formula Two champion
2009
Succeeded by
Dean Stoneman