George Fouché

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George Fouché
Jordan F1 Test.jpg
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1965-05-15) 15 May 1965 (age 49)
Pretoria, South Africa
Awards

1989 The Hero Award from the Japanese Automobile Federation (see Fuji)

1984 Springbok Colours[1]
1984 Young South African Sportsman of the Year (nominated)

George Robert Fouché (born 15 May 1965 in Pretoria, South Africa) nicknamed "Fast Fouché" is a former South African and international motorsport race car driver and South African Formula 1 Powerboat pilot. He retired from competition in 2005.

George Fouché grew up on his father's brick factory, and by the age of 6 he was able to drive a bulldozer. His passion for motorsport began when he started driving go-carts in races at the age of 8. This continued until he was able to race cars at the age of 16.

At 16 he got his first competition licence from Motorsport South Africa and started competing in motorsport while he was still not allowed to drive on public roads.

George has a very large scar over his left eye that many[who?] believe is a result of a motorsport accident. In fact, he got the scar when on his 8th birthday - he was teaching someone to drive a tractor. While teaching him, the tractor accidentally jerked and George fell off and the tyre rode over the side of his head, causing a massive cut that went half way around his head.

Due to his extensive travels between Japan and South Africa, he was actually booked on the ill-fated South African Airways Flight 295, The Helderberg, which crashed off Mauritius on 28 November 1987 en route from Taiwan to South Africa, but missed the flight when his connecting flight from Japan to Taiwan was cancelled due to a typhoon.

On 2 April 2007, he suffered a perforated ulcer which was misdiagnosed as pancreatitis. He spent 63 days in intensive care in Montana Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa and was released on 6 June 2007.

International racing career[edit]

At 17, he raced in the Kyalami World Sportscar Championship 1000 km on 10 December 1983 in a Kremer Racing Porsche CK5 with co-drivers Franz Konrad and Kees Kroesemeijer, but was disqualified for a push start.

While racing in round three of the 1989 Fuji Long Distance Series, George came across the burning car of Oscar Larrauri that had just crashed. Oscar was still in the car, and noticing that the marshals were not equipped to deal with the fire, George stopped his car and pulled Oscar out. George eventually finished 2nd in the race, which would eventually cost him the championship. George received an impromptu "The Hero Award" from the Japanese Automobile Federation while on the podium.

While qualifying for the Fuji 1000 km race in October 1992, one of his car's tyres burst, sending him head-on into a concrete wall at 280 km/h. George's foot was crushed and he spent 7 months on crutches.

In 1993, George test drove the Sasol Jordan Grand Prix Formula 1 car at the Siverstone Circuit in England.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Year Co-Driver Result
1984[2] Jürgen Lässig, Germany
John Graham, Canada
DNF
1985[3] Mario Hytten, Switzerland
Sarel van der Merwe, South Africa
5th
1986[4] Emilio de Villota, Spain
Fermin Velez, Spain
4th
1987[5] Franz Konrad, Austria
Wayne Taylor, South Africa
4th
1988[6] Kris Nissen, Denmark
Harald Grohs,Germany
8th
1989[7] Hideki Okada, Japan
Masanori Sekiya, Japan
DNF
1990[8] Steven Andskär, Sweden
Syunji Kasuya, Japan
13th
1991[9] Steven Andskär, Sweden DNF
1992[10] Stefan Johansson, Sweden
Steven Andskär, Sweden
Category 2 winner
1993[11] Eje Elgh, Sweden
Steven Andskär, Sweden
6th
1994[12] Steven Andskär, Sweden
Bob Wollek, France
4th
1995[13] Steven Andskär, Sweden
Thomas Danielsson, Sweden
DNA
1996[14] Steve Fossett,United States
Stanley Dickens, Sweden
DNF
1997[15] Geoff Lees, United Kingdom
Tiff Needell, United Kingdom
DNF

World Sportscar Championship (Europe)[edit]

. 1983[16] 1984[16] 1985[16] 1986[16] 1987[16] 1988[16] 1989[16] 1990[16] 1991[16]
Points 0 0 0 16th 10th 0 17th 0 12th
Championship rank N/A N/A N/A 29th 34th N/A 25th N/A 27th

All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (Japan)[edit]

. 1985[17] 1986[17] 1987[17] 1988[17] 1989[17] 1990[17] 1991[17]
Points 6th N/A N/A 17th 55th 47th 52nd
Championship rank 29th N/A N/A 20th 3rd 5th 8th

Fuji Long Distance Series[edit]

1985[18] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver N/A N/A Vern Schuppan, Australia
Keiichi Suzuki, Japan
Vern Schuppan, Australia
Keiichi Suzuki, Japan
Position N/A N/A 6th 6th
1986[19] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver Vern Schuppan, Australia
Keiichi Suzuki, Japan
Vern Schuppan, Australia
Keiichi Suzuki, Japan
Vern Schuppan, Australia
Keiichi Suzuki, Japan
N/A
Position DNF / Engine 1st 6th N/A
1987[20] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver N/A N/A Franz Konrad, Austria N/A
Position N/A N/A 12 N/A
1988[21] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver Vern Schuppan, Australia Vern Schuppan, Australia Vern Schuppan, Australia Vern Schuppan, Australia
Position DNF / Electrics DNF / Engine
Fastest Lap
DNF / Engine 10
1989[22] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver Steven Andskär, Sweden Steven Andskär, Sweden Steven Andskär, Sweden Steven Andskär, Sweden
Position DNF / hub bearing 2nd 2nd 2nd
1990[23] Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Co-driver Steven Andskär, Sweden Steven Andskär, Sweden,
Shunji Kasuya Japan
Steven Andskär, Sweden Steven Andskär, Sweden
Position 3rd Unknown 2nd DNF / engine

Imsa[edit]

He competed in the 2nd round of the 1993[24] Imsa series in Miami alongside Wayne Taylor in an Intrepid RM1 Chevrolet GTP. They finished 5th.

He also competed in the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona alongside[25] fellow South Africans, Hilton Cowie and Stephan Watson driving a Lotus Esprit S300 in the GTU class. On the 354 lap the car suffered engine failure.

South African racing career[edit]

  • F1 Powerboat (South Africa)
  • Sascar
    2000 Champion[26]
  • Wesbank V8
  • Formula Atlantic

George competed in the South African Formula Atlantic Championship in 1983[27] before starting his international career in the World Sportscar Championship in Europe in 1984.

  • Group N
  • Formula Ford
  • Rally

Post racing career[edit]

He now owns Dermalamp South Africa, a company that manufactures and sells phototherapy equipment for the management of Psoriasis and Eczema.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.motorsport.co.za/Scoring/scoresheets/01_GCR_2007.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1984.htm
  3. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1985.htm
  4. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1986.htm
  5. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1987.htm
  6. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1988.htm
  7. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1989.htm
  8. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1990.htm
  9. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1991.htm
  10. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1992.htm
  11. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1993.htm
  12. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1994.htm
  13. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1995.htm
  14. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1996.htm
  15. ^ http://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/le_mans_1997.htm
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/wscc/tablems.html
  17. ^ a b c d e f g http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/jspc/tablejspc.html
  18. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1985.html
  19. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1986.html
  20. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1987.html
  21. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1988.html
  22. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1989.html
  23. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1990.html
  24. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/imsa/imsa1993.html
  25. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/imsa/imsa1994.html#1
  26. ^ http://www.dispatch.co.za/2000/12/12/features/MOT2.HTM?proceed=1&counter=1
  27. ^ http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=55452&mode=threaded&pid=1225500