Martin Schanche

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„Mister Rallycross“ in his Ford RS200 E2 (1992)
Martin Schanche
Martin Schanche (left) and his arch-rival Swede Kenneth Hansen
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1945-01-01) January 1, 1945 (age 70)
Debut season 1972
Current team Retired
Previous series
Rallycross, World Endurance Championship
Championship titles
1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1991 and 1995. FIA European Rallycross Championships
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1985 - 1988
Teams Strandell Porsche, Team Lucky Strike Schanche Racing
Best finish 25th (1988

Martin Schanche (born 1 January 1945 in Trondheim), a.k.a. "Mister Rallycross", is a former Norwegian motorsport contestant. He started his racing career rather late, only in 1972 when he was already 27 years old. In 1975 he won a silver medal in the Norwegian Ice Racing Championships. Between 1976 and 2001 he competed in Rallycross, and became the FIA European champion of 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1991 and 1995. Schanche is still yet the record holder concerning the amount of overall victories in rounds counting towards the FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers.

Schanche was born in Trondheim, but grew up at Leirpollskogen in Tana. Today he lives in Drøbak, together with his German-born wife Birgit and their daughter Melissa. Martin Schanche has also two other children from a former marriage, a daughter, Elisabeth, and a son, Martin junior.

Since retiring from motorsport he has embarked on a second career as a municipality politician in Frogn for the Progress Party. In 2003 he was the subject of a lot of nationwide attention after he slapped the chin of his political opponent Torgeir Micaelsen of the Labour Party at the end of a school debate in Drammen because Micaelsen, during the debate and in front of the public, had called him a coward.[1] That attention made him an often imitated character in Norwegian radio. As of 2006, he also have been working as a consultant for Prodrive on the work of Subarus WRC-cars.[2] While active in rallycross, Schanche himself engineered transmissions and differentials for his cars. His company later on manufactured parts and modified parts for rally- and rallycross-cars.[3]

He earlied had a helicopter license and operated his own helicopter. In 2000 he was involved in a crash where his daughter was injured.[4]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
1985 C2 97 A Strandell 85
Porsche Type-934 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
Sweden Strandell Porsche Sweden Stanley Dickens - DNS DNS
1986 C2 89 G Argo JM19
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
Norway Team Lucky Strike Schanche Racing Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Norway Torgjer Kleppe
1987 C2 117 G Argo JM19B
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
Norway Team Lucky Strike Schanche Racing United Kingdom Will Hoy
United Kingdom Robin Smith
1988 C1 117 G Argo JM19C
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
Norway Team Lucky Strike Schanche Racing United Kingdom Robin Smith
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
278 25 16


  1. ^ Hanse, Arild A. (26 July 2006). "Risikerer fengsel". Drammens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
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