Roland Asch

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Roland Asch

Roland Asch (born 12 October 1950 in Altingen, Germany) is a race car driver from Ammerbuch, near Stuttgart. Asch was a distinctive figure on the German motor racing scene in the 1990s for his prominent Swabian dialect and animated facial expressions while driving.

His career started 1973 with slalom before moving to hillclimbing to become German Champion in 1981. After racing also on circuits in the lower Trophy division of the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, he made his Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) début at age 34 in 1985. From 1985 to 1994 Asch consistently drove for Mercedes in DTM, moving to the German Supertouring Championship (STW) in 1995 for four years when the DTM faltered.

Incidents[edit]

At the end of the 1999 and final STW season at the Nürburgring, Asch was accused by some of hitting an opponent intentionally to support his Opel teammate Uwe Alzen.

Asch was called into the pits for a jump start penalty, yet he was focused on racing like he always is, later stating that his radio had failed. On the last lap, he was driving behind championship contenders and race leaders Alzen and Christian Abt, who were to lap Abt's teammate Kris Nissen. With the championship going Alzen's way as per the running order, Nissen tangled with Alzen which put Abt in the lead and on course for the trophy. Asch then hit the Audi of Abt in the last corner, handing the cup back to Alzen, who came home second with his damaged car. While this incident was initially mainly considered a race accident, Asch was still punished for ignoring the penalty, and some fans even called him Arsch. Alzen had celebrated immediately after the race, but the championship was given to Abt in November after Asch's move on him in the last corner was considered deliberate action by a DMSB court of appeal, based on video evidence.

In Alemannenring (Singen), in 1994, he caused another similar incident. To prevent Alessandro Nannini won the championship, Asch hit him on purpose, giving the win to teammate Klaus Ludwig.

Similar incidents caused by others had occurred earlier. One case in 1990 involved a young Michael Schumacher as the culprit who decided the DTM championship in the first corner by taking out a contender.

Apart from touring car racing, Asch was also busy in Porsche series. He won the German Porsche 944 Turbo Cup twice, in 1988 and 1989,[1] before winning the German Porsche Carrera Cup in 1991.

Well in his 50s, Asch has returned to the German Porsche Carrera Cup, where he raced until 2003, bar a one-off race during the 2004 season.

In 2004 he also drove some races in the European Touring Car Championship for RS-Line Ford, the brand he runs a dealership for at Ammerbuch.

Since the 1999 24 Hours Nürburgring, he races the Nissan Skyline GT-R entry of Japanese team Falken every year as their lead driver.

Currently, he is supporting his son Sebastian Asch, who is racing in the SEAT León Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Long, Brian (15 October 2008). Porsche Racing Cars: 1976 to 2005. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 978-1-904788-45-4. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 

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