19 August 1974 |
|British Touring Car Championship career|
|Current team||Halfords Yuasa Racing|
|Former teams||Team Club 44
MG KX Momentum Racing
West Surrey Racing
|Best finish||16th in 2012|
|Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Ford Fiesta Championship
Renault Clio Cup
British GT Championship
Formula Opel Europa Cup
|2006||Ford Fiesta Zetec|
Andrew Neate (born 19 August 1974 in Aylesbury) is a British racing driver and businessman, who has driven in several different series throughout his career. He is a Director of lighting company Ceravision.
After first racing in karting, he drove in Formula First in 1997. In 1999 he went on to the Formula Opel Europa Cup and a year later he drove in the Ford Fiesta Championship. He drove in some rounds of the Production class for the BTCC in a Team CAM Mitsubishi Carisma. For 2002 he moved up to the British GT Championship, driving a Marcos Mantis. In 2004 he joined the TOCA tour with both the Renault Clio Cup and the SEAT Cupra Championship. He got a drive in 2005, in the British Touring Car Championship for Team Nuts with Daniels Motorsport in a former works Vauxhall Astra Coupe. He only drove in three rounds, finishing eighteenth in the championship with one point. In 2006 he won the Ford Fiesta Championship title, and finished first in class at the Britcar 24 Hours in a Honda Civic Type R, as well as driving at Silverstone in the SEAT Cupra Championship. A year later he raced again in the SEATs, Fiestas and the Britcar 24 in a Mosler GT3 RS where he finished second. He drove in two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain for Red Line Racing.
At the start of the 2008 Britcar 24 Hours at Silverstone, he was involved in a serious accident at the start of the race. He suffered terrible injuries including a broken neck from which he spent the next eighteen months recovering. He was in talks with West Surrey Racing to drive a BMW 320si in the BTCC in 2009 prior to the Britcar event, but the deal could not be completed due to his injury.
After recovering from his injury, Neate completed a deal to drive for WSR in the 2010 British Touring Car Championship season. Neate is the Chief Technology Officer for WSR team sponsors Ceravision. At Oulton Park he finished 9th, but was disqualified for causing an avoidable accident with Andrew Jordan.
For the 2011 season, Neate switched to Team Aon in the 'Global' Ford Focus, partnering Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole. 2011 was another difficult year for Neate, he struggled to score points and was involved in many accidents. However, he qualified third at Oulton Park but lost many positions during the first race and only finished ninth, on the last lap he was involved in a major collision with Jeff Smith which resulted in the car of Tom Boardman being written off after he was collected by Smith. At Rockingham, Neate was fined £1,500 for using abusive language towards Alex MacDowall after a dispute over an incident on track. His pace improved during the Brands Hatch meeting, however he lost out on a podium position after losing control of his car.
For the 2012 season, Neate joined the new manufacturer MG team run by Triple Eight Race Engineering alongside Jason Plato. He had another unsuccessful season, finishing sixteenth in the championship whilst his teammate Plato finished third. During the off-season it was confirmed that Neate would not be driving for the MG team in 2013, although he will remain in the championship. On 9 January it was announced that Neate was forming his own team for the 2013 season, and would drive a NGTC-specification Chevrolet Cruze.
Complete British Touring Car Championship results
(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2001 all races, 2005–present just for first race, 2001 in class) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded all races, 2001 in class) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point awarded all races)
- O'Leary, Jamie (2010-02-22). "Neate to race for WSR in 2010". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- "Board of Directors". ceravision.com. Ceravision. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- O'Leary, Jamie (2010-06-07). "Neate loses points from final race". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- Hudson, Neil (19 September 2011). "MacDowall and Neate punished for race one clash". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- Hudson, Neil (25 January 2012). "Triple Eight to run MGs for Plato & Neate". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 26 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
- Hudson, Neil (28 November 2012). "Andy Neate leaves Triple Eight MG squad". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Andy Neate establishes own BTCC team for 2013 season". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013.