Andy Priaulx

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Andy Priaulx
Andy Priaulx 2008 Japan.jpg
Priaulx in 2008
Nationality British
Born (1974-08-08) 8 August 1974 (age 40)
Guernsey
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters career
Debut season 2012
Current team BMW Team RBM
Car no. 15
Starts 20
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 13th in 2012
Previous series
1998–99
200001
200102
200304
20052010
Renault Spider Cup
British F3
British Touring Car Championship
European Touring Car Championship
World Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1999
2004
20052007
Renault Spider Cup
European Touring Car Championship
World Touring Car Championship
Awards
1999
2004
Autosport British Club Driver of the Year
Autosport British Competition Driver of the Year
BTCC record
Teams Team IHG Rewards Club, egg:sport, Honda
Drivers
championships
0
Wins 2
Podium finishes 6
Poles 6
Fastest laps 2
Debut season 2001
First win 2002
Best championship position 5th (2002)
Final season (2002) position 5th (116 points)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2010 –
Teams BMW Motorsport
Best finish 15th (3rd LMGTE Pro) (2011)
Class wins 0

Andrew Graham "Andy" Priaulx, MBE (born 8 August 1974)[1] is a British professional racing driver from Guernsey, and is a BMW factory driver. He is a European Touring Car Championship champion, three times World Touring Car Championship champion and the only FIA Touring Car champion to win an International level championship for four consecutive years (2004 to 2007). The previous record was Roberto Ravaglia's three successive championships (1986–1988).[2]

Racing career[edit]

Born in Guernsey, Priaulx has competed in many types of motorsport, beginning in karting at the minimum age of eight. After a brief flirtation with powerboat racing, he started hillclimbing while still a teenager, sharing a car with his father Graham. It was quickly apparent that he had great natural ability, and few people were surprised when he took the British Hillclimb Championship title in 1995.

After this, he made the switch to circuit racing, where after a relatively low-key couple of years in Formula Renault UK Championship and British Formula 3 he eventually demonstrated his skills were transferable by switching to the Renault Spider championship in 1998, completely dominating it in 1999. His career stalled somewhat when he returned to British Formula 3 in 2000–01. He had some success at this level, but despite finishing sixth in the championship in 2001 was unable to progress further up the single-seater ladder.

Touring cars[edit]

In 2001 Priaulx had a pair of British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) guest drives for the Egg Vauxhall team, standing in for the suspended Phil Bennett. He stunned the regulars by taking pole position on his debut at Oulton Park, demonstrating that his future appeared to lie in that direction.

Priaulx in 2007.
Priaulx driving a BMW 320si WTCC car.
Priaulx during the first free practice session of the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

The following year he was signed by the works Honda BTCC team for their 2002 campaign. He won one race and finished on the podium in two others, and the following season was signed by Bart Mampaey's BMW UK team for their European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) effort. He was in contention for the title until late in the year, eventually finishing third. Priaulx also occasionally guested in Australian V8 Supercar racing, competing at the Bathurst 1000km in 2002 with Yvan Muller in a Kmart Racing Commodore and 2003 with Cameron McLean again in a Kmart Commodore, and also the Sandown 500 km in 2003.

2004 saw Priaulx win a major circuit racing championship, as he became ETCC champion after a season-long battle with Dirk Müller. Both men obtained the same number of points, but Priaulx had won five races as against Müller's three, and this was sufficient to hand the Priaulx the title.

Priaulx repeated his 2004 success in 2005, 2006 and 2007, clinching the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC, essentially the same series, with two races outside Europe in 2005 and three in 2006) at the final round in Macau. In 2005, he won the crown with two second place finishes in the final round when his nearest rivals, Dirk Müller and Fabrizio Giovanardi both failed to score. The following year, a win in the opening race of the final meeting left him needing to finish fifth in the final event to beat Jörg Müller by a single point, which he achieved.

Heading into the final meeting of the 2007 WTCC season at Macau, Priaulx was joint leader of the championship alongside former BTCC champion Yvan Muller. He came eighth in the first race and won from pole position in the second race to claim his and BMW's third WTCC championship in a row.[3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[4]

Priaulx again raced in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW Team UK in 2009, finishing fourth in the standings. As well as the WTCC, he competed in selected rounds of the American Le Mans Series for BMW and a number of races in the Australian V8 Supercars championship, driving a Walkinshaw Racing Holden with David Reynolds at the Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races.

In 2010, Priaulx continued to race in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW and competed in several races for BMW in the Le Mans Series, 2010 Armor All Gold Coast 600 in V8 Supercars with Craig Lowndes, Race of Champions, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

On 5 December 2010, BMW announced that it would not be continuing its factory effort in the World Touring Car Championship from 2011 onwards.[5] It was announced on 25 January 2011, that Priaulx contest the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for BMW, as well as undertaking testing duties for BMW with cars from other racing categories.[6]

Priaulx competing in the 2013 DTM season.

Priaulx spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons racing for BMW in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, scoring his best result in the final round of the 2013 season at the Hockenheimring, where he finished in sixth after starting in third.[7] He switched to racing in the United SportsCar Championship in the United States for 2014.[8] In January 2015 it was announced at Autosport International that Priaulx would return to the British Touring Car Championship for 2015 with West Surrey Racing, campaigning a BMW 125i M Sport, combining his BTCC programme with racing works BMWs in the European Le Mans Series and the North American Endurance Cup.[9]

Nationality[edit]

Although Priaulx is British, he has occasionally been mistakenly identified as French, due to his surname (pronounced pree-oh /priːˈoʊ/), which is common in Francophone countries; a French national flag was displayed above the podium at the first race in Curitiba in the 2007 WTCC season.

Racing career highlights[edit]

1995
British Hillclimb champion
1998
Runner up in the Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series
1999
British Renault Spider Cup champion with Team Brask
2001
Runner up in the Formula Three Korea Super Prix
2002
Fifth in the British Touring Car Championship
2003
Third in the European Touring Car Championship
2004
European Touring Car Championship champion
2005
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring Nordschleife
2006
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the Guia Race (Race 1)
Race of Champions debutant
2007
World Touring Car Championship champion
Winner of the Guia Race (Race 2)
Race of Champions Semi-Finalist
2008
Race of Champions Semi-Finalist
2009
Race of Champions Legends Winner
Race of Champions Finalist
2010
Race of Champions Finalist
2011
12 Hours of Sebring GT Class winner

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pen. Pos Pts
2001 egg:sport Vauxhall Astra Coupé T BRH
1
BRH
2
THR
1
THR
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
MON
1
MON
2
DON
1
DON
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

Ret*
SIL
1
SIL
2
DON
1
DON
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
11th 15
2002 Honda Racing Honda Civic Type-R T BRH
1

12
BRH
2

5
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

Ret
THR
1

4
THR
2

5
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

6
MON
1

6
MON
2

Ret
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

2*
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

Ret
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

1*
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

7*
DON
1

2
DON
2

4*
−10 5th 116
2015 Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport BRH
1

9*
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

8
DON
1

12
DON
2

10
DON
3

NC
THR
1

5
THR
2

NC
THR
3

13
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

15
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

4
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

ROC
3

SIL
1

SIL
2

SIL
3

BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

9th* 126*

* Season in progress.

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2003 BMW Team Great Britain BMW 320i VAL
1

6
VAL
2

3
MAG
1

3
MAG
2

Ret
PER
1

4
PER
2

4
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

1
DON
1

15
DON
2

5
SPA
1

6
SPA
2

1
AND
1

8
AND
2

2
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

1
EST
1

7
EST
2

4
MON
1

2
MON
2

6
3rd 100
2004 BMW Team UK BMW 320i MON
1

5
MON
2

2
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

6
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

Ret
BRN
1

1
BRN
2

2
DON
1

6
DON
2

1
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

5
IMO
1

5
IMO
2

Ret
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

Ret
DUB
1

2
DUB
2

2
1st 111

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2005 BMW Team UK BMW 320i ITA
1

4
ITA
2

5
FRA
1

2
FRA
2

3
GBR
1

5
GBR
2

20†
SMR
1

3
SMR
2

2
MEX
1

NC
MEX
2

8
BEL
1

2
BEL
2

Ret
GER
1

1
GER
2

2
TUR
1

3
TUR
2

9
ESP
1

4
ESP
2

3
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

2
1st 101
2006 BMW Team UK BMW 320si ITA
1

1
ITA
2

Ret
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

1
GBR
1

8
GBR
2

8
GER
1

1
GER
2

10
BRA
1

8
BRA
2

1
MEX
1

18
MEX
2

7
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

2
TUR
1

14
TUR
2

Ret
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

8
MAC
1

1
MAC
2

5
1st 73
2007 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

2
BRA
2

2
NED
1

8
NED
2

5
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

3
FRA
1

6
FRA
2

2
CZE
1

Ret
CZE
2

7
POR
1

6
POR
2

1
SWE
1

11
SWE
2

13
GER
1

5
GER
2

2
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

1
ITA
1

NC
ITA
2

Ret
MAC
1

8
MAC
2

1
1st 92
2008 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

4
BRA
2

2
MEX
1

10
MEX
2

8
ESP
1

7
ESP
2

3
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

1
CZE
1

14
CZE
2

8
POR
1

6
POR
2

3
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

5
EUR
1

11
EUR
2

7
ITA
1

3
ITA
2

25†
JPN
1

3
JPN
2

22†
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

3
4th 81
2009 BMW Team UK BMW 320si BRA
1

7
BRA
2

9
MEX
1

3
MEX
2

2
MAR
1

10
MAR
2

15†
FRA
1

4
FRA
2

4
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

4
CZE
1

NC
CZE
2

8
POR
1

9
POR
2

7
GBR
1

3
GBR
2

5
GER
1

1
GER
2

2
ITA
1

5
ITA
2

9
JPN
1

1
JPN
2

2
MAC
1

NC
MAC
2

13
4th 84
2010 BMW Team RBM BMW 320si BRA
1

5
BRA
2

Ret
MAR
1

8
MAR
2

1
ITA
1

1
ITA
2

5
BEL
1

7
BEL
2

1
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

4
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

1
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

1
GER
1

5
GER
2

1
ESP
1

5
ESP
2

4
JPN
1

DSQ
JPN
2

DSQ
MAC
1

NC
MAC
2

7
4th 246

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6 Rnd 7 Position Points
2011 BMW Motorsport M3 GT2 SEB SPA LMS IMO SIL ROA ZHU 2nd 123
1 3 3 4 9

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 GT2 53 DNF DNF
2011 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Dirk Müller
United States Joey Hand
BMW M3 GT2 GTE
Pro
313 15th 3rd

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Final Pos Points
2002 K-Mart Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
PHI
R3
PHI
R4
EAS
R5
EAS
R6
EAS
R7
HID
R8
HID
R9
HID
R10
CAN
R11
CAN
R12
CAN
R13
BAR
R14
BAR
R15
BAR
R16
ORA
R17
ORA
R18
WIN
R19
WIN
R20
QLD
R21

Ret
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23
SUR
R24
PUK
R25
PUK
R26
PUK
R27
SAN
R28
SAN
R29
NC 0
2003 K-Mart Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
PHI
R3
EAS
R4
WIN
R5
BAR
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
HID
R9
HID
R10
HID
R11
QLD
R12
ORA
R13
SAN
R14

12
BAT
R15

Ret
SUR
R16
SUR
R17
PUK
R18
PUK
R19
PUK
R20
EAS
R21
EAS
R22
47th 148
2009 Walkinshaw Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
HAM
R3
HAM
R4
WIN
R5
WIN
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
HID
R9
HID
R10
TOW
R11
TOW
R12
SAN
R13
SAN
R14
QLD
R15
QLD
R16
PHI
Q

28
PHI
R17

16
BAT
R18

12
SUR
R19
SUR
R20
PHI
R21
PHI
R22
BAR
R23
BAR
R22
SYD
R23
SYD
R24
36th 253
2010 Triple Eight Race Engineering YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9
QLD
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HID
R13
HID
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
Q
PHI
R17
BAT
R18
SUR
R19

2
SUR
R20

10
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
NC 0 +
2011 Triple Eight Race Engineering YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
Q
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

20
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
79th 45
2013 Triple Eight Race Engineering ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
PUK
R6
PUK
R7
PUK
R8
PUK
R9
BAR
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
COTA
R13
COTA
R14
COTA
R15
COTA
R16
HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20
TOW
R21
QLD
R22
QLD
R23
QLD
R24
WIN
R25
WIN
R26
WIN
R27
SAN
R28
BAT
R29

10
SUR
R30
SUR
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
55th 156

+ Not Eligible for points

Complete DTM results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2012 BMW Team RBM BMW M3 DTM HOC
6
LAU
17
BRH
Ret
SPL
Ret
NOR
7
NÜR
19
ZAN
13
OSC
Ret
VAL
8
HOC
7
13th 24
2013 BMW Team RMG BMW M3 DTM HOC
17†
BRH
19
SPL
19
LAU
22
NOR
9
MSC
20
NÜR
16
OSC
19
ZAN
19
HOC
6
20th 10

Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of the race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Priaulx". DriverDB. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "WTCC GRAND FINALE AT MACAU – WHAT IF...". World Touring Car Championship official website. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  3. ^ Priaulx wins third Touring title BBC Sport – 18 November 2007
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 21. 14 June 2008.
  5. ^ Beer, Matt (5 December 2010). "BMW pulls works team out of WTCC". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  6. ^ English, Steven (24 January 2011). "Full BMW ILMC campaign for Priaulx". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (14 November 2013). "Andy Priaulx set to leave DTM to switch to GT racing in 2014". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Guernsey: Andy Priaulx to race for BMW in America". bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Scott (8 January 2015). "Andy Priaulx joins WSR for British Touring Car Championship return". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Grace
British Hill Climb Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Roy Lane
Preceded by
Gabriele Tarquini
European Touring Car Championship
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
series became WTCC
Preceded by
Roberto Ravaglia (1987)
World Touring Car Championship
Champion

200520062007
Succeeded by
Yvan Muller
Preceded by
Duncan Huisman
Guia Race winner
2006 Race 1
Succeeded by
Jörg Müller
Preceded by
Alain Menu
Guia Race winner
2007 Race 2
Succeeded by
Alain Menu
Awards
Preceded by
Richard Lyons
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

1999
Succeeded by
Michael Caine
Preceded by
Jenson Button
Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year

2004
Succeeded by
Dan Wheldon