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15 May 1965 |
Pretoria, South Africa
1989 The Hero Award from the Japanese Automobile Federation (see Fuji)
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.
International racing career
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.
24 Hours of Le Mans
Sarel van der Merwe,
|1986||Emilio de Villota,
|Category 2 winner|
World Sportscar Championship (Europe)
All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (Japan)
Fuji Long Distance Series
|1985||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|1986||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|Position||DNF / Engine||1st||6th||N/A|
|1987||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|1988||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|Co-driver||Vern Schuppan,||Vern Schuppan,||Vern Schuppan,||Vern Schuppan,|
|Position||DNF / Electrics||DNF / Engine
|DNF / Engine||10|
|1989||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|Co-driver||Steven Andskär,||Steven Andskär,||Steven Andskär,||Steven Andskär,|
|Position||DNF / hub bearing||2nd||2nd||2nd|
|1990||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4|
|Co-driver||Steven Andskär,||Steven Andskär, ,
|Steven Andskär,||Steven Andskär,|
|Position||3rd||Unknown||2nd||DNF / engine|
He also competed in the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona alongside 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
- F1 Powerboat (South Africa)
- Wesbank V8
- Formula Atlantic
George competed in the South African Formula Atlantic Championship in 1983 before starting his international career in the World Sportscar Championship in Europe in 1984.
- Group One Racing
- Group N
- Formula Ford
Post racing career
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.