Martin Schanche

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„Mister Rallycross“ in his Ford RS200 E2 (1992)
Martin Schanche
SchancheHansen.jpg
Martin Schanche (left) and his arch-rival Swede Kenneth Hansen
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1945-01-01) January 1, 1945 (age 71)
Trondheim
Debut season 1972
Current team Retired
FIA European Rallycross Championship
Years active 1977–2001
Former teams Martin Schanche Racing
Starts 232 of 233 attended
Wins 74
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, as well as the vice-champion for another eight years. With his 74 main category wins Schanche is still yet the undisputed record holder concerning the amount of overall victories in rounds counting towards the FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers. Beside his rallycross campaigns and four World Sports Car seasons he was a starter of the 1980 Rally Sweden, the 1982 Rally of Great Britain, and failed to set a new track record in the 1984 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), due to a flat right front tyre.

Schanche was born in Trondheim, but grew up at the tiny village of Leirpollskogen in Tana, the most northern part of Norway. 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 by the name of Elisabeth, and a son named 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]

Schanche is holder of a helicopter license and has operated his own helicopter. In 2000 he was involved in a crash in which his daughter was slightly injured.[4]

Racing record[edit]

Key: DSQ = excluded from whole event; DNS = did not start; NC = not classified for points; SUS = suspended; ( ) = dropped score, due to championship rules

Complete FIA European Rallycross Cup results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Position Points
1977 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 AUT1
DNS
NED1
DNS
ITA
DSQ
SWE1
DNS
FIN
NC
BEL1
NC
SWE2
DNS
NED2
DNS
BEL2
DNS
GER
3
AUT2
DNS
18th 12
1978 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 AUT
6
ITA
2
SWE
2
FIN
NC
BEL
1
NED
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
GER
2
1st 131

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Touring Car[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Position Points
1979 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 AUT
2
ITA
3
FIN
4
SWE
5
FRA
1
BEL
1
NED
4
GBR
1
GER
2
1st 130
1980 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 AUT
16
ITA
1
SWE
1
FIN
3
DEN
5
BEL
3
NED
1
NOR
5
GBR
3
FRA
6
GER
1
2nd 138
1981 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 Turbo AUT
NC
SWE
2
FIN
1
DEN
2
BEL
11
NED
1
FRA
1
NOR
4
GBR
1
GER
10
1st 121

Division 2[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
1982 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 Turbo AUT
7
SWE
6
FIN
3
FRA
9
BEL
6
NED
1
NOR
1
GBR
1
GER
3
2nd 102
1983 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS 1800 Turbo AUT
10
SWE
1
FIN
NC
FRA
5
BEL
3
NED
1
NOR
5
GBR
NC
4th 69
1984 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort XR3 Turbo 4x4 AUT
5
SWE
2
FIN
1
FRA
1
BEL
1
NED
1
GBR
NC
GER
1
NOR
1
1st 149
1985 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort XR3 Turbo 4x4 AUT
6
FIN
6
SWE
6
FRA
2
BEL
2
NOR
1
GBR
1
GER
1
NED
6
2nd 138
1986 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort XR3 Turbo 4x4 AUT
7
FIN
1
FRA
1
BEL
4
NED
1
NOR
1
GBR
NC
GER
DNS
SWE
6
2nd 114
1987 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 AUT
NC
SWE
DNS
FIN
NC
ESP
NC
FRA
12
IRE
DNS
BEL
1
NED
1
NOR
22
GBR
1
GER
4
6th 78
1988 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 ESP
5
AUT
2
SWE
(DSQ)
FIN
(7)
IRE
2
FRA
6
BEL
1
NED
(10)
NOR
(6)
GBR
1
GER
5
2nd 109
1989 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 ESP
(3)
AUT
1
SWE
(6)
FiN
2
IRE
2
FRA
1
BEL
2
NED
2
NOR
(6)
GBR
(9)
GER
2
2nd 125
1990 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 AUT
(6)
SWE
4
FIN
2
IRE
3
FRA
(6)
BEL
1
NED
1
NOR
(11)
GER
1
GBR
1
2nd 125
1991 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 POR
1
AUT
1
FIN
1
FRA
(2)
IRE
(DSQ)
SWE
(6)
BEL
(6)
NED
1
NOR
1
GBR
1
GER
1
1st 140
1992 Martin Schanche Racing Ford RS200 E2 GBR
1
AUT
DNS
POR
1
FIN
DSQ
SWE
SUS
FRA
SUS
IRE
SUS
BEL
NC
NED
5
NOR
1
GER
1
4th 92
1993 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
3
POR
6
FRA
(NC)
IRE
5
SWE
(NC)
FIN
DNS
BEL
1
NED
6
NOR
4
GER
3
5th 90
1994 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
(16)
POR
2
FRA
2
IRE
3
GBR
1
SWE
(5)
FIN
1
BEL
4
NED
1
NOR
(6)
GER
(5)
2nd 122
1995 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
(DSQ)
POR
(6)
FRA
1
SWE
2
GBR
2
IRE
(3)
BEL
1
NED
1
NOR
1
FIN
1
CZE
1
GER
(6)
1st 154
1996 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
7
POR
7
FRA
15
SWE
DNS
IRE
DNS
GBR
(NC)
BEL
9
NED
(NC)
NOR
4
CZE
1
GER
4
9th 76

Division 1*[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Position Points
1997 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
1
FRA
1
POR
5
GBR
DSQ
SWE
(6)
FIN
1
BEL
(NC)
NOR
1
CZE
(6)
GER
3
3rd 107
1998 Martin Schanche Racing Ford Escort RS2000 T16 4x4 AUT
4
POR
(6)
FRA
3
SWE
3
GBR
DNS
FIN
1
BEL
2
NOR
(5)
GER
1
CZE
4
3rd 113
1999 Martin Schanche Racing Opel Astra G T16 4x4 CZE
DNS
FRA
(NC)
POR
7
SWE
15
FIN
11
BEL
12
NED
10
NOR
9
GER
NC
11th 38
2000 Martin Schanche Racing Opel Astra G T16 4x4 POR
5
FRA
5
CZE
(NC)
SWE
7
BEL
(NC)
NED
6
NOR
1
POL
4
GER
5
5th 90
2001 Martin Schanche Racing Opel Astra G T16 4x4 FRA
(5)
POR
2
AUT
(6)
CZE
1
SWE
4
BEL
2
NED
5
NOR
3
POL
(7)
GER
(10)
4th 94

* Division 2 was rebranded as Division 1 in 1997.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
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
1 DNF DNF
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
5 DNF DNF
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanse, Arild A. (26 July 2006). "Risikerer fengsel". Drammens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://www.schanche.com
  4. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/2000/01/23/189976.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
European Rallycross Touring Car Cup Champion
1978
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
None
European Rallycross Touring Car Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Per-Inge Walfridsson
Preceded by
Per-Inge Walfridsson
European Rallycross Touring Car Division Champion
1981
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Olle Arnesson
European Rallycross Division 2 Champion
1984
Succeeded by
Matti Alamäki
Preceded by
Matti Alamäki
European Rallycross Division 2 Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Will Gollop
Preceded by
Martin Schanche
European Rallycross Division 2 Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Kenneth Hansen