Roland Asch

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Roland Asch

Roland Asch (born 12 October 1950 in Altingen, West Germany) is a race car driver from Ammerbuch, near Stuttgart. Asch was a distinctive figure on the German motor racing scene in the 1990s.

Asch's career started in 1973 with slalom before moving to hillclimbing to become German Champion in 1981. After racing 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 drove for Mercedes in DTM, moving to the German Supertouring Championship (STW) in 1995 for four years when the DTM faltered.

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.

In his 50s, Asch 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 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, Asch 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.

Incidents[edit]

In 1994, Asch was involved in a controversial incident in DTM at the Alemannenring. Alessandro Nannini, racing for rivals Alfa Romeo, was running directly ahead of Asch. While closing on a car in front, Nannini momentarily locked his rear wheels on the entry to the hairpin. He then regained control and took the racing line into the corner. Asch, either intentionally or misjudging the braking spot and line of Nannini, plowed into the side of Nannini, spinning him and damaging his car. As a result of this, Asch's Mercedes teammate Klaus Ludwig won the championship. After entering the pits, Nannini rejoined behind Asch and intentionally rammed him off the track in revenge at the same hairpin.

At the end of the 1999 and final STW season at the Nürburgring, Asch was again 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, but later stated that his radio had failed. On the last lap, he was driving behind championship contenders and race leaders Alzen and Christian Abt, who were about to lap Abt's teammate Kris Nissen. With the championship already going Abt's way as per the running order, Nissen tangled with Alzen on the second-to-last corner, causing heavy damage to Alzen's car. Asch then hit the Audi of Abt in the last corner, handing the cup to Alzen, who came home second with his damaged car.[2] While this incident was initially considered a race accident[citation needed], Asch was punished for ignoring the penalty. Alzen 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.[citation needed]

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.

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. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_CHLaZyizo

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joachim Winkelhock
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
1987–1989
Succeeded by
Olaf Manthey
Preceded by
Olaf Manthey
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
1991
Succeeded by
Uwe Alzen