Sergio Hernández (racing driver)

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Sergio Hernández
Sergio Hernandez 2008 Japan.jpg
Hernández at the 2008 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.
Nationality Spanish
Born (1983-12-06) 6 December 1983 (age 34)
Xàbia, Spain
Previous series
2011
20072010
2007
2006–08
200507
2004
2003
2003
2002–04
2001
Superstars Series
WTCC
Le Mans Series
Spanish GT Championship
GP2 Series
World Series by Nissan
British Formula 3
World Series Light
Spanish Formula Three
Formula BMW Iberia
Championship titles
2008
2010
WTCC Independents Trophy
WTCC Independents Trophy

Sergio Hernández von Reckowski (born 6 December 1983, Xàbia) is a Spanish racing driver, best known for having competed in the World Touring Car Championship. He won the WTCC Independents' Trophy in 2008 and 2010.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hernández's career started in karting in 1998, lasting until 2001 when he moved up to Portuguese Formula BMW. Later in the year he also raced in Spanish Formula SuperToyota, as well as still driving in some karting events, although this stopped at the start of 2002.

In 2002 he debuted in Spanish Formula Three, driving for the Azteca team, where he would stay for 2003. In 2003 he also drove for Azteca in British Formula 3, driving some races. He also drove part of the World Series Light season. He remained in Spanish F3 for 2004, only moving to the Campos team. He got a taste of World Series by Nissan, driving part of the season for the Saulnier team.[citation needed]

GP2 Series[edit]

In 2005 he drove in the GP2 Series, partnered with Juan Cruz Álvarez, although Campos struggled throughout the season. He moved to Durango for 2006,[1] partnering Lucas di Grassi, but results were even more sparse. During the GP2 season finale at Valencia, he drove for the Trident Racing team, replacing Ricardo Risatti who had himself replaced the injured Pastor Maldonado for three race meetings.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Proteam Motorsport (2007–2008; 2010)[edit]

Hernández switched to touring cars in 2007, racing a BMW 320si for Proteam Motorsport in the 2007 World Touring Car Championship season.[2] He finished 20th in the drivers' standings that season after participating in nine of the eleven rounds.

He continued to race for Proteam in 2008 alongside Stefano D'Aste.[3] He took his first outright podium finish at the 2008 FIA WTCC Race of Japan, finishing third behind Tom Coronel and Augusto Farfus in the drying conditions of race one.[4] That year he won the Independents' Trophy for the first time.

He rejoined Proteam in 2010 after BMW reduced their involvement in the series.[5]

BMW Team Italy–Spain (2009)[edit]

In 2009 he joined the works BMW Team Italy-Spain, replacing Félix Porteiro as teammate to Alessandro Zanardi.[6]

Hernández driving for BMW Team Italy-Spain at the 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

He failed to get through to Q2 for the Race of Brazil but started ahead of his teammate. He finished in the points in his first race as a works driver. While letting his teammate pass during qualifying for the Race of Morocco, Hernández clashed with fellow BMW driver Andy Priaulx and finished the session nineteenth. Hernández retired from race two on the opening lap and his stranded car brought out the safety car. After qualifying for the Race of France, he was one of seven drivers who had their times from Q2 deleted for exceeding the engine rev limit on theirs cars.[7] He finished fifth in race one but a collision with Porteiro on the first lap put Hernández out of the race and his BMW 320si caught fire, Porteiro was issued with a drive–through penalty for his involvement.[8] He started on pole position for the reversed grid race at the Race of Spain but dropped down to sixth by the end of the race. Hernández took his first overall WTCC victory in race two of the Race of the Czech Republic, having started on the second row and passed pole sitter Yvan Muller on the third lap.[9] Race one of the Race of Portugal saw Hernandez and the Lada of Jaap van Lagen, who started 17th and 18th respectively tangle after the rolling start, pitching Hernandez in the concrete barrier. He was subsequently taken to hospital for checks on his ankle and was unable to start race two.[10] Contact from SEAT Sport driver Jordi Gené during race two of the Race of Italy spun Hernández and dropped him down the order and he eventually finished eleventh. He finished the season eleventh in the drivers' championship as the fourth best BMW factory driver and one place ahead of his teammate. In December 2009, BMW announced it was to reduce its involvement in the WTCC from five cars to two. ROAL Motorsport would no longer be involved with the German manufacturer, leaving Hernández to find a seat himself for 2010.[11]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Campos Racing IMO
FEA

11
IMO
SPR

8
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

18
MON
FEA

8
NÜR
FEA

15
NÜR
SPR

5
MAG
FEA

13
MAG
SPR

14
SIL
FEA

16
SIL
SPR

12
HOC
FEA

Ret
HOC
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

18
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

NC
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

20
BHR
FEA

15
BHR
SPR

18
20th 3
2006 Durango VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
IMO
FEA

Ret
IMO
SPR

13
NÜR
FEA

12
NÜR
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

13
MON
FEA

8
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

EX
MAG
FEA

14
MAG
SPR

11
HOC
FEA

10
HOC
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

11
IST
SPR

10
MNZ
FEA

13
MNZ
SPR

Ret
23rd 1
2007 Trident Racing BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MAG
FEA
MAG
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA
NÜR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
IST
FEA
IST
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

19
36th 0

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
2007 Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si BRA
1

14
BRA
2

Ret
NED
1
NED
2
ESP
1

10
ESP
2

8
FRA
1

14
FRA
2

Ret
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

DNS
SWE
1

Ret
SWE
2

22
GER
1

14
GER
2

17
GBR
1

18
GBR
2

16
ITA
1

19
ITA
2

17
MAC
1

21
MAC
2

15
20th 1
2008 Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si BRA
1

14
BRA
2

15
MEX
1

17
MEX
2

15
ESP
1

23
ESP
2

12
FRA
1

17
FRA
2

17
CZE
1

15
CZE
2

13
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

15
GBR
1

13
GBR
2

8
GER
1

10
GER
2

7
EUR
1

9
EUR
2

10
ITA
1

14
ITA
2

13
JPN
1

12
JPN
2

3
MAC
1

12
MAC
2

Ret
16th 9
2009 BMW Team Italy-Spain BMW 320si BRA
1

6
BRA
2

10
MEX
1

9
MEX
2

5
MAR
1

14
MAR
2

Ret
FRA
1

5
FRA
2

Ret
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

6
CZE
1

5
CZE
2

1
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

DNS
GBR
1

16
GBR
2

9
GER
1

8
GER
2

5
ITA
1

7
ITA
2

11
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

12
MAC
1

10
MAC
2

11
11th 36
2010 Scuderia Proteam Motorsport BMW 320si BRA
1

13
BRA
2

10
MAR
1

14
MAR
2

Ret
ITA
1

12
ITA
2

16
BEL
1

13
BEL
2

9
POR
1

9
POR
2

17
GBR
1

16
GBR
2

12
CZE
1

11
CZE
2

11
GER
1

10
GER
2

13
ESP
1

19
ESP
2

15
JPN
1

11
JPN
2

Ret
MAC
1

11
MAC
2

9
16th 9

Complete International Superstars Series 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 DC Points
2011 Campos Racing BMW M3 (E92) MNZ
R1

Ret
MNZ
R2

Ret
VNC
R1
VNC
R2
ALG
R1

9
ALG
R2

Ret
DON
R1
DON
R2
MIS
R1
MIS
R2
SPA
R1
SPA
R2
MUG
R1
MUG
R2
VAL
R1
VAL
R2
27th 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ van de Burgt, Andrew (17 February 2006). "Hernandez secures Durango seat". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Glenn (8 February 2007). "Hernandez switches to touring cars". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Meissner, Johan (10 January 2008). "Proteam confirms D'Aste and Hernández". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Glendenning, Mark (26 October 2008). "Tyre gamble helps Coronel to first win". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Meissner, Johan (18 February 2010). "Sergio Hernández returns to Proteam". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Hernandez joins BMW Team Italy-Spain Archived 2009-01-12 at the Wayback Machine., touringcartimes.com; accessed 17 July 2015.
  7. ^ "ROUNDS 7 & 8 – PAU, FRANCE QUALIFYING UPDATE" (PDF). fiawtcc.com. Eurosport. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Veltman, Rob (17 May 2009). "Menu wins chaotic second race at Pau". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "ROUNDS 11 & 12 – BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC RACE REPORT" (PDF). fiawtcc.com. Eurosport. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ English, Steven (5 July 2009). "Tarquini eases to victory at Porto". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Beer, Matt (5 December 2009). "BMW cuts factory line-up to two cars". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sergio Hernández at Wikimedia Commons

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stefano D'Aste
World Touring Car Championship
Independents' Trophy winner

2008
Succeeded by
Tom Coronel
Preceded by
Tom Coronel
World Touring Car Championship
Independents' Trophy winner

2010
Succeeded by
Kristian Poulsen