Drivers

Andy Priaulx

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FIVE FACTS

Climbing high: After a motocross stint in his native Channel Islands, Priaulx continued a family tradition by trying hillclimbing for size – and with big success, taking the British title in 1995 with 10 wins and eight course records.

Move to the mainland: Intent on forging a career in motorsport, Priaulx relocated to England where he worked as a race-driving instructor, while attempting to climb up the single-seater ranks. Funding was tight to the extent home was a caravan for a time, but he reached the heights of British F3 where he became a race winner.

On the path to world domination: By 2002, Priaulx was winning in touring cars. Initial success in the British championship was followed by wins in Europe as a factory BMW driver – and the 2004 FIA European Touring Car Championship crown. With the ETCC becoming the FIA World Touring Car Championship the following year, Priaulx was well-placed to savour more glory. And he made the most of the opportunity by winning the WTCC title three seasons running, the first coming in a dramatic championship showdown in Macau in 2005.

More recognition: Awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to motorsport in 2008, Priaulx raced on in the WTCC until the end of the 2010 season, leaving the championship as an 18-time race winner. Stints in the DTM and the FIA World Endurance Championship have followed and Priaulx will combine his maiden WTCR / OSCARO campaign in 2019 with a programme in the WEC with the Chip Ganassi Ford tean.

Did you know? Priaulx’s capture of three world titles plus numerous other successes has earned him a number of plaudits, including the late Sir John Surtees, who once said: “Andy Priaulx is an outstanding sportsman and a worthy champion”.

CAREER SO FAR:

1990: 1, Channel Islands 250cc Motocross Championship

1991: 1, Channel Islands Clubmans Hillclimb Championship

1992: 1, Channel Islands Clubmans Hillclimb Championship

1995: 1, MSA British Hillclimb Championship

1996: Formula Renault UK Championship

1997: British Formula 3 Championship

1998: 2, Formula Palmer Winter Series; 7, Renault Spider Cup UK

1999: 1 (13 wins), Renault Spider Cup UK

2000: 8, Macau Grand Prix; 9 British F3

2001: 2, Korean Super Prix; 6 (3 wins), British F3; 11 British Touring Car Championship; 18 World Series by Nissan; 22, Masters of Formula 3

2002: 5 (1 win), British Touring Car Championship (Honda Racing)

2003: 3 (3 wins), FIA European Touring Car Championship (BMW); V8 Supercar Championship

2004: 1 (5 wins), ETCC (BMW)

2005: 1 (1 win), FIA World Touring Car Championship (BMW); 1, Nürburgring 24 Hours; BMW Williams F1 test driver

2006: 1 (5 wins), WTCC (BMW)

2007: 1 (3 wins), WTCC (BMW)

2008: 4 (1 win), WTCC (BMW)

2009: 4 (2 wins), WTCC (BMW); 3, Nürburgring 24 Hours (SP10 GT4); V8 Supercar Championship

2010: 4 (6 wins), WTCC (BMW); 2, Nürburgring 24 Hours (E1-XP2); 18, Le Mans 24 Hours (LMGT2 – BMW)

2011: 1, Sebring 12 Hours (LMGT); 2 (1 win), Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (LMGTE Pro); 3, Le Mans 24 Hours (LMGTE Pro); 17, American Le Mans Series (GT)

2012: 13, DTM (BMW)

2013: 20, DTM (BMW); International V8 Supercar Championship

2014: 8, United SportsCar Championship (LMGT)

2015: 8 (2 wins), BTCC; 2 (1 win), European Le Mans Series (LMGTE); 1, Race of Champions Nations Cup; United SportsCar Championship

2016: 5 (2 wins), FIA World Endurance Championship (LMGTE Pro); 9, Le Mans 24 Hours (LMGTE Pro); WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

2017: 2, Le Mans 24 Hours (GTE Pro); 3 (2 wins), WEC (LMGTE Pro); WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

2018: 12, Le Mans 24 Hours (LMGTE Pro); WEC (LMGTE Pro)