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Andy Soucek
Andy Soucek
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Soucek in 2012
NationalitySpain Spanish
Austria Austrian
via dual nationality
Full nameAndy Christian Soucek
Born (1985-06-14) 14 June 1985 (age 36)
Madrid, Spain
Previous series
2009
2008
2008
2006-08
2002-05
FIA Formula Two
Superleague Formula
GP2 Asia Series
GP2 Series
Spanish F3 Championship
Championship titles
2005
2009
Spanish F3
FIA Formula Two

Andy Christian Soucek (Czech: Andy Christian Sou?ek; born 14 June 1985) is a Spanish-Austrian professional racing driver.

Career

Soucek was born in Madrid, Spain. His father is an Austrian of Czech descent and his mother is French.[1] He holds dual Austrian and Spanish nationality, although he was born in Spain and has spent all his life there.[2] He races under the Spanish flag because he "feels Spanish".[3]

Karting

Soucek's career started in professional karting events during 1997, although he would not make a formula debut until his Portuguese Formula Ford drive of 2001. In 2002 he continued with karting whilst driving in Spanish Formula Three. In 2003 he ended his karting commitments, moving to the EV team.

Formula Three

He remained with EV during 2004 but would also drive two races for the GTA team. 2005 would be his key year, though, with Soucek's move to the Llusia team paying off after he won the title.

GP2 Series

Soucek driving for Super Nova Racing at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

After being in contention for the 2006 Championship in the World Series by Renault, Soucek signed to race in the GP2 Series for 2007 with the DPR team. He remained with DPR for the first round of the 2008 GP2 Asia Series, but was dropped after signing for rival team FMS International for the premier 2008 championship. Surprisingly, with only five days to the 2008 championship start, FMS International terminated Soucek's contract unilaterally, replacing him with fellow Spaniard Roldán Rodríguez [1]. This left Soucek without time to find a new team in time for the season start. A legal dispute resulted between Soucek and FMS International.[2]

However, he returned to race in the series after one round of the championship as a replacement for the injured Christian Bakkerud in the Super Nova team.[4] After two races with Super Nova, Soucek then returned to the DPR team where he replaced Giacomo Ricci, himself substituting for the injured Michael Herck.[5] and scoring his first championship point. Following his stint with DPR, Soucek returned once more to Super Nova as a permanent replacement for Bakkerud.[6] He achieved one podium (at Hungaroring) and several more point finishes and ended the season tied with Roldán Rodríguez as best Spaniard.

Superleague Formula and Formula Two

Andy Soucek also represented the Brazilian side Corinthians (managed by EuroInternational group) in the 1st race of the 2008 Superleague Formula season, as Corinthians main driver Antônio Pizzonia was unable to participate, because of his schedule in Stock Car Brasil.

Soucek testing the Superleague Formula prototype car at Donington Park in 2008.

From the second race on, Soucek signed for Atlético Madrid to drive their car for the remainder of the 2008 Superleague Formula season. [3]

In 2009, Soucek raced in the newly revived FIA Formula Two Championship, driving car number 22.[7] Soucek clinched the title with three races to spare. As part of his prize for winning the championship, he tested for the Williams Formula One team on 1 December, setting the fastest time of the day.[8]

Formula One testing

Soucek was confident of landing a Williams reserve drive in 2010. However Williams signed Valtteri Bottas as their official reserve and test driver. Soucek instead signed as a test driver for Virgin Racing, joining Luiz Razia in that role.[9] In August, Soucek left Virgin, stating that the team had broken their contract by not giving him any testing opportunities.[10] In September 2010 he returned to Superleague Formula, racing for Galatasaray.[11]

Sportscar racing

Subsequently, Soucek switched to racing GTs, making his debut in the final round of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series season at the Circuito de Navarra for Boutsen-Ginion Racing, and joining ART Grand Prix to race a McLaren MP4-12C for the 2013 Blancpain Endurance season.[12]

He co-founded Integrated Racing Performance,[13] a racing driver consultancy company, with Derrick Vopelka and Jorge Gil in 2011.[14]

Racing record

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(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 DC Points
2006 Interwetten.com ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

5
MON
1

10
IST
1

1
IST
2

12
MIS
1

2
MIS
2

5
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

3
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

3
DON
1

4
DON
2

5
LMS
1

7
LMS
2

Ret
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

NC
4th 101

Complete GP2 Series results

(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 DC Points
2007 DPR BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

9
CAT
FEA

14
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

14
MAG
FEA

13
MAG
SPR

10
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

20
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

3
16th 15
2008 Super Nova Racing CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
IST
FEA

19
IST
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA

13
MAG
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

12
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

7
HOC
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

9
MNZ
SPR

18
14th 14
DPR MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

6

Superleague Formula record

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

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 SC Corinthians EuroInternational DON 9th 264
11 12
Atlético Madrid NÜR ZOL EST VAL JER 18th 132
DNS 9 5 13 6 17 16 12 16 18

Complete FIA Formula Two Championship results

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

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2009 VAL
1

Ret
VAL
2

4
BRN
1

17
BRN
2

1
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

2
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

1
DON
1

1
DON
2

4
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

2
IMO
1

3
IMO
2

1
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

1
1st 115

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results

References

  1. ^ "Andy Soucek: "En este negocio, sin dinero o padrinos no hay nada que hacer"". RTVE (in Spanish). 26 March 2010. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "El español Andy Soucek, reserva de la F1". Público (in Spanish). 23 February 2010. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ Autosport magazine, August 24, 2006 (p.50)
  4. ^ "Soucek replaces injured Bakkerud". autosport.com. 2008-05-06. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Soucek to stand in for Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-05-19. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Soucek secures Super Nova drive". autosport.com. 2008-06-17. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Spanish ace signs up for Formula Two". FIA Formula Two Championship. 2009-01-16. Retrieved .
  8. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-12-01). "Soucek tops Jerez test for Williams". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Virgin Racing announces Andy Soucek as test driver for 2010 season". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 2010-02-23. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Soucek to quit Virgin over breach of contract". en.espnf1.com. ESPN. 2010-08-10. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Beer, Matt (2010-09-15). "Jani to make Superleague debut". Autosport.
  12. ^ "Blancpain Endurance Series, Soucek signs for ART GP". sportscarracingnews.com. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ http://www.integratedracingperformance.com/irc.com/irp_about_us.html[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ http://es-es.facebook.com/pages/IRP-Integrated-Racing-Performance/282608828441651

External links

  • Personal web site In Spanish (clicking "Palmarés" key, there's a pdf CV also in English and German)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Borja García
Spanish Formula Three champion
2005
Succeeded by
Ricardo Risatti
Preceded by
Mike Thackwell
(1984 European Formula Two)
FIA Formula Two champion
2009
Succeeded by
Dean Stoneman

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