Andrew Thompson (born 3 November 1987 in Byron Bay, New South Wales), is an Australian racing driver.

Racing career

Karts

He has a successful career in junior karting. His biggest win was the Australian National Sprint Kart Championship - Junior Piston Port in 2002.

Formula Ford

Thompson's circuit racing career began in Formula Ford where in the 2004 season placed him into the then new Spectrum 010 chassis and finished eleventh in his only full-time season in the Australian Formula Ford Championship.

V8 Supercar

Dick Johnson Racing

2005 saw a partial season in Formula Ford as he focused on making the transition to V8 Supercar. 2006 saw his V8 Supercar debut racing in Dick Johnson Racing's three car team in the second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series alongside teammates Grant Denyer and Marcus La Delle. Thompson finished the season in eighth position, one spot ahead of Denyer. His season highlight was winning the sixth round of the series at Mount Panorama, winning both races at the meeting where Mark Porter was killed.

DJR did not run a team in the Fujitsu series in 2007 but Thompson moved across to the series champions, Howard Racing but only completed a partial season with the team. Thompson did however take two further wins at the third round of the series at Winton Motor Raceway.

Thompson returned to Dick Johnson Racing for the endurance race season where he co-drove with Alex Davison in the team's second car. While no points were received at the Sandown 500, Bathurst was a different story with the #18 Falcon racing well all day with Davison on the fringe of the fight for the lead at races end. Eighth was an excellent reward for the duo, backing up team leaders Steven Johnson and Will Davison who finished third.

Paul Weel Racing

There was much speculation about Thompson joining Ford Rising Stars Racing full-time for season 2008, so it was a slight surprise when Paul Weel Racing announced[1] Thompson would drive for the team in 2008 after the team had previously announced it would be closing and selling its franchises.[2]

Rod Nash Racing

In 2009, Thompson joined Tony D'Alberto in the #55 The Bottle-O Racing Commodore for the endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst. At Phillip Island, the team finished in 15th Position and Bathurst the team finished in the top 10, in 10th Position.

Bundaberg Red Racing Team

Thompson rejoined the series full-time for the 2010 Season, joining Walkinshaw Racing to drive the team's #10 Bundaberg Red Commodore. The year was extremely disappointing, with Thompson finishing 30th, behind numerous part-time drivers. Thompson left the team at season's end.

Triple Eight Race Engineering

For 2011, Thompson joined Team Vodafone for the endurance events. This led to the team entering a Monster Energy backed car in the Fujitsu V8 series. At the endurance events, Thompson was paired with two-time V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup. At Phillip Island, the #88 Commodore finished in 2nd Place, behind the team's #888 Commodore of Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife, however at Bathurst Thompson and Whincup finished in 21st position due to Electrical issues. Thompson however won the Fujitsu Series for the team.

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
2004 Australian Formula Ford Championship 11th Spectrum 010 Ford Borland Racing
Victorian Formula Ford Championship 4th Spectrum 09b Ford
2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship 17th Spectrum 010 Ford Borland Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 8th Ford Falcon (BA) Dick Johnson Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 11th Ford Falcon (BA) Howard Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 36th Ford Falcon (BF) Dick Johnson Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 28th Holden Commodore (VE) Paul Weel Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 35th Holden Commodore (VE) Tony D'Alberto Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 30th Holden Commodore (VE) Walkinshaw Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 1st Holden Commodore (VE) Triple Eight Race Engineering
International V8 Supercars Championship 38th Holden Commodore (VE) Triple Eight Race Engineering
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 35th Ford Falcon (FG) James Rosenberg Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 58th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2007 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon (BF) Australia Alex Davison 8th 161
2008 Paul Weel Racing Holden Commodore (VE) Australia Paul Weel DNS 0
2009 Rod Nash Racing Holden Commodore VE Australia Tony D'Alberto 10th 161
2010 Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VE Australia Ryan Briscoe 25th 154
2011 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore VE Australia Jamie Whincup 21st 160
2012 James Rosenberg Racing Ford Falcon (FG) Australia Tim Slade 7th 161
2013 James Rosenberg Racing Mercedes-Benz E63 W212 Australia Tim Slade 26th 137

References

  1. ^ Andrew Thompson signs with PWR Racing[permanent dead link] Official Site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series retrieved on 25 January 2008
  2. ^ Weel He Or Not? Auto Action, No. 1272 January 09–15, 2008

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Winner of the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series
2011
Succeeded by