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CareerEdit

He spent a large part of his career competing in touring car racing. He twice finished third in the European Touring Car Championship in 1977 and 1979. He won two consecutive Spa 24 Hours in 1974 and 1975 with a BMW 3.0 CSi. He won the title again in 1981 alongside Tom Walkinshaw in a Mazda RX-7.

In 1987 he competed in the inaugural World Touring Car Championship for the Eggenberger Motorsport works Ford team driving the RS Cosworth and RS500 versions of the Ford Sierra. His team mates for the championship were West German pair Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz and Englishman Steve Soper, who was his regular co-driver. He won Round 8 of the championship, the Bob Jane T-Marts 500 at the Calder Park Raceway in Australia, which was run on a combined road course and the NASCAR-style "Thunderdome" high-banked oval, driving with Soper, and finished fifth in the championship (Dieudonné and Soper had won the Bathurst 1000 in Australia the week before the Calder race, but were disqualified for illegal wheel arch modifications).[1] He finished third in the ETCC in the 1988 season, again for Eggenberger. Dieudonné competed in one round of the 1989 British Touring Car Championship for JQMF Engineering with Chris Hodgetts in a Ford Sierra RS500.[2] That same year he was a 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans GTP Class winner with Hodgetts and David Kennedy for Mazdaspeed. The 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans saw him finish eighth for Mazdaspeed in a Mazda 787 in the C2 Class.

Dieudonné also made the trip to Australia on other occasions to drive in the Bathurst 1000. After the 1987 disqualification, he returned in 1988 to drive a Sierra alongside Andrew Bagnall (Bagnall's Sierra was an Andy Rouse 'kit car', Rouse being the pioneer of racing Sierras in Europe and one of the main Sierra's rivals to the Eggenberger team). After Dieudonné qualified the car in 7th place, the car ran into overheating problems and only lasted nine of the scheduled 161 laps. He returned in 1989 to drive an Eggenberger built Sierra for Allan Moffat Racing with Gregg Hansford, the pair qualified 14th but the car was out after only 30 laps. Again racing for Moffat in 1990, "The Dude" (as he was known in Australia) drove both team cars, recording a DNF in the car he shared with Hansford and Niedzwiedz, and 10th in the teams lead car with Niedzwiedz and Biela in what was his last race at the Mount Panorama Circuit.[3][4][5]


Career ResultsEdit

Season Series Position Car Team
1973 European Formula Super Vee Championship 21st
1975 B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship 9th March 753-BMW Bang & Olufsen Team Michel Vaillant
1975 Italian Formula Three Championship NC March 753-BMW Bang & Olufsen Team Michel Vaillant
1976 B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship 18th March 743-Toyota Dr. Joseph Ehrlich
1976 B.R.D.C. Shellsport British F3 Championship 21st March 743-Toyota Dr. Joseph Ehrlich
1976 European Touring Car Championship 1st BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing
1977 European Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing
1977 B.R.D.C. Vandervell British F3 Championship 25th Ehrlich ES6-Toyota Dr. Joseph Ehrlich
1979 European Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing
1980 Belgian Touring Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1982 World Sportscar Championship 70th Ferrari 512BB LM
URD C81-BMW
Prancing Horse Farm Racing
URD Junior
1985 European Touring Car Championship 9th Volvo 240T Eggenberger Motorsport
1985 World Sportscar Championship 93rd Cheetah G604-Aston Martin Cheetah Switzerland
1986 FIA Touring Car Championship 12th Ford Sierra XR4Ti Eggenberger Motorsport
1987 World Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Eggenberger Motorsport
1988 European Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Sierra RS500 Eggenberger Motorsport
1988 Belgian Touring Car Championship Div 2 25th Suzuki Swift GTi Suzuki Belgium
1989 British Touring Car Championship 50th Ford Sierra RS500 JQF Engineering
1989 World Sportscar Championship 46th Mazda 767B Mazdaspeed
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 37th Ford Sierra RS500 Ringshausen Motorsport
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 41st Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Racing
1990 All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship 26th Mazda 767B
Mazda 787
Mazdaspeed
1991 All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship 33rd Mazda 787B Mazdaspeed
1991 World Sportscar Championship 34th Mazda 787B Mazdaspeed

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(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 DC Points
1987   Ford Texaco Racing Team Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ
DSQ
JAR
ovr:4
cls:1
DIJ
ovr:4
cls:2
NUR
Ret
SPA
Ret
5th 193
Ford Sierra RS500 BNO
ovr:2
cls:2
SIL
ovr:13
cls:4
BAT
DSQ
CLD
ovr:1
cls:1
WEL
ovr:3
cls:2
FJI
ovr:5
cls:3

Silverstone shows overall results for all cars. For registered WTCC cars, Dieudonné finished 7th in points and 2nd in class.

Complete Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 DC Points
1988   Miedecke Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 BAT
Ret
WEL
Ret
PUK
7
FJI NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1977   Luigi Racing   Jean Xhenceval
  Spartaco Dini
BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA 294 8th 1st
1980   JMS Racing
  Charles Pozzi
  Jean Xhenceval
  Hervé Regout
Ferrari 512BB/LM IMSA 312 10th 3rd
1981   Rennod Racing   Jean Xhenceval
  Jean-Paul Libert
Ferrari 512BB/LM IMSA 320 9th 3rd
1982   Prancing Horse Farm Racing   Carson Baird
  Jean-Paul Libert
Ferrari 512BB/LM IMSA GTX 322 6th 3rd
1984   Mazdaspeed   Takashi Yorino
  Yojiro Terada
Mazda 727C C2 261 20th 6th
1986   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Mark Galvin
Mazda 757 GTP 137 DNF DNF
1987   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Mark Galvin
Mazda 757 GTP 319 7th 1st
1988   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yojiro Terada
  David Kennedy
Mazda 757 GTP 337 15th 1st
1989   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Chris Hodgetts
Mazda 767B GTP 368 7th 1st
1990   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Stefan Johansson
  David Kennedy
Mazda 787 GTP 147 DNF DNF
1991   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
  Oreca
  Takashi Yorino
  Yojiro Terada
Mazda 787B C2 346 8th 8th

Complete Spa 24 Hour resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1974   Luigi Racing   Jean Xhenceval
  Alain Peltier
BMW 3.0 CSi Div.4 194 1st 1st
1975   Luigi Racing   Jean Xhenceval
  Hughes de Fierlant
BMW 3.0 CSi Div.4 300 1st 1st
1976   Luigi Racing   Jean Xhenceval
  Martino Finotto
BMW 3.0 CSL Div.4 NA DNF DNF
1977   Luigi BMW Racing with Castrol   Jean Xhenceval BMW 530i US +2500 NA DNF DNF
1978   Luigi Racing Lotto   Jo De Gheldere
  J.P. Wielemans
BMW 530i US +2500 281 9th 7th
1979   Team Willeme   Thierry Boutsen
  Philippe Bervoets
BMW 530i +2500 NA DNF DNF
1980   Juma   Eddy Joosen
  Dirk Vermeersch
BMW 530i +2500 425 2nd 2nd
1981   Tom Walkinshaw Racing   Tom Walkinshaw Mazda RX-7 -2500 456 1st 1st
1982   Team Motul Jaguar   Jeff Allam
  Pete Lovett
Jaguar XJS Div.3 (9th Hour) DNF DNF
1983   TWR Jaguar Racing with Motul   Tom Walkinshaw Jaguar XJS Div.3 (11th Hour) DNF DNF
1984   GTM Engineering   Michel Delcourt
  Philippe Bervoets
  Jean-Marie Baert
Volvo 240T Div.3 422 15th 15th
1985   Eggenberger Motorsport   Carlo Rossi
  Didier Theys
Volvo 240T Div.3 489 4th 4th
1986   Eggenberger Motorsport   Siegfried Müller Jr
  Manuel Reuter
Ford Sierra XR4Ti Div.3 35 DNF DNF
1987   Eggenberger Motorsport   Steve Soper
  Philippe Streiff
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Div.3 322 DNF DNF
1988   Eggenberger Motorsport   Klaus Ludwig
  Thierry Boutsen
Ford Sierra RS500 Div.3 506 2nd 1st

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987   Ford Texaco Racing Team   Steve Soper Ford Sierra RS500 1 161 DSQ DSQ
1988   Andrew Bagnall   Andrew Bagnall Ford Sierra RS500 A 9 DNF DNF
1989   Allan Moffat Enterprises   Gregg Hansford Ford Sierra RS500 A 30 DNF DNF
1990   Allan Moffat Enterprises   Frank Biela
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford Sierra RS500 1 151 10th 10th
  Gregg Hansford
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford Sierra RS500 1 138 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1988). The Great Race 7. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  2. ^ Official 1989 BTCC standings Archived 30 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine British Touring Car Championship
  3. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1989). The Great Race 8. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  4. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1990). The Great Race 9. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  5. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1991). The Great Race 10. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.

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