Simon Harrison (born 6 September 1969 in Northampton) is a British racing driver. He won two National Saloon Car Championships in 1994 and 1999, as well as the Production Class of the British Touring Car Championship in 2001.
Harrison is best known for his time as a Peugeot factory driver in the 1995 British Touring Car Championship driving a 405 Mi16. This was after first season in saloon cars, winning the National Saloon Car Championship as part of the Team Castrol Honda scholarship squad. Prior to this, Harrison successfully raced in single seaters and was nominated for the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.
- 1982 Regional karting champion.
- 1985 Winner of karting’s Golden Steering Wheel Award.
- 1986 Sixth in the Junior British Championships.
Single seater careerEdit
- 1987 Winner of the Jim Russell Racing Driver’s School 30th Anniversary Scholarship.
- 1988 Winner the First Time Racing Driver’s Scholarship.
- 1989 Formula First Championship, third place.
- 1990 Formula Ford Championship, fifth place.
- 1991 Formula Ford Championship, third place.
- 1993 Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship, third place.
Unable to secure financial backing to move into Formula 3 racing, Harrison instead tried out for the Team Castol Honda scholarship, a manufacturer-backed program to recruit racing talent. Harrison secured a place in the three-car team, won the first round of the championship and subsequently led the championship from start to finish.
Saloon car careerEdit
- 1994 National Saloon Car Championship with Team Castrol Honda. Championship win, six race wins, eight pole positions, four lap records.
- 1995 British Touring Car Championship for Total Team Peugeot, the youngest driver in the series.
- 1996 Touring car test and reserve driver for Honda Europe.
- 1998 Spa 24 Hours for Honda.
- 1999 National Saloon Car Championship driving a Honda Integra Type-R for GR Motorsport. Championship win, five race wins, six pole positions, four lap records.
- 2000 National Saloon Car Championship driving a Ford Focus for GR Motorsport, fourth place.
- 2001 British Touring Car Championship Production Class driving a Peugeot 306 GTi6. Championship win, 8 race wins, 8 pole positions, 3 lap records.
- 2002 Macau Grand Prix driving a Honda Integra Type-R, setting a new lap record.
- 2004 European Touring Car Championship driving a Honda Civic Type-R for GR Motorsport.
- 2005 World Touring Car Championship driving a Honda Accord Euro R for JAS Motorsport. Raced in last round at Macau.
At the end of the 2005 season, Harrison retired from racing to concentrate on motor sport filming. He is now the Managing Director of Kingdom Creative, a specialist motor manufacturer and motor sport filming company.
- Simon Harrison career summary at DriverDB.com