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Pierre Dieudonné

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Pierre Dieudonné (born 24 March 1947 in Brussels) is a Belgian auto racing driver and motoring journalist.


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 teammates 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 JQF 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 results

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
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
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 results

(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 Switzerland Ford Texaco Racing Team Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ
5th 193
Ford Sierra RS500 BNO

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 results

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 DC Points
1988 Australia Miedecke Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 BAT

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts Class
1989 JQF Engineering Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL SIL THR DON

‡ Endurance driver.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

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

Complete Spa 24 Hour results

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

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

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


  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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