Tim Harvey

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Tim Harvey, MBE (born on 20 November 1961, Farnborough, UK) is a British racing driver best known for winning the 1988 World Touring Car Masters.

He is widely regarded as one of the finest touring car drivers of his generation, having achieved great success in both international and domestic series before he ended his top line career in 2002.

World Touring Car Masters

1988: Ford

Harvey joined the World Touring Car Masters in the inaugural 1988 season driving for Ford alongside Andy Rouse, Steve Soper and Roland Ratzenberger. Harvey shocked the paddock by beating his vastly more experienced teammates and taking six wins on his way to an unexpected title win.

1989-1990: Mercedes-Benz

Despite the title win with Rousesport, Ford opted to link up with the German Zakspeed outfit in 1989. However, Harvey received a lucrative offer from Mercedes-Benz to lead up their Class C outfit for the next two years. Harvey made the jump to Stuttgart and was joined by Mauro Baldi, Armin Hahne and an aging Jochen Mass. Class C was more challenging than the top class, with strong competition coming not only from German rivals BMW but also from strong independent outfits such as Prodrive. Harvey only managed a single class win in 1989, but was consistent enough to finish the year second in class behind Prodrive's Johnny Cecotto.

Harvey remained at Mercedes-Benz in 1990. However it was a very disappointing season as Harvey only finished eighth in the class standings, once again only taking a single class win.

1991-1992: Vauxhall

1991 brought a change for Harvey as he joined the Vauxhall Sport factory team run by German team Irmscher. He joined the 1990 Class D champion, German Bernd Schneider as the two Vauxhall drivers became the highest-paid drivers on the 1991 grid. As the Cavalier was the car to beat in the first half of the season, Harvey seemed as if he was to cement his position as one of the main candidates for the championship, with two wins and several more podiums as he and his team left Monza. However, Lady Luck then sharply turned their back against the Briton as a complete lack of reliability in the next three rounds caused him to score no points and with the Vauxhall having lost ground to BMW and Toyota, Harvey suddenly had to fight to even stay in the top 5. Eventually, Harvey bounced back with points finishes in the last three races to finish fifth in the championship.

Tim Harvey's second year for Vauxhall in 1992 started off slowly - a decent showing in Australia was then followed by an unfortunate engine failure in the Japanese feature race. Harvey then bounced back after this poor weekend with two podium finishes at Road America as he moved up 10 places in the championship standings into third position.

Later Career

Following his retirement from top level competition, Harvey became a mainstay in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, taking the series title in 2008 and 2010 - becoming the championship's most successful driver in the process.

He combined this program with a commentator role for ITV as part of their coverage of the British Touring Car Championship, with most of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB races being a part of the TOCA package.


Complete Career Results

Complete World Touring Car Masters Results

Year Team Car Class
1988 Kaliber Industrial Control Services Racing Ford Sierra RS500 A M Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png WDC Pts Class Pts
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E 1st 254 1st 369
BAT
Ret
BAT
15
FUJ
1
FUJ
3
GLN
1
GLN
1
NOR
4
NOR
2
KYA
Ret
KYA
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
CHA
2
CHA
3
BIR
1
BIR
1
MNZ
2
MNZ
2
SPA
Ret
SPA
3
NUR
Ret
1989 Mercedes-Benz AMG Team Mercedes-Benz 190E C M Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png WDC Pts Class Pts
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E 19th 60 2nd 266
FUJ
19
FUJ
Ret
GLN
14
GLN
21
KYA
Ret
KYA
23
PAU
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
BRN
13
BRN
19
MNZ
13
MNZ
25
CHA
8
CHA
17
BIR
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
SPA
12
SPA
Ret
NUR
7
NUR
16
BAT
11
1990 Mercedes-Benz AMG Team SONAX Mercedes-Benz 190E C M Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png WDC Pts Class Pts
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E 45th 13 8th 262
FUJ
20
FUJ
23
GLN
20
GLN
23
LAG
16
LAG
23
BRH
Ret
BRH
27
PAU
18
PAU
23
BRN
17
BRN
22
MNZ
23
MNZ
23
CHA
DNQ
CHA
DNQ
BIR
Ret
BIR
23
SPA
Ret
SPA
Ret
NUR
12
NUR
Ret
BAT
Ret
1991 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier M Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Sweden svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Portugal svg.png WDC Pts
F S F S F S F S E F F S F S F S F S E F S F 5th 137
AUS
Ret
AUS
9
JPN
1
JPN
5
USA
Ret
USA
6
AFR
2
AFR
2
RAC
1
PAU
4
CZE
9
CZE
3
ITA
3
ITA
3
GBR
Ret
GBR
17
SWE
Ret
SWE
13
SPA
DNQ
GER
4
GER
7
MAC
4
1992 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier M Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Sweden svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Portugal svg.png WDC Pts
F S F S F S F S E F S F S F S F S F S E F S F S 5th* 41*
AUS
8
AUS
4
JPN
Ret
JPN
11
USA
2
USA
3
AFR
5
AFR
8
RAC PAU PAU CZE CZE ITA ITA GBR GBR SWE SWE BEL GER GER MAC MAC