Thomas Schie

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Thomas Schie
NationalityFlag of Norway.svg  Norwegian
Born (1975-12-01) 1 December 1975 (age 42)
Oslo, Norway
Previous series
1999, 2008-2009
1998
1997
1995-1996
1994
1993
Swedish Touring Car Championship
Barber Dodge Pro Series
International Formula 3000
Barber Dodge Pro Series
Formula Opel Lotus
Formula Ford Sweden
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2002-2007
Rallies 10
Rally wins 0
Podiums 0
Stage wins 0
First rally 2002 Swedish Rally
Last rally 2007 Rally Catalunya

Thomas Schie (born 1 December 1975 in Oslo) is a former racing and rally driver. He previously competed in the International Formula 3000, Swedish Touring Car Championship and World Rally Championship.

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

International Formula 3000

The Formula 3000 International Championship was a motor racing series created by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 1985 to become the final preparatory step for drivers hoping to enter the Formula One championship. Formula Two had become too expensive, and was dominated by works-run cars with factory engines; the hope was that Formula 3000 would offer quicker, cheaper, more open racing. The series began as an open specification, then tyres were standardized from 1986 onwards, followed by engines and chassis in 1996. The series ran annually until 2004, and was replaced in 2005 by the GP2 Series.

Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) was a touring car racing series based in Sweden, but also with rounds in Norway. They began operating in 1996, heavily influenced by the British Touring Car Championship and the success of BTCC racing on Swedish television. There are also a number of support classes that compete with their races alongside STCC; Radical, the Camaro Cup, Superkart, Pro Superbike, the JTCC and the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. The final STCC season was in 2010, as the series merged with the Danish Touringcar Championship to form the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.

Contents

Career

Racing

Schie started his autoracing careerin the Swedish Formula Ford Junior championship. Schie, as the only foreigner in the championship, finished third. [1] Moving up the ladder Schie moved into the Scandinavian Formula Opel Lotus championship. After finished seventh in the season he joined Team Norway at the Formula Opel Lotus Nations Cup. At Circuit Park Zandvoort Schie finished eighth with this teammate Tommy Rustad. For the 1995 season the Norwegian driver moved to the United States of America to race in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. After a tough start of the season, in which he had a number of retirements, Schie finished strong. Due to two third-place finishes at the end of the season the Norwegian finished his inaugural season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series seventh in the standings. The following season was more successful. Schie won both races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The driver from Oslo finished second in the standings second to fellow Scandinavian Fredrik Larsson.

Formula Ford race car class

Formula Ford is an entry-level class of single seater, open-wheel formula racing. The various championships held across the world form an important step for many prospective Formula One drivers. Formula Ford has traditionally been regarded as the first major stepping stone into formula racing after karting. The series typically sees professional career minded drivers enter alongside amateurs and enthusiasts. Success in Formula Ford can lead directly to other junior formulae such as a Formula Renault 2.0 or a Formula Three seat.

1994 EFDA Nations Cup

The EFDA Nations Cup, was a Country vs Country competition for Formula Opel cars between 1990 and 1998. It had always been Dan Partel's dream to stage a race that pitted drivers in equal cars racing for their country. The Formula Opel/Vauxhall one make racing series offered the best opportunity for such an event.

Tommy Rustad Norwegian racing driver

Tommy Rustad is a Norwegian auto racing driver. He currently drives in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and occasionally in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Tommy is the son of former well known Norwegian racer Ola Rustad.

Following his success he returned to Europe to race in the International Formula 3000 for Bob Salisbury Engineering. The team was in their second year of F3000, Schie was joined by Oliver Gavin as his teammate. Gavin was replaced by James Taylor as of round four. All three drivers struggled to qualify for the races. Schie qualified for five out of ten rounds. The first race Schie participated in was the 1997 Pau Grand Prix. Eleven drivers failed to qualify. The Norwegian finished fourteenth out of 22 drivers. [2] His best result came at Spa where he finished tenth.

Oliver Gavin British racing driver

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Pau Grand Prix

The Pau Grand Prix is a motor race held in Pau, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department of southwestern France. The French Grand Prix was held at Pau in 1930, leading to the annual Pau Grand Prix being inaugurated in 1933. It was not run during World War II.

After failing to gain enough sponsorship for another F3000 season Schie returned to the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Since he left the series the original car was replaced by the state-of-the-art Reynard 98E. Schie returned to the series where he left of, as a frontrunner. Schie finished third in the first round at Sebring International Raceway, behind Todd Snyder and Victor Gonzalez, Jr.. The Norwegian won the races at Lime Rock Park and Cleveland. He eventually finished third in the final standings.

Sebring International Raceway motorsport track in the United States

Sebring International Raceway is a road course auto racing facility in the southeastern United States, located near Sebring, Florida.

Todd Snyder in Anchorage, Alaska is a former racing driver and driving instructor. Snyder was placed second in the 1998 and 1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series seasons.

Lime Rock Park historic district in the United States

Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue located in Lakeville, Connecticut, United States, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, in the state's northwest corner. Built in 1956, it is the nation's oldest continuously operating road racing venue. The track is owned by Skip Barber, a former race car driver who started the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

The Norwegian driver focused on his touring car career following his strong Barber Dodge Pro Series season. Schie raced an Alfa Romeo 156 TS in the very competitive Swedish Touring Car Championship. Despite missing a number of races Schie finished eighth in the championship, the first placed Alfa Romeo. His best result was a second place at Mantorp Park. Schie returned to the STCC in 2008 and 2009. He joined Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden achieving a second place in the 2008 Göteborg City Race. In 2009 Schie left the series after the first Göteborg race. Schie claimed that the team did not live up to his professional expectations. Team boss Nicklas Karlsson claims however that Schie did not fulfill his financial obligations. [3]

Alfa Romeo 156 car model

The Alfa Romeo 156 is a compact executive car produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Alfa Romeo. This range of vehicles were manufactured between 1996 and 2007 while the 156 saloon was discontinued in Europe late in 2005, leaving the Q4 Crosswagon to continue in production until the end of 2007.

Mantorp Park race track

Mantorp Park is a motor racing circuit near the town of Mantorp in Mjölby Municipality, Sweden. The circuit was built in 1969 with finance from BP Sweden as a permanent road course and a drag strip. Mantorp Park is capable of four different layouts, but today only the short and long tracks are used.

NIKA racing is a Swedish racing team, founded by former racing driver Nicklas Karlsson along with Eric Lindgren which currently competes in the World Touring Car Championship. Before that they competed in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship where they won the teams' championship title in 2011.

Rally

Following the 1999 STCC season Schie focused on his rally ambitions. After racing in national rallies and in the European Rally Championship the Norwegian made is World Rally Championship debut in 2002. He entered a Toyota Corolla WRC in the Swedish Rally. After running in the top fifty Schie had to retire from the rally following a broken transmission after special stage nine. [4] Schie won his first international rally in 2003. Schie won the Uno-X Saaremaa Rally near Kuressaare, Estonia. Schie beat Mats Jonsson among other international rally drivers. Thomas Schie won the Norwegian Rally Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He won nine rallies to collect his three titles. Schie made his last WRC outing at the 2007 Rally Catalunya. He scored his best result in a WRC rally finishing twelfth.

European Rally Championship annual rallying championship series in Europe

The European Rally Championship is an automobile rally competition held annually on the European continent and organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The championship has been organized since 1953 and have disputed in different European countries, alternating between rallies on asphalt and gravel. It was the first supranational rally championship that was organized in the world and therefore the oldest one. In 2012 it had 60 editions and in 2013 its was renewed with the merger with the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

World Rally Championship rallying championship series, highest level of rallying competition

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 14 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.

Toyota Corolla the Toyota Corolla is a compact car introduced by Toyota in 1966.

The Toyota Corolla is a line of subcompact and compact cars manufactured by Toyota. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla was the best-selling car worldwide by 1974 and has been one of the best-selling cars in the world since then. In 1997, the Corolla became the best selling nameplate in the world, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle. Toyota reached the milestone of 40 million Corollas sold over eleven generations in July 2013. The series has undergone several major redesigns.

Current life

Currently Schie is a manager at a workwear retailer and is a Formula One analyst for Viasat. He is also still based in Oslo. [5] [6]

Racing record

Complete International Formula 3000 results

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

YearEntrant12345678910DCPoints
1997 Bob Salisbury Engineering SIL
DNQ
PAU
14
HEL
DNQ
NÜR
DNQ
PER
DNQ
HOC
15
A1R
DNQ
SPA
10
MUG
18
JER
Ret
29th0

American open–wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Partial Barber Dodge Pro Series results

Year123456789101112RankPoints
1998 Flag of the United States.svg
SEB
3
Flag of the United States.svg
LRP
1
Flag of the United States.svg
DET
7
Flag of the United States.svg
WGI
6
Flag of the United States.svg
CLE
1
Flag of the United States.svg
GRA
19
Flag of the United States.svg
MDO
8
Flag of the United States.svg
ROA
6
Flag of the United States.svg
LS1
23
Flag of the United States.svg
ATL
5
Flag of the United States.svg
HMS
5
Flag of the United States.svg
LS2
26
3rd114

Complete Swedish Touring Car Championship results

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

YearTeamCar123456789101112131415161718DCPts
1999 Picko Troberg Racing Alfa Romeo 156 TS MAN
1

8
MAN
2

5
KNU
1

8
KNU
2

Ret
KAR
1

Ret
KAR
2

DNS
AND
1

16
AND
2

DNS
FAL
1

7
FAL
2

DNS
AND
1
AND
2
ARC
1

4
ARC
2

5
MAN
1

2
MAN
2

DSQ
8th66
2008 Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Chevrolet Lacetti KNU
8
STU
Ret
MAN
8
KAR
4
GÖT
2
STU
8
FAL
15
KAR
Ret
KNU
4
VÅL
7
MAN
5
7th26
2009 Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden Chevrolet Lacetti MAN
1

8
MAN
2

7
KAR
1

9
KAR
2

Ret
GÖT
1

5
GÖT
2

DNS
KNU
1
KNU
2
FAL
1
FAL
2
KAR
1
KAR
2
VÅL
1
VÅL
2
KNU
1
KNU
2
MAN
1
MAN
2
14th7

Complete WRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213141516WDCPoints
2002 Thomas Schie Subaru Impreza STi MON SWE
Ret
FRA ESP CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN GER ITA NZL AUS GBR NC0
2003 Thomas Schie Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
Ret
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR NC0
2004 Thomas Schie Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
Ret
MEX NZL CYP GRE TUR ARG FIN GER JPN GBR ITA FRA ESP AUS NC0
2005 Thomas Schie Ford Focus RS WRC '02 MON SWE
Ret
MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR GRE ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA ESP AUS NC0
2006 Thomas Schie Ford Focus RS WRC '04 MON SWE
Ret
MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE GER FIN
Ret
JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR NC0
2007 Thomas Schie Ford Focus RS WRC '04 MON SWE
14
NOR
Ret
MEX POR ARG ITA GRE FIN GER
Ret
NZL ESP
12
FRA JPN IRE GBR NC0

Czech Rally Championship results

YearEntrantCar123456789MMČRPoints
2003Thomas Schie Toyota Corolla WRC ŠUMVALKRUBOH
Ret
BARPŘÍTŘENC0
2004Thomas Schie Toyota Corolla WRC JÄNŠUMTATKRUBOH
4
BARPŘÍTŘENC0
2005Thomas Schie Toyota Corolla WRC JÄNŠUMVALTATKRUBOH
Ret
BARPŘÍTŘENC0

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References

  1. "Thomas Schie". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. "Rennergebnis: FIA Formel 3000 int. Meisterschaft 1997 Rennen 2 in Pau am 19.05.1997". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. "Conflict behind Thomas Schie dropout". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. "51. Uddeholm Swedish Rally 2002". eWRC-Results.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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  6. {{cite web|title=Thomas Schie|url=http://www.oldracingcars.com/driver/Thomas_Schie
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henning Solberg
Norwegian Rally Champion
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Mads Østberg