Driver Profile: Andrew Coley

APCsport's Andrew Coley was an unlikely candidate to become a rally driver; nobody from either side of his family has any motoring connections or history in the sport. Read on to find out a more about Andrew's career highlights, or check out our news page for a round up from each year of competition.

Andrew Coley

Born: 20th June 1976

Nationality: British

Hometown: Bexhill, East Sussex

Occupation: TV commentator, Sports / Event Presenter, Motorsport Instructor, BARS Grade A

Hobbies: Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Surfing, Swimming
Career Highlights:

2008: Andrew Coley and co-driver Dan Pearce are 2008 MSA National Gravel Rally Champions in class A6! After a break of 5 years from the UK's forests, they reach the top of the podium at national level. See the news page for details.

: Andrew is selected from 200 European entries by the French MSA to represent the UK in the international Dakar Challenge competition, with a prize of a drive with NISMO on the 2006 Dakar. Andrew and co-driver Dan Pearce impressively beat JWRC regulars (among others!) to finish a close second to an FIA B seeded Scandinavian...see Dakar news story for more details.

2004: World Rally Champion Martin Rowe assesses Andrew's skills behind the wheel of a 'works' specification Subaru Impreza. The UK Motorsport Association's magazine (left) covers the entire days' events, so the pressure is on. It's Andrew's first time in a four wheel drive turbo charged car, and he doesn't disappoint.

Rowe's verdict? "Andrew did a great job today. The conditions were difficult, but he coped well. He showed he could get to grips with the car in a very short space of time. The last run went really well, I feel he has achieved a great deal today." Click the magazine for the full story

: International Rally Team 22 Motorsport sign Andrew up after his rapid performances and award nominations the previous season. In his first season competing on gravel forest roads, which is also his first at national level, Andrew claims an outstanding 2nd in class. Click the picture, left, for the full 2001 report

: Funds were beginning to run out, but the results were still on the increase. Andrew was selected by the Motor Sport Association for the 'Fit to be Champion' scholarship, and entered the Roger Clark Award for future champions. He so impressed the awards' co-ordinator, that he was recommended to 22 Motorsport for 2001. Click the MSA logo for the 2000 season report
1999: Andrew and APCsport's first full year of competition showed the first signs of Andrew's outright speed and the team's professional approach. Regional champions in the highly competitive 1600 class! Click the laurel for a review of the 1999 season



























© APCsport