Frank Biela

Intro German racecar driver
A.K.A. Франк Била
Is Racecar driver
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 2 August 1964, Neuss, Germany
Star sign Leo

Frank Biela (born 2 August 1964 in Neuss) is an auto racing driver, mainly competing in touring cars and sportscar racing. He has raced exclusively in cars manufactured by the Audi marque since 1990.

Career

Biela started his career in 1983 in karting before joining the Ford Youngster Team programme in 1987 alongside Manuel Reuter and Bernd Schneider. He drove for the team in Formula Ford and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (the German touring car championship), where he won the race at AVUS in 1987. Biela continued to compete in the DTM in 1988, and also raced a limited season in German Formula Three, scoring two wins. In 1990, he moved to Audi, winning the DTM race at the Nürburgring and the DTM championship in 1991 before Audi left the DTM in mid-season of 1992. Biela stayed with the company, and with the rise of the two-litre Class 2 (Super Touring) rules in other series across Europe, he was entered in various European touring car series over the following few seasons such as the French Supertouring Championship in 1993 driving the Audi 80 (in which he won the championship in) entered by Audi into the championship pairing alongside Marc Sourd. Since his French Supertouring Championship victory in 1993, he is the only standing non-French driver to win it. In 1995, he won the Touring Car World Cup race at Paul Ricard in the new Audi A4, which quickly became one of the dominant touring cars of the mid-1990s. Biela also competed in the Super Tourenwagen Cup in his native Germany during 1994 and 1995; however his home championship would bring only frustration as in both years he dominated the first half of the season, only for late-season misfortunes to derail his title challenge, losing him the crown to BMW drivers Johnny Cecotto and Joachim Winkelhock respectively. During the AVUS Berlin race in September 1995, Biela's Audi struck Kieth O'dor's already accident-stranded Nissan Primera squarely on the driver's side, fatally injuring O'dor, who died later that day in a Berlin hospital. For 1996, Audi decided to enter a works team of two A4s in the BTCC. Biela was selected to lead the team; alongside team-mate John Bintcliffe, the new Audi team dominated the competition. Biela comfortably won the title, finishing every single race and being classified in the top ten in all but two races (an 11th-place finish and a disqualification). He also capped an astonishing season by taking first place in the Guia Race of Macau. Because of the Audis' dominance in 1996, the BTCC organisers imposed a heavy ballast weight "penalty" on all four-wheel-drive cars for the 1997 season. With his Audi badly handicapped by the penalty, Biela initially struggled to make a serious impact. The weight penalty was halved at the midpoint of the season, and results immediately improved to the point where Biela finished second overall to eventual champion Alain Menu. Biela then left Britain to return to the German Super Tourenwagen Cup for 1998, but was largely ineffective. He finished a lowly 14th in the final standings as the A4 (in a new two-wheel-drive racing configuration) became outclassed by rival manufacturers. Biela driving an Audi R10 in the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1999, Biela abandoned touring cars in favour of joining the Audi R8 sports car project, racing under the Audi Sport Team Joest name. It was a good match, and Biela excelled in sportscar racing over the next few seasons, winning several classic events at the wheel of the R8 as well as three ALMS races. The highlight of Biela's time with the R8 team was three successive victories (2000-2002) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen. Audi began to scale back support for the R8 programme after the 2002 season. After winning the ALMS series in 2003, Biela returned to the revamped German touring car series, driving an Audi for Joest Racing (the team which had run Biela's R8 for his three Le Mans wins); the season was not a success. Biela continued to race an R8 at Le Mans each year with mixed results. In 2003, he missed the pit lane after just 15 laps and ran out of fuel. He finished 5th and 3rd in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In December 2005 he participated in the first runs of the new Audi R10 diesel sportscar, the R8's successor. Driving an R10 (again for Team Joest) in the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside Pirro and new team-mate Marco Werner, Biela took his fourth victory to date in the classic race. He repeated the victory with the same car and team in 2007.

Honors and awards

His greatest achievements include winning: 1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft German Touring Car Championship with an Audi V8 (he has also finished 2nd and 3rd in DTM) 1993 French Touring Car Championship 1995 short-lived Touring Car World Cup one-off race 1996 BTCC in 1996 (finishing as runner-up the year after) 1996 Macau Grand Prix Guia Race 2000, 2001, 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans with an Audi R8 2006, 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans with an Audi R10 In a 2005 poll conducted by Motorsport Magazine, Biela was voted 19th best touring car driver ever.

Racing record

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos. Pts
1987 Wolf Racing Ford Sierra XR4 TI HOC ZOL NÜR AVU MFA NOR NÜR WUN DIE SAL 14th 59
1988 Team Hein Gericke Ford Grab Motorsport Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ZOL1 ZOL2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 BRN1 BRN2 AVU1 AVU2 MFA1 MFA2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR1 NOR2 WUN1 WUN2 SAL1 SAL2 HUN1 HUN2 HOC1 HOC2 16th 25
1989 Ford-Grab Motorsport GmbH Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ZOL1 ZOL2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 MFA1 MFA2 AVU1 AVU2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR1 NOR2 HOC1 HOC2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HOC1 HOC2 13th 135
1990 MS-Jet-Racing Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo ZOL1 ZOL2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 AVU1 AVU2 MFA1 MFA2 WUN1 WUN2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR1 NOR2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HOC1 HOC2 10th 80
1991 Audi Zentrum Reutlingen Audi V8 Quattro Evo ZOL1 ZOL2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 AVU1 AVU2 WUN1 WUN2 NOR1 NOR2 DIE1 DIE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 ALE1 ALE2 HOC1 HOC2 BRN1 BRN2 DON1 DON2 1st 174
1992 Audi Zentrum Reutlingen Audi V8 Quattro Evo ZOL1 ZOL2 NÜR1 NÜR2 WUN1 WUN2 AVU1 AVU2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 NOR1 NOR2 BRN1 BRN2 DIE1 DIE2 ALE1 ALE2 NÜR1 NÜR2 HOC1 HOC2 15th 35
2004 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC EST ADR LAU NOR SHA NÜR OSC ZAN BRN HOC 17th 0
2007 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC OSC LAU BRH NOR MUG ZAN NÜR CAT HOC 23rd 0

† — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance. A non-championship one-off race was held in 2004 at the streets of Shanghai, China.

Complete Super Tourenwagen Cup 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
1994 Racing Organisation Course Audi 80 Quattro Competition AVU WUN ZOL ZAN ÖST SAL SPA NÜR 2nd 98
1995 Racing Organisation Course Audi A4 Quattro ZOL1 ZOL2 SPA1 SPA2 ÖST1 ÖST2 HOC1 HOC2 NÜR1 NÜR2 SAL1 SAL2 AVU1 AVU2 NÜR1 NÜR2 3rd 391
1998 Abt Sportsline Team Audi Audi A4 HOC113 HOC2Ret NÜR114 NÜR212 SAC1Ret SAC211 NOR120 NOR2Ret REG110 REG25 WUN18 WUN2Ret ZWE113 ZWE211 SAL114 SAL29 OSC111 OSC28 NÜR16 NÜR211 14th 242

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos Pts
1996 Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro DON1 DON2 BRH1 BRH2 THR1 THR2 SIL1 SIL2 OUL1 OUL2 SNE1 SNE2 BRH1 BRH2 SIL1 SIL2 KNO1 KNO2 OUL1 OUL2 THR1 THR2 DON1 DON2 BRH1 BRH2 1st 289
1997 Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro DON1 DON2 SIL1 SIL2 THR1 THR2 BRH1 BRH2 OUL1 OUL2 DON1 DON2 CRO1 CRO2 KNO1 KNO2 SNE1 SNE2 THR1 THR2 BRH1 BRH2 SIL1 SIL2 2nd 171

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. ClassPos.
1999 Audi Sport Team Joest Didier Theys Emanuele Pirro Audi R8R LMP 360 3rd 3rd
2000 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen Emanuele Pirro Audi R8 LMP900 368 1st 1st
2001 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen Emanuele Pirro Audi R8 LMP900 321 1st 1st
2002 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen Emanuele Pirro Audi R8 LMP900 375 1st 1st
2003 Audi Sport UK Arena Motorsport Perry McCarthy Mika Salo Audi R8 LMP900 28 DNF DNF
2004 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx Allan McNish Pierre Kaffer Audi R8 LMP1 350 5th 5th
2005 ADT Champion Racing Allan McNish Emanuele Pirro Audi R8 LMP1 364 3rd 3rd
2006 Audi Sport Team Joest Marco Werner Emanuele Pirro Audi R10 TDI LMP1 380 1st 1st
2007 Audi Sport North America Marco Werner Emanuele Pirro Audi R10 TDI LMP1 369 1st 1st
2008 Audi Sport North America Marco Werner Emanuele Pirro Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 6th 6th

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. ClassPos.
1999 Audi Sport Team Joest Perry McCarthy Emanuele Pirro Audi R8R LMP 304 5th 5th
2000 Audi Sport North America Emanuele Pirro Tom Kristensen Audi R8 LMP 360 1st 1st
2001 Audi Sport North America Emanuele Pirro Tom Kristensen Audi R8 LMP900 370 2nd 2nd
2002 Audi Sport North America Emanuele Pirro Tom Kristensen Audi R8 LMP900 327 5th 5th
2003 Infineon Team Joest Marco Werner Philipp Peter Audi R8 LMP900 367 1st 1st
2004 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx Allan McNish Pierre Kaffer Audi R8 LMP1 350 1st 1st
2005 ADT Champion Racing Emanuele Pirro Allan McNish Audi R8 LMP1 361 2nd 2nd
2006 Audi Sport North America Marco Werner Emanuele Pirro Audi R10 TDI LMP1 117 DNF DNF
2007 Audi Sport North America Marco Werner Emanuele Pirro Audi R10 TDI LMP1 364 1st 1st

Complete Porsche Supercup results

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2007 Porsche AG BHR BHR ESP MON FRA GBR GER HUN TUR BEL ITA NC‡ 0‡

‡ Not eligible for points due to being a guest driver.

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. ClassPos.
1989 Allan Moffat Enterprises Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS500 A 161 2nd 2nd
1990 Allan Moffat Enterprises Klaus Niedzwiedz Pierre Dieudonné Ford Sierra RS500 1 151 10th 10th
1997 ORIX Audi Sport Australia Brad Jones Audi A4 Quattro 161 2nd 2nd

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