ETC Drivers 1984    
Eddy Joosen

Jeff Allam  (20,3kB)

Eddy Joosen.

Age: 36
DoB: 23-04-1947
Born: Schoten, Antwerpen

Until last year Eddy Joosen was a confirmed BMW man. He won the classic Spa 24 Hours for them twice (1977 and 1982) and finished second no fewer than four years on the trot (1978 - 1981).
But at the start of 1983 he changed to a Rover Vitesse...and promptly went out and won the Belgian Grand Prix supporting race.
He went on to take a total of four wins in the Belgian saloon car championship in his Barclay-sponsored car, narrowly missing the overall title.
Not a bad record for a new car/driver pairing.

Eddy's competition career has always been confined to saloon cars.
His debut came in Belgian hillclimb events in 1970 at the wheel of a BMW 2002ti, and he won several events during the season.

Over the next two years more success came his way with second place in both seasons in the Belgian hillclimb championship, though in 1972 he also turned to circuit racing, in a BMW 2002ti.
That was swapped in 1973 for an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV... and immediate success.
He won the Belgian Group 1 championship, taking eight race wins from 11 starts. He also raced in the Spa 24 Hours for the first time, finished 17th and helped Alfa win the coveted Coupe du Roi.

Eddy prefers to forget 1974, a season spent sorting out an Opel Commodore, but he took the machine to preparation experts Juma for 1975 and the wins started returning, Eddy taking the Belgian title in both 1975 and 1976.

In 1977 he ventured into the European Touring Car Championship properly after a dabble the previous year, sharing the Luigi BMW 3.OCSL with Umberto Grano, though he still kept an interest in the Belgian title, running his own BMW 530i.
Eddy won both Spa and the Jarama 4 Hours that year and in 1978 won events at Silverstone and Zolder.
In 1979 he won three ETC rounds in his own CSL sharing with Grano and Bruno Giacomelli, though 1980 and 1981 were less successful, only the odd race win coming here and there.

With Group A regulations now in force, 1982 was another good year for Joosen.
In his BMW 528i he won at Spa, sharing with Hans Heyer and new Rover recruit Armin Hahne, took a second at Vallelunga and third places at both Monza and Zolder.
Last year was his first Rover Vitesse year and while results came in the shorter Belgian championship events, the Barclay car's best result in the ETCC was a finish at Donington.

Away from the circuits bearded Eddy looks anything but a racing driver.
He runs his own jewellery business employing 30 people and has a charm that belies his competitiveness.


© rwp Jan. 2003