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Hans-Joachim Stuck
HansJoachimStuck2008.jpg
Nationality Germany German
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1974-1979
Teams March, Brabham, Shadow, ATS
Races 81 (74 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 29
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
Last race 1979 United States Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1972, 1972, 1973, 1972, 1999
Teams Ford, BMW Motorsport, BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport, Porsche
Best finish 1st (1986, 1987)
Class wins 3 (1999)

Hans-Joachim "Striezel" Stuck (born 1 January 1951) is a German racing driver who has competed in Formula One and many other categories. He is the son of the legendary Hans Stuck. As a young boy, his father taught him driving on the Nürburgring. In 1969 he started his first ever motor race at the Nordschleife. Speaking about that day he said, "Getting to the grid was extremely exciting. All of a sudden, my wishes to become a racer came true. I just wanted to start the race and give everybody hell!"[1] Remarkably, the following year, at just 19 years of age, he won his first 24 hours race at the wheel of a BMW 2002TI. He won there again in 1998 and 2004, too, each time with a BMW touring car.

The always friendly and funny, tall and blond Bavarian, who is living in Austria, was immediately after his birth nicknamed Striezel by his grandmother, as she claimed that the newborn baby looked like one of the famous Stollen cakes of her Saxony area. He is also nicknamed "Regenmeister" ("Rainmaster") for his ability to race on wet tracks.

In 1972, Stuck teamed up with Jochen Mass to drive a Ford Capri RS2600 to victory at the Spa 24 Hours endurance race in Belgium. His campaigns racing the BMW 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" were very successful in 1974 and 1975, in the German DRM as well as in the USA together with Ronnie Peterson. Later in the 1970s he raced the turbo-charged BMW 320i.

After some success in Formula 2 with a March-BMW, he also entered F1 with March. Overall, Stuck participated in 81 Grands Prix, debuting on 13 January 1974. He achieved 2 podiums and scored 29 championship points. Stuck was quite successful at Brabham-Alfa in 1977, leading the 1977 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in the rain, but was replaced by Niki Lauda for 1978. Stuck missed an opportunity to join Williams F1 just before this team became successful.

Due to his height of 194 cm, he did not fit well into the F1 cars of the late 1970s that had the cockpit moved forward. Leaving F1 at that time probably spared him bad injuries to the leg, as suffered by Ronnie Peterson, Clay Regazzoni, Marc Surer and others.

Stuck continued racing touring and sports cars all over the world, winning the 24 hours of Le Mans twice with a Porsche 962. Stuck says the 962 is the favourite racecar he has driven during his career, describing it has having the "perfect combination of power and downforce".[1]

In the 1990s he tasted touring car success, winning the DTM Championship in 1990 with Audi, before returning to Porsche until the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1998. He resumed an official role with BMW after that. In 2006, Stuck raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired Formula One drivers after scoring 6th in the first race event at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa on 11-13 November 2005.

January 2008 saw Hans begin his current position with Volkswagen Motorsport.[2] This role has also seen him use his experience to help refine road cars, including the new Golf VI GTI.[3]


Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1974 March Engineering March 741 Cosworth V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
5
ESP
4
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
NED
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
Ret
GER
7
AUT
11
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
DNQ
16th 5
1975 Lavazza March March 751 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
NED
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
8
NC 0
1976 March Racing March 761 Cosworth V8 BRA
4
RSA
12
ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
4
SWE
Ret
FRA
7
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
5
JPN
Ret
13th 8
Theodore Racing USW
Ret
1977 Team Rothmans International March 761B Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
Ret
11th 12
Martini Racing Brabham BT45B Alfa Romeo Flat-12 USW
Ret
ESP
6
MON
Ret
BEL
6
SWE
10
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
3
AUT
3
NED
7
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
JPN
7
1978 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Cosworth V8 ARG
17
BRA
Ret
RSA
DNQ
18th 2
Shadow DN9 USW
DNS
MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
ESP
Ret
SWE
11
FRA
11
GBR
5
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
1979 ATS Wheels ATS D2 Cosworth V8 ARG
DNS
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
DSQ
ESP
14
BEL
8
MON
Ret
FRA
DNS
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
20th 2
ATS D3 AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
11
CAN
Ret
USA
5

References

  1. ^ a b AUSringers.com Hans-Joachim Stuck interview Retrieved 2009-04-04
  2. ^ hansstuck.com Hans-Joachim Stuck career Retrieved 2009-04-04
  3. ^ AUSmotive.com 2009 Mk6 Golf GTI image gallery Retrieved 2009-04-04

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft Champion
1972
Succeeded by
Dieter Glemser
Preceded by
Herbert Adamzyck
Guia Race winner
1980
Succeeded by
Manfred Winkelhock
Preceded by
Helmut Greiner
Guia Race winner
1983
Succeeded by
Tom Walkinshaw
Preceded by
Stefan Bellof
World Sportscar Championship Champion
1985,
with Derek Bell
Succeeded by
Derek Bell (1986)
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
Paolo Barilla
Louis Krages
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1986 with:
Derek Bell
Al Holbert
Succeeded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Preceded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1987 with:
Derek Bell
Al Holbert
Succeeded by
Jan Lammers
Johnny Dumfries
Andy Wallace
Preceded by
Roberto Ravaglia
German Touring Car Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Frank Biela
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