DRIVERS: HANS-JOACHIM STUCK

Name: Hans-Joachim Stuck
Nationality: Germany
Date of birth: January 1, 1951 - Grainau , Germany

The son of the great prewar Auto Union ace of the same name, Stuck made his name as a touring car driver for Ford and BMW in the early 1970s, his victories including the 1972 Spa 24 Hours. With the support of BMW he moved to single-seaters and in 1974 he finished second in the European Formula 2 series to Patrick Depailler. He made his F1 debut that year with the March team and he continued to drive for the team on an irregular basis until 1977, while also continuing to compete for BMW in touring car racing and in IMSA. In 1977 he joined the Brabham-Alfa Romeo team after the death of Carlos Pace and scored splendid third places in the German and Austrian Grands Prix, plus a fifth in the British. He was storming away with the rain-soaked US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen until he crashed out of the lead.

In 1978 he moved to the Shadow team and gradually slipped further down the Formula 1 pecking order to drive another season with ATS before quitting the Grand Prix scene to concentrate on driving sportscars for the Rothmans Porsche team. He won the World Sportscar title in 1985 and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1986 and 1987. He also won the Sebring 12 Hours, driving a Bob Akin Porsche. When the Rothmans Porsche program ended he was sent to the United States to race Audis in TransAm and IMSA GTO and enjoyed more success before returning with Audi to the German Touring Car Championship which he won in 1990.

He retired from the sport at the end of the 1995 season although he continues to race on and off for BMW. In recent years he has lived in Kitzbuhel in Austria and has worked as TV commentator in Formula 1.

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