Hans-Joachim Stuck

Full Name:
Hans-Joachim Stuck von Villiez
Born:
1st January 1951 (Age 66)
Grainau, Bavaria
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Although Hans-Joachim Stuck never quite made the grade in Formula 1, he has been one of the greatest and most spectacular sports car stars of all time. The son of pre-war Grand Prix winner Hans Stuck, he first raced a BMW 2002Ti at the Nürburgring when 18 years old and won the circuit’s inaugural 24-hour race a year later in 1970.

Further touring car success followed with victory in the 1972 Spa 24 Hours when sharing a works Ford Capri RS2600 with Jochen Mass. He ended the year by winning the German Racing Championship for sports cars to confirm a new star.

Formula 1 and F2 with March

He had already made his Formula 2 debut at the Nürburgring in 1971 and Stuck concentrated on that category in 1973 driving a works March 732-BMW. On pole position at the Nürburgring, he made his GP debut for the team in the 1974 Argentine GP. Stuck finished fifth in his third GP (South Africa) and was fourth next time out in Spain. However, he failed to qualify on a couple of occasions during an inconsistent campaign. He also ran a parallel F2 programme and dominated early on – winning the first two rounds before eventually finishing as runner-up behind Patrick Depailler.

Stuck always showed promise in sports cars and the 1975 Sebring 12 Hours with a BMW 3.0 CSL was the first of five victories in IMSA that year. Initially overlooked for F1 in favour of Lella Lombardi, he returned to March at mid-season and qualified fourth in Austria but finished no higher than eighth. He remained with the team for 1976 and opened the season with fourth position in the Brazilian GP. He repeated that result in Monaco and won two F2 races at Hockenheim but his career needed to progress.

Podium finishes for Brabham

That opportunity came amid tragedy. Carlos Pace was killed in a light plane accident in March 1977 and Stuck was drafted into his Martini Brabham BT45B-Alfa Romeo. He finished third in the German and Austrian GPs and led the first 14 laps in America before crashing after his car jumped out of gear at the first corner.

Replaced by double world champion Niki Lauda for 1978, Stuck chose Shadow rather than Williams for the new season. While the latter were at the start of an ever-more competitive period that concluded with world championship success, Stuck endured an uncompetitive year and was similarly disappointing in his final F1 season with ATS in 1979.

Subsequent successful career

Finished with GP racing, his career really took off with the Rothmans Porsche sports car team. He won the 1985 World Championship with co-driver Derek Bell and followed that success with victories at Le Mans in 1986 and 1987.

Stuck later defected to Audi and was at the forefront of its four-wheel-drive campaigns in Trans-Am, IMSA GTO and the German DTM series – winning the latter series in 1990 with a Schmidt Motor Sport Audi V8 Quattro. He won a couple of races in the 1996 FIA GT Championship with a works Porsche 911 GT1 and scored a third success in the Nürburgring 24 Hours for BMW in 2004.

He survived brain surgery to remove a blood clot in 2010 and the 60-year-old announced his retirement from racing after competing in the following year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.

His flamboyance and attacking style made him a crowd favourite but his F1 results do not do the man justice. He was a champion in sports cars with oodles of star quality and charm to match.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2006 Grand Prix Masters
Grand Prix Masters
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2005 Grand Prix Masters
Grand Prix Masters
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1997 FIA GT Championship 17th 10
1996 International Touring Car Series
Team Rosberg
26 2 2 2
8% win rate
9th 112
1996 Global Endurance GT Championship
Porsche
2 2 2 2 0
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schmidt Motorsport Technik
12 0 1 0
0% win rate
18th 21
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Joest Racing
1 0 0 0 43rd 4
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schmidt Motorsport Technik
24 2 8 4
17% win rate
3rd 158
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
3 0 0 0 31st 2
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schmidt Motorsport Technik
22 4 10 7
32% win rate
1st 189
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Porsche
1 1 1 0 22nd 45
1988 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Bayside Motorsports
1 0 1 1 0
1987 1987 Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft 1st -
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
Rothmans Porsche
Porsche
9 4 6 1 5th 99 (107)
1986 1986 Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft 1st -
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Rothmans Porsche
Joest Racing
8 2 5 2 2nd 82
1986 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Bob Akin
1 0 1 1 0
1985 World Endurance Championship
Rothmans Porsche
10 3 7 3 1st 117
1984 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Brun Motorsport
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
16th 37.5
1984 World Endurance Championship
Brun Motorsport
Trust Engineering
5 0 3 1 8th 54
1983 World Endurance Championship
Brun Motorsport
4 (1) 0 0 0 32nd 10
1982 World Endurance Championship
Team GS Sport
6 0 0 0 103rd 2
1981 World Endurance Championship
Gerhard Schneider
Team GS Sport
Bavarian Motors International
6 0 1 1 85th 27.5
1980 World Championship of Makes
Dominique Lacaud
BMW
3 0 1 0 12
1980 BMW M1 Procar
Project 4 Racing
GS Team
9 0 4 2
23% win rate
3rd 71
1979 F1 World Championship
ATS Wheels
12 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 2
1979 BMW M1 Procar
Manfred Cassani
8 0 3 2
25% win rate
2nd 73
1979 European F2 Championship
Polifac BMW Junior Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 World Championship of Makes
BMW Alpina
4 0 1 0 18
1978 F1 World Championship
Shadow Racing Team
14 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 2
1977 World Championship of Makes 3 0 0 0 0
1977 F1 World Championship
March Engineering
Martini Racing (Brabham)
15 0 2 0
0% win rate
11th 12
1977 European F2 Championship
Project 4 Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1976 F1 World Championship
March Engineering
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 8
1976 European F2 Championship
March Engineering
4 2 2 2
50% win rate
0
1975 IMSA Camel GT Championship
BMW Motorsport
5 3 5 5 0
1975 F1 World Championship
March Engineering
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 World Championship of Makes 2 0 0 0 0
1975 European F2 Championship
March Engineering
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
0
1974 F1 World Championship
March Engineering
12 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 5
1974 European F2 Championship
March Racing Team
9 4 6 3
34% win rate
2nd 43
1973 World Championship of Makes
BMW Motorsport
1 0 0 0 0
1973 European F2 Championship
STP March Racing Team
March Racing Team
5 1 0 0
0% win rate
0
1972 1972 Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft 1st -
1972 World Championship of Makes
Ford Motorenwerke
1 0 0 0 0
1971 European F2 Trophy
Team Eifelland Caravans
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0

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