Dieter Quester

Full Name:
Dietrich Quester
Born:
30th May 1939 (Age 79)
Vienna
Nationality:
Austrian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This touring car legend began by racing speedboats in 1958 in a five-year career that included two European Championship titles in his class. He also tried bike racing before eventually hillclimbing a Porsche-powered Volkswagen Beetle in 1964. Now armed with a Porsche RS, Quester finished third at Aspern in his very first circuit race.

BMW Motorsport driver

It is with BMW that he will forever be associated. He joined the Munich-based manufacturer in 1965 and remained loyal to it throughout a racing career that spanned five decades. A class winner on Aspern’s airfield runways a year later, he won the European Touring Car Championship for the over-1600cc class in 1968 and 1969 with a BMW 2002.

He also raced the BMW 269 in selected Formula 2 races during 1969, a schedule that included the German Grand Prix. However, the team was withdrawn from the race after his team-mate Gerhard Mitter was killed in practice. Victory in the Hockenheim finale clinched a share of fourth in the 1970 European F2 Championship and he ended the year by winning the Formule Libre Macau GP.

He improved to third in the 1971 F2 standings after five podium finishes with Eifelland’s March 712M-BMW. His final F2 season came in 1974 after he was replaced in Team Harper’s Chevron B27-BMW after a couple of accidents strained his relationship with team manager Mike Earle.

Formula 1 one-off with Surtees

Quester finally made the only GP start of his career that year after he used sponsorship from Memphis cigarettes to hire a Surtees TS16-Ford for the Austrian GP. He qualified at the back and finished in ninth position in what was his last single-seater race.

Sports cars and the ETCC

Quester won a couple of World Championship of Makes races in 1976 with Schnitzer’s BMW 3.5 CSL before concentrating on the ETCC once more. He won that title in 1977 with an Alpina CSL before returning to Schnitzer to clinch the 1983 championship driving a 635CSi. He was still winning races when the ETCC was abandoned in 1988 – scoring his third victory in the Spa 24 Hours that year.

Eight appearances in the Le Mans 24 Hours included the biggest accident of his career in 1978. His Toleman Group Osella PA6-BMW led the 2000cc sports car class until he suffered a puncture at Tertre Rouge shortly before 1am. He emerged from the wreckage with nothing worse than a cut face.

He continued to represent BMW into his sixties as a respected veteran. He won 24-hour races in Dubai and at Silverstone during 2006 when driving M3 and Z4 machines respectfully and repeated the Silverstone success a year later.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Linder
18 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Zakspeed Racing
17 0 1 0
0% win rate
20th 20
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Zakspeed Racing
13 0 2 0
0% win rate
15th 127
1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Linder
22 0 0 0
0% win rate
9th 168
1987 World Touring Car Championship
Schnitzer Motorsport
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
34th 39
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Kouros Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1985 World Endurance Championship
Team Sauber Mercedes
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1984 World Endurance Championship 3 0 0 0 0
1983 World Endurance Championship
John Fitzpatrick Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1983 European Touring Car Championship 1st -
1982 World Endurance Championship
Team GS Sport
1 0 0 0 0
1981 World Endurance Championship
Sauber Racing Switzerland
Hughes de Chaunac
4 0 0 0 83rd 28.5
1980 World Championship of Makes
BMW Motorsports France
2 0 0 0 6
1980 BMW M1 Procar
Castrol Austria
Team Austria
7 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 15
1979 BMW M1 Procar
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 22
1978 World Championship of Makes
BMW Alpina
6 0 2 0 36
1977 European Touring Car Championship 1st -
1977 World Championship of Sportscars 2 0 0 0 1
1976 World Championship of Sportscars
Dieter Quester
1 0 1 0 12
1976 World Championship of Makes
Schnitzer Motorsport
7 0 2 2 54
1975 IMSA Camel GT Championship
BMW Motorsport
1 1 1 1 0
1974 F1 World Championship
Team Surtees
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 European F2 Championship
Team Harper
5 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 World Championship of Makes
BMW Motorsport
1 0 0 0 0
1972 European F2 Trophy
Team Surtees
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 European F2 Trophy
Team Eifelland Caravans
March Engineering
10 0 5 0
0% win rate
3rd 31
1970 European F2 Trophy
BMW
7 (1) 0 1 1
15% win rate
4th 14
1969 F1 World Championship
BMW
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1969 European F2 Trophy
BMW
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 European Touring Car Championship 1st -