Frank Jelinski

Born:
23rd May 1958 (Age 60)
Bad Munder, Saxony
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Frank Jelinski’s early career was nothing short of dominant. He won the 1979 German Super Vee Championship in his debut season before graduating to national Formula 3 a year later with a Bertram Schäfer Racing Ralt RT3-Toyota. He also won that title in his rookie season and remained in the series to repeat that success in 1981.

He graduated to the 1982 European Formula 2 Championship with Schäfer’s Maurer MM82-BMW and qualified fourth for his debut at Silverstone. He finished in that position at Pau and was fifth at Hockenheim and Enna-Pergusa to claim 12th in the standings. He began 1983 with the team but a lack of sponsorship soon forced Jelinski to abandon single-seaters and concentrate on sports cars.

World Endurance Championship

Jelinski joined Brun Motorsport in 1986 and scored his breakthrough victory at Spa-Francorchamps when sharing with local hero Thierry Boutsen. He moved to Joest Racing for the 1987 Le Mans 24 Hours and finished a career-best third in the 1988 race. Five seasons with Joest’s Porsches included another victory in the World Sportscar Championship when he combined with Bob Wollek to defeat the works team in the 1989 Coupe de Dijon.

DTM

Victory in the 1991 Daytona 24 Hours was his last for Joest and Porsche for Jelinski joined the AZR Audi team for that year’s DTM. He had made his debut in Germany’s leading touring car championship as long ago as 1984 and he returned to score a couple of second-place finishes at the final round of 1990. Second again at Hockenheim in 1991, he left the series in the middle of 1992 when Audi withdrew.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Zentrum Reutlingen
11 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
19th 12
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Joest Racing
1 0 0 0 43rd 4
1991 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Joest Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Zentrum Reutlingen
24 0 4 0
0% win rate
10th 83
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
9 0 0 0 13th 7.5
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Schmidt Motorsport Technik
2 2 2 0
0% win rate
18th 30
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
7 0 5 1 5th 84
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
9 0 2 0 8th 135
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Joest Racing
Brun Motorsport
8 0 1 0 12th 40
1987 World Touring Car Championship 1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Brun Motorsport
9 2 4 1 4th 74
1985 World Endurance Championship
Brun Motorsport
Gebhardt Motorsport
8 0 0 0 26th 16
1984 World Endurance Championship 7 0 0 0 0
1984 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Valier Motorsport
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 18
1983 European F2 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
Maurer Motorsport
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 1
1983 World Endurance Championship
Porsche Kremer Racing
3 0 0 0 0
1982 European F2 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
12th 7
1982 World Endurance Championship
Porsche Kremer Racing
1 0 0 0 70th 6
1981 European F3 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3
1981 German F3 Championship 1st -
1980 European F3 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
11 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 5
1980 German F3 Championship 1st -
1978 European F3 Championship
Maco Rennwagenbau
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0