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Hans Heyer

Full name
Hans Josef Heyer
Born
16th March 1943 (Age 78) - Monchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia
Nationality
German
German
Years in Database
16
Recent Race
Starts
97 (3)
Wins
14
Poles
6
Podiums
24

Two things immediately spring to mind when discussing Hans Heyer’s racing career – his hat and his one bizarre appearance in Formula 1. But that latter escapade is to ignore a talented, successful and popular driver by dint of one of the only two single-seater races during his long career.

The hat and a race he should not have started

First, the hat: Heyer was forever wearing an Austrian Tirolerhut even though he came from northwest Germany. Next, his unusual Grand Prix debut: Heyer hired the second ATS Penske PC4-Ford for the 1977 German GP but failed to qualify by half a second. Undeterred, Heyer entered the track after the start when allegedly aided by marshals friendly from his German racing days! Heyer retired from a race he had no right to start after nine laps with failure of his gear linkage.

Background and racing career

Educated in Adenau, he competed in karts in Holland before legally entitled to do so in his home country. Dutch Champion in 1962 and 1963, he was fourth in the three-race 1969 World Championship.

From the archive

Heyer made his European Touring Car Championship debut at the Nürburgring in 1970 and was second in the 1971 Spa 24 Hours with an AMG Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. He joined Ford Deutschland by the end of the 1972 ETCC season and soon developed into one of the best endurance racing drivers in Europe. 1974 ETCC Champion for the team, he won the German Racing Championship in 1975 and 1976 with a Zakspeed Ford Escort.

With his 1977 F1 story in the record books, Heyer returned to those mighty German Group Five sports-racing cars and won the title again in 1980. That was driving a Lancia Beta Monte Carlo and was despite an end-over-end roll at the Norisring.

His 12 starts at Le Mans all ended in retirement but he was successful in sports cars elsewhere. He won four world championship events and finished on the podium in another eight. Three successive victories in the Spa 24 Hours from 1982 culminated in Jaguar’s first victory in the race in 1984.

He retired from racing in 1989 having started 999 races but returned to make his 1,000th start in a Volkswagen Polo Cup race at the Norisring in 2004

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

1987

World Touring Car Championship

2

0

0

0

U

0

1986

World Sports-Prototype Championship

Silk Cut Jaguar

2

0

0

0

U

0

1985

World Endurance Championship

Tom Walkinshaw Racing

Joest Racing

4

0

0

0

85

2

1984

World Endurance Championship

Martini Racing (Lancia)

Joest Racing

4

0

1

0

77

3

1984

IMSA Camel GT Championship

De Narvaez Enterprises

1

0

1

1

U

0

1984

European Touring Car Championship

Tom Walkinshaw Racing

4

4

4

4 - 100% win rate

2

171

1983

World Endurance Championship

Obermaier Racing

Martini Racing (Lancia)

7

0

1

0

12

30

1983

European Touring Car Championship

Juma

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

11

109

1982

World Endurance Championship

Joest Racing

Martini Racing (Lancia)

7

0

1

0

17

17

1982

European Touring Car Championship

Juma

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

8

63

1981

World Endurance Championship

Martini Racing (Lancia)

Team GS Sport

5

0

0

0

187

14

1980

World Championship of Makes

Lancia Corse

4

0

1

1

U

0

1980

BMW M1 Procar

GS Team

8

1

2

0

7

41

1979

World Championship of Makes

Georg Loos

Zakspeed

3

0

1

1

U

0

1978

World Championship of Makes

Georg Loos

8

0

4

2

U

0

1977

World Championship of Sportscars

Team Obermoser

1

0

0

0

U

0

1977

World Championship of Makes

Georg Loos

Zakspeed

2

0

0

0

U

0

1977

F1 World Championship

ATS Racing Team

1

0

0

0

U

0

1976

World Championship of Makes

Porsche Kremer Racing

5

0

3

0

U

0

1976

European F2 Championship

Team Warsteiner Eurorace

1 (1)

0

0

0

17

1

1975

World Championship of Makes

Porsche Kremer Racing

Juan Carlos Bolanos

4

0

0

0

U

0

1974

World Championship of Makes

Porsche Kremer Racing

9

0

0

0

U

0

1974

European Touring Car Championship

Ford Koln

2

1

2

2 - 100% win rate

1

70

1973

World Championship of Makes

Ford Motorenwerke

2

0

0

0

U

0

1972

World Championship of Makes

Team Schnitzer Motul

Werner Christmann

3 (1)

0

0

0

U

0

1972

European Touring Car Championship

Team Schnitzer Motul

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

9

43

1971

International Championship of Makes

Rheydter Club fur Motorsport

1

0

0

0

U

0

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

1979 Le Mans 24 Hours

09/06/1979

Le Mans

306

R

1978 Le Mans 24 Hours

10/06/1978

Le Mans

369

DNQ

1977 Le Mans 24 Hours

11/06/1977

Le Mans

342

R

1977 Le Mans 24 Hours

11/06/1977

Le Mans

342

R

1976 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/1976

Le Mans

349

R

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