Siegfried Stohr

Born:
10th October 1952 (Age 66)
Rimini, Emilia-Romagna
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of a German father and Italian mother, Sigi Stohr only began competing after he had graduated from University with a degree in psychology. Despite his inexperience, he was immediately successful in karts and he won various national titles.

Convinced he could earn his living in motor racing, Stohr bought Riccardo Patrese’s car for the 1976 Formula Italia Championship which he won in his second season. He also made his Formula 3 debut during 1977 with a Trivellato Chevron B38-Toyota and finished fifth in the penultimate race of the season at Vallelunga. He won his heat at the Magione finale only to be disqualified.

Formula 3 champion and F2 race winner

Winner of the opening three rounds in 1978, he was almost successful at Monaco as well. Stohr finished second after the front two had clashed at the Loews Hairpin with Elio de Angelis lucky to continue on to victory. He won again at Vallelunga and clinched that year’s Italian F3 Championship for Trivellato.

Stohr drove Trivellato’s Chevron B48-BMW in the 1979 European Formula 2 Championship and finished second at Vallelunga and Pau. He missed the opening two races in 1980 but it proved to be the best season of his career. He joined Docking Spitzley Racing with Beta Tools sponsorship and a Toleman TG280-Hart. Victory at Enna-Pergusa was the highlight as Stohr eventually finished fourth overall.

Formula 1 with Arrows

Continued backing from Beta placed Stohr with Arrows for the 1981 Formula 1 World Championship. Team-mate Patrese qualified on pole position for the first race of the season but the newcomer could not qualify. While the former twice finished on the podium in the first four races, Stohr struggled and again missed the cut at Imola. Worse was to come in round five.

The Belgian Grand Prix was already a sombre affair with Osella mechanic Giovanni Amadeo in hospital with fatal injuries sustained during practice. Patrese stalled on the grid and mechanic Dave Luckett attempted to restart the engine. He was still behind the car when the race began and the unsighted Stohr crashed headlong into the back of his stationary team-mate and mechanic. That Luckett escaped with a broken leg the worst of his injuries was nothing short of a miracle. But it left Stohr visibly distraught, a broken man it seemed.

He finished seventh at Zandvoort in the last of his nine GP starts (plus four DNQs) before being replaced by Jacques Villeneuve (Gilles’ brother). It had been an unhappy year and Sigi Stohr did not race in F1 again. He made a one-off return to F2 at Mugello in 1982 with a Minardi-Ferrari but then retired from racing. Stohr later ran a driver school at Misano and was a successful writer and journalist.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1982 European F2 Championship
Minardi Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1981 F1 World Championship
Arrows Racing Team
9 (4) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 European F2 Championship
Docking Spitzley Racing
10 1 4 1
10% win rate
4th 29
1979 European F2 Championship
Trivellato Racing Team
12 0 2 0
0% win rate
8th 17
1978 European F3 Championship
Trivellato Racing Team
4 2 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 Italian F3 Championship 1st -
1977 European F3 Championship
Trivellato Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 2