Stuck, Hans Joachim
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000 Родился: 01.01.1951 Грайнау, Гармиш-Партенкирхен Сезонов в Ф1: Лет в Ф1: 6 Гран При: Старты: 72* *не стартовал: 10 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
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Лет в Ф1:
6 Гран При: Старты: 72* *не стартовал: 10 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
72* *не стартовал: 10 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
10 Победы: подряд: Подиумы: подряд: 2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
2 Поул-позиции: подряд: Первый ряд: подряд:
As the son of the famous pre-war Auto Union ace, it was perhaps natural that Hans Jnr should follow his father into a career in motor racing, especially as he had driven karts and small-capacity BMWs long before he was eligible for a racing licence. After driving a BMW 2002 in national hill-climbs, he graduated to the works European touring car championship team, winning the Nurburgring 24-hour race in 1969. Stuck then took over from Jochen Mass in the Ford Germany Capri in the national series for 1972, and won the Spa 24 Hours with Mass as co-driver.
His single-seater career began properly in 1973 when he raced the works March in Formula 2, graduating to the Grand Prix team the following year, but he proved to be somewhat inconsistent, very quick on some occasions, but mysteriously lacklustre on others. He did well in F2, however, finishing second in the championship with four wins (at Barcelona, Hockenheim, Rouen and Enna).
Initially dropped from the March Grand Prix team for 1975, Stuck made a successful sortie into IMSA with BMW, but was then recalled to the Bicester ranks to replace the out-of-favour Lella Lombardi. He remained with the team in 1976, but it was the same infuriating mixture of the brilliant and the banal once more. At Watkins Glen Hans finished fifth, after being 23rd on the first lap, and occasional Formula 2 outings with the 762 produced three wins in only five starts.
Given the chance to race the Brabham-Alfa in 1977 following the death of Carlos Pace in an air crash, Hans scored superb third places in Germany and Austria, and led the US GP at Watkins Glen before blotting his copybook by sliding off the circuit. From then on it was downhill all the way as far as Formula 1 was concerned, a season with Shadow bringing only one points finish, and an even more dispiriting year with ATS yielding the same return.
Hans then turned his back on F1, but certainly not on motor sport, for he was soon immersed in a huge schedule of sports, GT and touring car racing. He joined the Rothmans Porsche team in 1985, sharing the drivers' crown with Derek Bell in both 1985 and 1986, and won Le Mans with Bell and Holbert in 1986 and '87. After a switch to Audi, his presence spiced up IMSA's GTO class in 1989, and back at home he won the 1990 DTM championship in the awesome 3.6-litre V8 quattro.
As the nineties unfolded Stuck was still racing competitively in German Super Touring for Audi and was a Le Mans regular. In 1994 he finished third with Sullivan and Boutsen in a Dauer Porsche 962LM, and the following year he was placed sixth, this time in a Kremer Porsche with Boutsen and Bouchut. Just as his career seemed to be winding down came the surprise news that he was forsaking Audi to join Opel's squad to contest the Class 11TC series in 1996. Driving the Team Rosberg car, he could still show the youngsters a thing or two, winning both rounds in Helsinki. He was also part of the factory Porsche team, taking second at Le Mans with Boutsen and Wollek in the 911 GTI In 1997 Hans teamed up with Boutsen to contest the FIA GT championship in one of the works cars but, despite a number of top-six placings, the experienced duo were deemed too old, and dropped at season's end.
The immensely popular Stuck shows no sign of hanging up his helmet and remains a quick and spectacular driver, mainly racing a BMW M3 in the GT3 class in the American Le Mans Series.
(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000
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