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Volker Weidler

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Volker Weidler (born March 18, 1962 in Heidelberg) is a former racing driver from Germany, best known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Formula racing 1.1
    • GT / Sportscars 1.2
  • Racing record 2
    • Complete International Formula 3000 results 2.1
    • Complete Formula One results 2.2
    • Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans Results 2.3
  • References 3

Career

Formula racing

In 1985, he became German Formula Three champion.

In the 1989 Formula One season, Weidler entered 10 Formula One Grands Prix racing for the Rial team, but failed to qualify the uncompetitive car on every occasion.

After Formula One, he moved to Japan and raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship. He often fought over the title with Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Ross Cheever and others in the Japanese Formula 3000, and took popularity in Japan.

GT / Sportscars

In 1991, Weidler teamed with Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot to win Le Mans behind the wheel of the Wankel engine-powered Mazda 787B, marking also the first and only win of the legendary French race by both a Japanese manufacturer and engine supplier. This Wankel engine-powered car was noted for being very loud.

Possibly related to the hours spent in the noisy Mazda, Weidler began to suffer from an ear problem (sensorineural hearing loss) which eventually forced him to retire prematurely from the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship during the 1992 season though Weidler was leading the championship at that time.

When Weidler left the Japanese team, Nova Engineering, he recommended Heinz-Harald Frentzen as his successor.

Racing record

Complete International Formula 3000 results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)
Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1986 Bromley Motorsport
Rial
SIL
10
VAL
7
PAU
Ret
SPA
DNQ
IMO MUG
16
PER
DNQ
ZEL
9
BIR BUG JAR NC 0
1988 Onyx Racing JER
Ret
VAL
12
PAU
DNQ
SIL
14
MNZ
9
PER
Ret
BRH
6
BIR
4
BUG
DNS
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
10
15th 5

Complete Formula One results

()
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1989 Rial Racing Rial ARC2 Ford Cosworth DFR (Mader) 3.5 V8 BRA
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DSQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans Results

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Year Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1992 4 C1 5 JPN}} Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
Oreca
GBR}} Johnny Herbert
Bertrand Gachot
Maurizio Sandro Sala
Mazda MXR-01 336
1991 1 C2 55 JPN}} Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
GBR}} Johnny Herbert
Bertrand Gachot
Mazda 787B 362
1990 39
DNF
GTP 201 JPN}} Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. BEL}} Bertrand Gachot
Johnny Herbert
Mazda 787 148
1989 12 GTP 203 JPN}} Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. JPN}} Yojiro Terada
Marc Duez
Mazda 767 339
1987 45
DNF
C1 10 DEU}} Porsche Kremer Racing DNK}} Kris Nissen
Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C 6

References

  • Profile at F1 Rejects
  • Driver Database Profile


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