Dieter Quester

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Dieter Quester
QuesterDieter1973.jpg
Dieter Quester, 1973
Born (1939-05-30) 30 May 1939 (age 75)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Austria Austrian
Active years 1969, 1974
Teams BMW, Surtees
Races 2 (1 start)
Championships 0
Career points 0
First race 1969 German Grand Prix
Last race 1974 Austrian Grand Prix

Dieter Quester (b. May 30, 1939 in Vienna[1]) is an active touring car racing driver from Austria. Dieter has participated in 53 24-Hour Races. He competed in a single Formula One race in which he finished ninth.

Dieter Quester 2008

Starting with motorboats in the 1950s, he became part of the Formula 2 team of BMW which intended to take part in the 1969 German Grand Prix. Teammate Gerhard Mitter was killed at the Nürburgring while practising with the BMW 269, though. As a suspension or steering failure was suspected, the BMW team with Quester and Hubert Hahne withdrew from the race, as did Mitter's teammate at Porsche, Hans Herrmann.

Quester participated in his home 1974 Austrian Grand Prix on August 18, 1974. He out-qualified his three team mates at Surtees and finished 9th ahead of Hans-Joachim Stuck and double World Champion Graham Hill in the race, but scored no championship points.

Quester then focused again on European Touring Car Championship to drive a BMW 3.0 CSL for Schnitzer Motorsport. Quester had already won the 1973 Spa 24 Hours. Later racing in the DTM, he once slid on the roof of his BMW M3 over the start/finish line of the AVUS for a 3rd place.

His career is still active at age 70, sponsored by Red Bull. On January 15, 2006, he won the 24 Hours race at the Dubai Autodrome on a BMW M3 together with Hans-Joachim Stuck, Philipp Peter and Toto Wolff. Stuck and Quester returned in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, but their BMW was destroyed in a crash at night that involved an oil spill and seven cars. During the weekend of September 9–10, 2006, he won the Britcar 24 Hours of Silverstone in a Duller Motorsport BMW MZ4, and on January 14, 2007 he again won the 24 Hours race at the Dubai Autodrome in the Duller Motorsport BMW Z4. In September 2007 he and Duller won the 24 Hours of Silverstone in the Duller BMW Z4, by a margin of 30 laps.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1969 Bayerische Motoren Werke BMW 269 BMW Straight-4 RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
DNS
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
NC 0
1974 Memphis International Team Surtees Surtees TS16 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
9
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Karl von Wendt
European Touring Car Championship
Champion (Div.3)

1968-1969
Succeeded by
Toine Hezemans
Preceded by
Kevin Bartlett
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1970
Succeeded by
Jan Bussell
Preceded by
Jean Xhenceval
and Pierre Dieudonné
European Touring Car Championship
Champion

1977
Succeeded by
Umberto Grano
Preceded by
Umberto Grano
European Touring Car Championship
Champion

1983
Succeeded by
Tom Walkinshaw