Harald Ertl

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Harald Ertl
HaraldErtl1977.jpg
Born (1948-08-31)31 August 1948
Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria
Died 7 April 1982(1982-04-07) (aged 33)
Nr. Giessen, Hesse, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Austrian
Active years 19751978, 1980
Teams Hesketh, Ensign, ATS
Races 28 (19 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1975 German Grand Prix
Last race 1980 German Grand Prix

Harald Ertl (31 August 1948 – 7 April 1982) was an Austrian racing driver and motorsport journalist. Ertl was born in Zell am See and attended the same school as Grand Prix drivers Jochen Rindt and Helmut Marko.

Ertl sported an impeccable Inspector Clouseau-style moustache and beard. Basically a journalist, he worked his way through the German Formula Vee and Super Vee, and then on to Formula Three, before a successful switch to Touring Cars. During this period, he gained sufficient sponsorship to entry Formula One, with various outfits between 1975 and 1980. Although Ertl is probably best remembered as one of the four drivers who helped to get Niki Lauda out of his burning Ferrari in the 1976 German Grand Prix.[1][2]

Early racing career[edit]

In 1969, he bought a Formula 5 car, won six races, but also rolled it at the Nürburgring. He was second in the European Cup with a Kaimann chassis in 1970, and started also in a round of the Championnat de France with a March-Ford 703, at Aéroport Dijon-Longvic circuit. He continued with F3 the following season, undertaking a selection of races in England, best result being ninth at Brands Hatch.[3][4]

In 1971, he also moved to the European Touring Car Championship, driving an Alfa Romeo, gaining a third place at Monza in the Monza 4 hours. For 1972, he switched to the BMW-Alpina team in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. The best result of the season, with a fourth place in the first race, Internationale ADAC-Eifelrennen, held on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.[5][6]

1973 saw Ertl continue to mix Formula Three and Touring Cars, with little success, until the September, when at the side of Derek Bell, they would win the RAC Tourist Trophy, with both drivers each winning their respective heat, to take an aggregate victory.[7][8]

For 1974, his main target was the Deutsche Formel 3 Polifac Trophy. Once again, his best result came at the Nürburgring, where finished fourth. Meanwhile, he also raced in the Formal Super Vee Gold Pokal, taking 19th in the final standings. During this season, Ertl made his F2 debut, racing at the both the European Championship for F2 Drivers events at Hockenheim.[9][10]

1975 saw Ertl signed for Fred Opert Racing to continue racing in F2. By the third race for the team, he on the podium. A third place in the Internationales ADAC-Eifelrennen, held on the Nürburgring Nordschleife enabled him gather enough money together, including sponsorship from Warsteiner to start racing in F1.[8][11]

F1 career[edit]

In 1975, sponsorship obtained from Warsteiner had allowed him to drive a Hesketh 308 in Formula One, prepared by Hesketh Racing in their golden livery. In his debut at the German Grand Prix, he finished 8th. He went to retired in his home GP, then finished ninth at Monza.[12]

Encouraged by these results, a full season with Hesketh was planned for 1976. In the South African Grand Prix he qualified in the last row and finished 15th. The next races saw him either not qualify at all, or at the back of the grid, with early retirements due to mechanical failures. Despite not being satisfied with the value the team gave him for the money, he almost scored a point when coming in seventh at the 1976 British Grand Prix, albeit three laps down.[13]

Two weeks later at the 1976 German Grand Prix, Ertl was one of the four drivers who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari after Lauda's infamous crash during the second lap of the race. The rest of the season saw two more eighth places finishes as highlights, at home and at the wet Japanese Grand Prix.[13]

Ertl continued with Hesketh for a third season, taking in some European races, finishing 9th at the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix. He left Hesketh after the 1977 French Grand Prix where he again failed to qualify for the race.

For a few races in 1978, Ertl entered with Ensign, but things were even worse there, with the cars failing to finish or even worst, when he did not survive prequalifying at Monza. At the same event, he got another chance with the spare car of German-language ATS team, as regular driver Jochen Mass injured himself in the pre-Monza test a few days prior. He still failed to make to cut.[8]

Two years later, Ertl tried once again with ATS in the 1980 German Grand Prix with the same result. The last Formula One Grand Prix he took part in was the 1978 Austrian Grand Prix, in his home country.

While not racing F1, Ertl was still racing in F2 albeit was very little success. In these three season, he finished just once in the top six. However, away from single-seaters, Ertl returned to Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [DRM] in 1977, now that the series had switched to Group 5 [14]

DRM Years[edit]

Based on experience with their BMW, Schnitzer Motorsport developed a Toyota Celica LB Turbo for Ertl in 1977. Schnitzer switched back to BMW for the 1978 season, retaining the services for Ertl. This move made him one of the main contenders for the title. With the Kremer Racing Porsche of Bob Wollek being bit off the pace, while the Ford entrant, Zakspeed’s Escort being outdated, and their Ford Capri Turbo was unreliable. Ertl would win five of the 11 races during the season, with a second place at the season finale, a Super Sprint event at the Nürburgring, he would win the championship.[15]

Despite taking the title with Schnitzer, Ertl switched to Zakspeed for the next two seasons. 1979 started off promising with a win in the opening round at Zolder, then followed it up with a third in Hockenheim in the next race. Although he would win once more at Mainz-Finthen, the season turned miserable with six non-finishes or non-starts out of 11 races, in Zakspeed’s Ford Capri Turbo. Meanwhile, Zakspeed also developed a mid-engined Lotus Europa for the 1000km Nürburgring. That also did not finish the race. The following season was like the previous one, when Ertl continued to be unlucky: 8 poles, 4 wins and 6 retirements.[16][17][18]

Harald Ertl did not race internationally at all in 1981, but planned a return for the 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Cup. Sadly, before these plans came through, Ertl was killed in an aircraft accident at the age of 33. He was travelling in a Beechcraft Bonanza flown by his brother-in-law Dr. Jörg Becker-Hohensee from Mannheim to their holiday home in Sylt in Northern Germany for an Easter vacation. Less than a quarter of the way through the intended flight distance engine failure caused the plane to crash near Giessen. Ertl's wife Vera and son Sebastian were injured but Becker-Hohensee, Ertl and his niece perished.


Racing record[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

Season Series Position Team Car
1971 European Touring Car Championship [19] 31st Alfa Romeo Hähn
Autodelta SpA
Alfa Romeo GTAm
1972 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [20] 27th BMW-Alpina BMW 2002
1973 Formula Super Vee Europe [21] 12th Maco-Volkswagen
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [22][23] 40th Auto-Fox-Racing Team Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
1974 Polifac Formel 3 Trophy [24][25] 13th Caravanbau Günther Hennerici
Hannen Alt Racing Team
Rheinland-Toyota 374
Formal Super Vau Gold Pokal [26] 19th Horag-Volkswagen
Formula Super Vee Europe [27] 21st Horag-Volkswagen
1975 European Championship for Formula 2 Drivers [28][29] 19th Fred Opert Racing Chevron-BMW B27
Interserie[23][30] 25th Rex-Auto-Racing-Team Rex-Cosworth SP1
1976 European Championship for Formula 2 Drivers [31][32] 15th Motor Racing Company
Fred Opert Racing
March-BMW 752
Chevron-BMW B35
1977 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [23][33] 25th Optische Werke Rodenstock
Toyota Deutschland
BMW 2002 Turbo
Toyota Celica LB Turbo
1978 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [23][34][35] 1st Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
1979 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [23][36] 10th Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri Turbo
Interserie – Div. 2[23][37] 18th Minolta Camera Team Lotus Europa Turbo
1980 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [23][38] 7th Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri Turbo

International Race Victories[edit]

Date Event Circuit Entrant
co-driver
Car – Engine
1973
23/09/73 RAC Tourist Trophy [7][39] England Silverstone BMW-Alpina
United Kingdom Derek Bell
BMW 3.0CSL
1975
06/07/75 Karlsruhe Hockenheim (Gr. 5/Gr.7) [40] Germany Hockenheim Rex-Auto-Racing Team Rex SP1
1977
16/10/77 ADAC Trophy [41] Belgium Zolder Optische-Werke Rodenstock Toyota Celica LB Turbo
1978
02/04/78 ADAC Goodyear 300 km Rennen (Div. II) [42][43] Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
21/05/78 Int. ADAC-Mampe-Avus-Rennen (Div. II) [44][45] Germany Avus Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
16/07/78 Int. ADAC Super Sport Rennen Kassel-Calden (Div. II) [46][47] Germany Kassel-Calden Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
29/07/78 Avd Rennsport-Trophäe um den Bilstein Pokal (Div. II) [48][49] Germany Hockenheim Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
17/09/78 ADAC Norisring Trophäe (Div. II) [50][51] Germany Norisring Sachs-Sporting BMW 320 Turbo
1979
11/03/79 AvD/MVBL-Rundstreckenrennen “Bergischer Löwe” (Div. II) [52][53] Belgium Zolder Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo
17/06/79 AvD/HMSC-Flugplatz-Rennen Mainz-Finthen (Div. II) [54][55] Germany Mainz Finthen Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo
1980
30/03/80 ADAC Goodyear 300 km Rennen (Div. II) [56][57] Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo
01/06/80 AvD/MVBL-Kreuzritter-Rennen “Grand Prix de Spa” (Div. II) [58][59] Belgium Spa-Francorchamps Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo
22/06/80 ADAC Norisring Trophäe (Div. II) [60][61] Germany Norisring Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo
07/09/80 ADAC-Hessen-Cup (Div. II) [62][63] Germany Hockenheim Sachs-Sporting Ford Capri III Turbo

Complete World Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1975 Warsteiner Brewery Hesketh 308 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
8
AUT
Ret
ITA
9
USA
NC 0
1976 Hesketh Racing Hesketh 308D Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
15
USW
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
BEL
Ret
MON
DNQ
SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
AUT
8
NED
Ret
ITA
16
CAN
DNS
USA
13
JPN
8
NC 0
1977 Hesketh Racing Hesketh 308E Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
9
SWE
16
FRA
DNQ
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
CAN
JPN
NC 0
1978 Sachs Racing Ensign N177 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
MON
BEL
ESP
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
11
AUT
Ret
NED
DNPQ
NC 0
ATS Engineering ATS HS1 ITA
DNQ*
USA
CAN
1980 Team ATS ATS D4 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
BEL
MON
FRA
GBR
GER
DNQ
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0
* Ertl had failed to pre-qualify for this race in his Ensign, then took part in qualifying sessions in the ATS, and again failed to qualify.

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
1974 Team Obermoser Jörg - Eurorace March 742 BMW M12 BAR
HOC
Ret
PAU
SAL
HOC
MUG
KAR
PER
NC 0
Chevron Racing Team Chevron B27 HOC
22
VAL
1975 Fred Opert Racing Chevron B27 BMW M12 EST
THR
Ret
HOC
Ret
NÜR
3
PAU
Ret
18th 4
Chevron B29 HOC
7
SAL
11
ROU
Ret
MUG
Ret
PER
12
SIL
Ret
ZOL
NOG
VAL
1976 Motor Racing Company March 752 BMW M12 HOC
6
15th 2
Harald Ertl Chevron B35 THR
Ret
Fred Opert Racing VAL
12
SAL
17
PAU
HOC
Ret
ROU
MUG
15
PER
7
HOC
Ret
Chevron Racing Team EST
10
NOG
1977 Team Warsteiner Eurorace Chevron B35 BMW SIL
THR
HOC
Ret
NÜR
Ret
VAL
PAU
MUG
ROU
NOG
PER
MIS
EST
DON
NC 0
1978 Autovermeitungen March 782 BMW THR
HOC
Ret
NÜR
PAU
MUG
VAL
ROU
DON
NOG
PER
MIS
NC 0
ICI Chevron Cars Chevron B42 HOC
DNQ

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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