Kurt Kuhnke

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Kurt Kuhnke
Born (1910-04-30)30 April 1910
Stettin, Pomerania, Germany
Died 8 February 1969(1969-02-08) (aged 58)
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 1963
Teams non-works "BKL" Lotus
Races 1 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1963 German Grand Prix
Last race 1963 German Grand Prix

Kurt Kuhnke (30 April 1910, Stettin – 8 February 1969, Braunschweig) was a racing driver from Germany, although he was more successful in motorcycle racing.

After racing motorcycles during the late 1940s Kurt moved into car racing with a Formula Three Cooper 500 which he raced regularly 1950s with a number of wins and good finishes. He also competed in a few Formula Junior and Formula Two races before he finally moved into Formula One, failing to qualify Wolfgang Seidel's Lotus 18 at the non-Championship 1962 Pau Grand Prix before retiring the same car from the Solitude Grand Prix that year with engine failure. The first appearance of his Borgward-engined Lotus was delayed through problems preparing the engine, and Kuhnke missed four races he had entered in the second half of 1962.

In 1963, Kuhnke failed to qualify his BKL Lotus at the Rome Grand Prix, along with team-mate Ernst Maring, and both cars suffered engine failures at the Solitude Grand Prix in July. His single World Championship Formula One entry was at the 1963 German Grand Prix where he failed to qualify by a considerable margin. The BKL Lotus was simply an ordinary Lotus, lightly modified by Kuhnke, the initials standing for Borgward Kuhnke Lotus.

After this, he retired from the Kanonloppet at the Karlskoga Circuit in Sweden with fuel injection problems, before moving away from Formula One as a driver. He subsequently entered two BKL Lotus cars in the 1964 Solitude Grand Prix for Maring and German helicopter pilot Joachim Diel. Diel's car was one of seven eliminated in wet-weather accidents on the first lap, but Maring managed to finish 10th and last, four laps down on the leader – the only occasion on which one of Kuhnke's cars finished a Formula One race.

Complete World Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1962 Kurt Kuhnke Lotus 18 Borgward Straight-4 NED
MON
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
DNA
USA
RSA
NC 0
1963 Kurt Kuhnke BKL Lotus 18 Borgward Straight-4 MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
DNQ
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
NC 0

Non-Championship[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1962 Autosport Team Wolfgang Seidel Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU
DNQ
AIN INT NAP MAL CLP RMS SOL
Ret
Kurt Kuhnke Borgward Straight-4 KAN
DNA
MED
DNA
DAN
DNA
OUL MEX RAN NAT
1963 Kurt Kuhnke BKL Lotus 18 Borgward Straight-4 LOM GLV PAU IMO SYR AIN INT ROM
DNQ
SOL
Ret
KAN
Ret
MED AUT OUL RAN

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