Uwe Alzen

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Uwe Alzen
Uwe Alzen.jpg
Nationality  German
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1998 - 1999, 2010
Teams Porsche AG
Manthey Racing
BMW Motorsport
Best finish 2nd (1998)
Class wins 1 (1999)

Uwe Alzen (born 18 August 1967 in Kirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German racing driver specialised in touring car racing and sports car racing.

He won the 1992 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, the 1994 Porsche Supercup and the 1995 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft privateer B-Class championship.

In 1996 he raced in the full Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft International Touring Car Championship, driving an Opel Calibra V6. When this series was discontinued, he raced for Opel in the German Super Tourenwagen Cup. Alzen celebrated an apparent championship win in 1999 for Opel under controversial circumstances after a last corner incident involving his teammate Roland Asch and his main rival for the championship Christian Abt. Alzen, who was leading the race at the time, barely limped to 2nd place after crashing with Abt's teammate Kris Nissen, whom he was trying to lap seconds earlier at the chicane. Weeks later though, his Championship win was stripped and was given to his rival, Christian Abt, after an amateur video proved that Asch had deliberately crashed into Abt.

Alzen continued with Opel in 2000 in the new Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, but was released after colliding with his teammate Manuel Reuter. He left the AMG-Mercedes team in 2003 under similar circumstances.

Alzen was also a competitor in the 1998 FIA GT Championship season and 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans race in a Porsche 911 GT1, finishing 2nd overall. In 2004 he also competed in FIA GT, with Michael Bartels on a Vitaphone-sponsored Saleen S7.

Uwe Alzen and his elder brother Jürgen Alzen were also driving at the Nürburgring Nordschleife VLN Endurance racing series and 24 Hours Nürburgring in their privately built Porsche 996 GT2 Turbo 4WD from 2003 to 2005. Uwe Alzen set the lap record there with this Turbo at 8:09, about 10 seconds faster than the factory cars of Opel and Audi from the DTM, as well as the BMW M3 V8 GTR of Schnitzer Motorsport. He also has beaten them for the pole positions, yet his car failed at the start of the 2005 wet race due to electronic problems, prompting another very emotional interview.

Nürburgring-Fans voted him Driver of the Year 2004.

Due to rule changes for 2006, also the Alzen brothers discontinued their use of a turbo engine in favor of a normally aspirated Porsche 997 GT3. But they chose to run a standard H pattern manual gearbox in the 2006 24h race, convinced that the Porsche sequential gearbox would not last. They finished in second place, after the Manthey Porsche which has a sequential gearbox that saves several seconds per lap. Uwe was quite upset with the disadvantages of having a manual gearbox during the post race press conference.

In 2008 Uwe alzen entered the Speedcar Internatianl Series,racing for Phoenix Racing,winning two races and finishing third overall.

In January 2012 Alzen is confirmed for a full season driving a BMW in the American Le Mans Series sharing a car with Jörg Müller.

Racing record[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 Germany Porsche AG Germany Jörg Müller
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 GT1 350 2nd 2nd
1999 Germany Manthey Racing Netherlands Patrick Huisman
Italy Luca Riccitelli
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT 317 13th 1st
2010 Germany BMW Motorsport Germany Jörg Müller
Brazil Augusto Farfus
BMW M3 GT2 GT2 320 19th 6th

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
1993 Persson Motorsport Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

11
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

9
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

DNS
WUN
1

9
WUN
2

9
NÜR
1

23
NÜR
2

12
NOR
1

7
NOR
2

7
DIE
1

8
DIE
2

7
SIN
1
SIN
2
AVU
1

7
AVU
2

7
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

Ret
11th 40
1994 Persson Motorsport Mercedes 190E Class 1 ZOL
1

11
ZOL
2

11
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

13
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

13
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

11
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

13
DIE
2

12
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

11
AVU
1

12
AVU
2

10
SIN
1

12
SIN
2

8
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

11
18th 4
1995 Persson Motorsport Mercedes C-Class V6 HOC
1

11
HOC
2

Ret
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

12
NOR
1

15
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

Ret
DIE
2

Ret
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

8
SIN
1

12
SIN
2

9
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

2
14th 34
2000 OPC Team Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

9
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

6
SAC
1

Ret
SAC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

13
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

4
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

6
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
6th 100
2001 Team Warsteiner AMG AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

5
HOC
CR

4
NÜR
QR

7
NÜR
CR

19
OSC
QR

4
OSC
CR

3
SAC
QR

11
SAC
CR

Ret
NOR
QR

2
NOR
CR

1
LAU
QR

1
LAU
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR

2
NÜR
CR

2
A1R
QR

3
A1R
CR

3
ZAN
QR

7
ZAN
CR

1
HOC
QR

7
HOC
CR

7
2nd 101
2002 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

9
HOC
CR

11
ZOL
QR

8
ZOL
CR

7
DON
QR

Ret
DON
CR

DNS
SAC
QR

11
SAC
CR

9
NOR
QR

2
NOR
CR

5
LAU
QR

9
LAU
CR

Ret
NÜR
QR

1
NÜR
CR

1
A1R
QR

5
A1R
CR

4
ZAN
QR

7
ZAN
CR

17
HOC
QR

8
HOC
CR

3
6th 24

Complete International Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos Points
1995 Persson Motorsport Mercedes C-Class V6 MUG
1

14
MUG
2

9
HEL
1

NC
HEL
2

4
DON
1

7
DON
2

7
EST
1

13
EST
2

12
MAG
1

9
MAG
2

7
12th 26
1996 Opel Team Zakspeed Opel Calibra V6 4x4 HOC
1

8
HOC
2

6
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

4
EST
1

5
EST
2

2
HEL
1

13
HEL
2

Ret
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

2
DIE
1

11
DIE
2

10
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

Ret
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

6
MAG
1

4
MAG
2

13
MUG
1

7
MUG
2

3
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

Ret
INT
1

Ret
INT
2

DNS
SUZ
1

9
SUZ
2

12
8th 119

Partial Porsche Supercup results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2003 Porsche AG Porsche 996 GT3 ITA ESP AUT MON GER
12
FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA USA NC‡ 0‡
2005 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 ITA ESP MON GER USA
14
USA
4
FRA
2
GBR
4
GER
6
HUN
Ret
ITA
20†
BEL
3
10th 87
2006 PZ Koblenz Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
1
ITA
Ret
GER
7
ESP
4
MON
4
GBR
1
USA
9
USA
9
FRA
1
GER
2
HUN
5
ITA
1
2nd 166
2007 SPS Automotive Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
2
BHR
1
ESP
Ret
MON
4
FRA
1
GBR
6
GER
10
HUN
18
TUR
3
ITA
3
BEL
13
3rd 128
2008 SPS Automotive Porsche 997 GT3 BHR
8
BHR
4
ESP
10
TUR
4
MON
4
FRA
6
GBR GER HUN ESP BEL ITA 13th 67

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

‡ — Not eligible for points.

Partial Porsche Carrera Cup Germany results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2006 HP Team Herberth Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
1
LAU
Ret
OSC
1
NOR
14
NÜR
2
ZAN
3
CAT
6
BUG
1
HOC
1
2nd 133
2007 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
4
OSC
2
LAU
1

3
LAU
2

2
NOR
15
ZAN
4
NÜR
2
CAT
6
HOC
2
1st 129
2008 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 HOC OSC
Ret
MUG
1
LAU
Ret
NOR
5
ZAN
4
NÜR
Ret
CAT
Ret
HOC
3
9th 62
2010 Herberth Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
4
VAL
6
LAU
11
NOR
2
NÜR
3
ZAN
3
BRH
13
OSC
5
HOC
Ret
3rd 98
2011 Alzen Automotive Porsche 997 GT3 HOC
5
ZAN
7
RBR
6
LAU
Ret
NNS
Ret
NOR NÜR
4
OSC HOC
9
9th 58

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

‡ Guest Driver — Ineligible for points

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roland Asch
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
1992
Succeeded by
Wolfgang Land
Preceded by
Altfrid Heger
Porsche Supercup champion
1994
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Malcher
Preceded by
Dirk Werner
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
2007
Succeeded by
René Rast

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