Armin Hahne

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Armin Hahne (born September 10, 1955 in Moers, West Germany[1]) is a German racing driver, best known for his exploits in touring car racing. The highpoint of his career was winning both the 1982 and 1983 Spa 24 Hours driving BMW's. Another highlight of his career was driving in the factory supported Tom Walkinshaw Racing run Jaguar Racing team racing the Jaguar XJS coupes. Hahne stayed with the team as they transitioned to Rover Vitesse. In 1991 he drove for one race in the British Touring Car Championship for BMW.

In recent years, Armin Hahne races mostly on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, finishing second overall in 2008 in the Adac 24 hours, driving a Porsche 911 GT3-MR entered by Manthey Racing.

In 2011, he wins the second round of the VLN race series, co-driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entered by the Mamerow/Rowe Racing with Chris Mamerow.

Bathurst 1000[edit]

Replica of the Hahne/John Goss Jaguar XJ-S that won the 1985 James Hardie 1000

Hahne's first start in the Australian classic was in 1984 when he partnered Englishman Jeff Allam in a Mobil Rover Racing Rover Vitesse to an easy Group A class win and an excellent 12th outright after starting 36th against much more powerful opposition (the Rover qualified 10 seconds slower than the pole winning Nissan Bluebird Turbo of George Fury, and finished just 11 laps down on the winning V8 powered Holden VK Commodore of Peter Brock and Larry Perkins). A brief return to the big Jags in 1985 saw Hahne team with Australian racer John Goss to win the 1985 James Hardie 1000[2] after starting sixth. On the Bathurst podium, Hahne would call this his greatest win.

His next time at Bathurst was in 1987 for the World Touring Car Championship round in an ill-fated Maserati Biturbo with Australian Kevin Bartlett. A troubled race week saw them start 34th and retire after only 29 laps with a broken differential. 1988 saw him in a Mark Petch Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 with New Zealand racer Robbie Francevic, the car engineered by its previous owner, and Hahne's team boss in the 1988 ETCC, former Wolf Racing Formula One team owner Walter Wolf. Their strong charge finished on lap 103 due to overheating after they had been in either second or third place for the previous 70 laps. That was Hahne's last race in the Bathurst 1000.

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
1984 12* Group A 61 United Kingdom Mobil Rover Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam Rover Vitesse 152
Rover 3.5L V8
1985 1 C 10 United Kingdom JRA Ltd Australia John Goss Jaguar XJS 163
Jaguar 5.3L V12
1987 DNF Div.1 1 Italy Pro Team Italia Australia Kevin Bartlett
Italy Bruno Giacomelli
Maserati Biturbo 29
Maserati 2.8L V6 Twin-turbo
1988 DNF A 45 New Zealand Mark Petch Motorsport / Wolf Racing Australasia New Zealand Robbie Francevic Ford Sierra RS500 103
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo

* 1984 saw Hahne and Jeff Allam finish 12th outright and 1st in class.


  1. ^ Tuckey, Bill, ed. (1988–89). The Great Race (Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group) 8: 239. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  2. ^ "James Hardie 1000 Mount Panorama, Bathurst 6th October, 1985". Unique Cars and Parts. Archived from the original on 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Walkinshaw
Pierre Dieudonné
Winner of the Spa 24 Hours
1982 & 1983
(with Hans Heyer, Eddy Joosen and Thierry Tassin)
Succeeded by
Tom Walkinshaw
Hans Heyer
Win Percy
Preceded by
Peter Brock
Larry Perkins
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with John Goss)
Succeeded by
Allan Grice
Graeme Bailey