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.

Career Results[edit]

Results sourced from Driver Database and History of Touring Car Racing.[3][4]

Season Series Position Car Team
1976 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 38th Ford Escort Zakspeed
1977 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 15th Ford Escort Zakspeed
1978 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 9th Ford Escort Zakspeed
1980 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 49th BMW 320
1982 World Sportscar Championship 55th Mazda RX-7 Karl Heinz Becker
1984 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 31st MG Metro Turbo
1984 Australian Endurance Championship 63rd Rover Vitesse Mobil Rover Racing
1985 European Touring Car Championship 7th Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1985 Australian Endurance Championship 10th Jaguar XJS JRA Ltd
1986 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 7th Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1986 European Touring Car Championship 6th Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1987 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 3rd Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1987 World Touring Car Championship 20th Maserati Biturbo
Ford Sierra RS500
Pro Team Italia
Eggenberger Motorsport
1987 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 24th Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Wolf Racing
1988 European Touring Car Championship 34th Ford Sierra RS500 Wolf Racing
Eggengerber Motorsport
1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 3rd Ford Sierra RS500 Wolf Racing
1988 Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship NC Ford Sierra RS500 Mark Petch Motorsport
Wolf Racing Australasia
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 26th Ford Sierra RS500 Wolf Racing
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 12th BMW M3 Evolution Zakspeed
1990 Italian Superturismo Championship 21st BMW M3 Evolution Bigazzi M Team
1991 British Touring Car Championship 15th BMW M3 Evolution Team Labbat's Vic Lee Motorsport
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 14th BMW M3 Evolution Zakspeed
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 21st BMW M3 Evolution Linder
1993 ADAC GT Cup Class 1 3rd Honda NSX Seikel Motorsport
1993 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 20th BMW M3 Evolution
BMW 318i
Linder
1994 ADAC GT Cup Class 1 2nd Honda NSX Kremer Racing
1995 FIA Touring Car World Cup 8th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1995 Deutscher Tourenwagen Cup 11th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1996 Super Tourenwagen Cup 6th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1998 Super Tourenwagen Cup 6th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1998 Super Tourenwagen Challenge 38th Ford Escort RS2000 Wolf Ford Racing
1998 FIA GT Championship 14th Porsche 911 GT1 Zakspeed
2009 VLN Endurance 99th
2010 VLN Endurance 43rd

Complete World 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 DC Points
1987 Italy Pro Team Italia Maserati Biturbo MNZ
17
JAR DIJ
Ret
NUR
Ret
SPA BNO
24
SIL
12
BAT
Ret
CLD
Ret
WEL 20th 79
Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 FJI
12

Complete Spa 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1980 Belgium BMW Belgium Belgium Jean Wansart
Belgium Claude De Wael
BMW 323i -2500 391 15th 3rd
1982 Belgium Bastos Joosen Juma West Germany Hans Heyer
Belgium Eddy Joosen
Austria Dieter Quester
BMW 528i Div. 3 450 1st 1st
1983 Belgium Bastos Juma Racing Team Belgium Thierry Tassin
West Germany Hans Heyer
BMW 635 CSi Div. 3 488 1st 1st
1984 United Kingdom Rover Gitanes France Jean-Louis Schlesser
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Rover Vitesse Div. 3 NA DNF DNF
1985 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing France Jean-Louis Schlesser
United Kingdom Jeff Allam
Rover Vitesse Div. 3 33 DNF DNF
1986 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam
New Zealand Denny Hulme
Rover Vitesse Div. 3 481 6th 5th
1990 Italy Bastos Bigazzi United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
BMW M3 Evolution DTM/Div. 2 462 4th 3rd
1992 Italy BMW Fina Bastos Team/Bigazzi France Bernard Béguin
Belgium Eddy Joosen
BMW M3 Evolution DTM 503 3rd 3rd
1993 Germany Seikel Motorsport Belgium Bertrand Gachot
Japan Kazuo Shimizu
Honda NSX GT2 233 DNF DNF

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1984 United Kingdom Mobil Rover Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam Rover Vitesse Group A 152 12th 1st
1985 United Kingdom JRA Ltd Australia John Goss Jaguar XJS C 163 1st 1st
1987 Italy Pro Team Italia Australia Kevin Bartlett
Italy Bruno Giacomelli
Maserati Biturbo A 29 DNF DNF
1988 New Zealand Mark Petch Motorsport /
Wolf Racing Australasia
New Zealand Robbie Francevic Ford Sierra RS500 A 103 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  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. 
  3. ^ Armin Hahne - Driver Database
  4. ^ History of Touring Car Racing
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
1985
(with John Goss)
Succeeded by
Allan Grice
Graeme Bailey