Volker Weidler

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Volker Weidler
Born (1962-03-18) 18 March 1962 (age 55)
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 1989
Teams Rial
Entries 10 (0 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1987, 1989–1992
Teams Porsche Kremer Racing, Mazdaspeed (Mazdaspeed/Oreca)
Best finish 1st (1991)
Class wins 1 (1991)

Volker Weidler (born March 18, 1962 in Heidelberg) is a former racing driver from Germany, best known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991.

Career[edit]

Formula racing[edit]

In 1985, he became German Formula Three champion.

In the 1989 Formula One season, Weidler entered 10 Formula One Grands Prix, racing for the Rial team, but failed to qualify the uncompetitive car on every occasion.

After Formula One, he moved to Japan and raced in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship. He often fought over the title with Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Ross Cheever and others in the Japanese Formula 3000, and became popular in Japan.

GT / Sportscars[edit]

In 1991, Weidler teamed with Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot to win Le Mans behind the wheel of the Wankel engine-powered Mazda 787B, marking also the first and only win of the legendary French race by both a Japanese manufacturer and engine supplier. This Wankel engine-powered car was noted for being very loud.

Possibly related to the hours spent in the noisy Mazda,[citation needed] Weidler began to suffer from an ear problem (sensorineural hearing loss) which eventually forced him to retire prematurely from the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship during the 1992 season though Weidler was leading the championship at that time.

When Weidler left the Japanese team, Nova Engineering, he recommended Heinz-Harald Frentzen as his successor.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1986 Bromley Motorsport
Rial
SIL
10
VAL
7
PAU
Ret
SPA
DNQ
IMO MUG
16
PER
DNQ
ZEL
9
BIR BUG JAR NC 0
1988 Onyx Racing JER
Ret
VAL
12
PAU
DNQ
SIL
14
MNZ
9
PER
Ret
BRH
6
BIR
4
BUG
DNS
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
10
15th 5

Complete 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 WDC Pts.
1989 Rial Racing Rial ARC2 Ford Cosworth DFR (Mader) 3.5 V8 BRA
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
EX
HUN
DNQ
BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS NC 0
Source:[1]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans Results[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Denmark Kris Nissen
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C C1 6 DNF DNF
1989 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd Japan Yojiro Terada
Belgium Marc Duez
Mazda 767 GTP 339 12th 3rd
1990 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Belgium Bertrand Gachot
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Mazda 787 GTP 148 DNF DNF
1991 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Belgium Bertrand Gachot
Mazda 787B C2 362 1st 1st
1992 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
France Oreca
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Belgium Bertrand Gachot
Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala
Mazda MXR-01 C1 336 4th 4th

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 415. ISBN 0851127029. 
Sources
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kurt Thiim
German Formula Three champion
1985
Succeeded by
Kris Nissen
Preceded by
John Nielsen
Price Cobb
Martin Brundle
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1991 with:
Johnny Herbert
Bertrand Gachot
Succeeded by
Derek Warwick
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell