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Hans-Georg Burger

1st April 1952
Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate
22nd July 1980 (Aged 28)
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland (NL), following an accident before the Zandvoort F2 race
Most recent race (in database):

The 1980 Formula 2 season had already been marred by the death of Markus Höttinger when friend and former team-mate Hans-Georg Bürger was killed just 13 weeks later. This personable German began racing in 1976 and was runner-up to Mauro Baldi in the European Renault Five Cup a year later.

Success in the BMW M1 Procar series

Formula 3 followed in 1978 with Bertram Schäfer’s Ralt RT1-Toyota when title success again proved elusive – beaten in the 1979 German F3 Championship by Michael Korten. Bürger also shared a GS Tuning BMW 320i with Höttinger in German sports cars that year but it was his debut in BMW M1 Procars that drew wider acclaim. Invited to drive a works car in the German Grand Prix support race, Bürger passed Didier Pironi to take an impressive third place against the established Formula 1 stars of the day.

Formula 2 with Tiga

He continued in Procars in 1980 with GS Tuning’s BASF-sponsored M1 and graduated to F2 with the unique Tiga F280-BMW. He finished eighth on his debut at Thruxton before impressing at the Nürburgring by qualifying second on the 14-mile Nordschleife. Bürger ran second before the Tiga’s gear linkage broke.

However, he crashed at Zandvoort’s 125mph Scheivlak corner during morning warm-up and a pole from the catch fencing struck his helmet. It split near in two and Bürger suffered severe head injuries. He died in an Amsterdam hospital two days later leaving a young widow and nine-month-old son.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1980 European F2 Championship
Team Tiga
5 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1980 World Championship of Makes
Dominique Lacaud
2 0 0 0 2
1980 European F3 Championship
Klaus Zimmermann Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1980 BMW M1 Procar
GS Team
5 0 1 0
0% win rate
14th 15
1980 German F3 Championship 20th 4
1979 World Championship of Makes
Anton Fischhaber
1 0 0 0 6
1979 European F3 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
19th 4
1979 BMW M1 Procar
BMW Motorsport
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 18
1979 German F3 Championship 2nd 73
1978 European F3 Championship
Auto Zeitung Nachwuchsforderung
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1978 German F3 Championship 5th 56