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Joachim Winkelhock

Born:
24th October 1960 (Age 59)
Waiblingen, Baden-Wurttemberg
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

"Smokin' Jo" Winkelhock is the middle of three racing brothers and he followed older sibling Manfred into Grand Prix racing for a brief but unsuccessful spell with AGS. However, he enjoyed a long and rewarding career in sports cars and saloons thereafter.

Early racing career

He first competed with a Renault Five in 1979 and made his German Formula 3 debut four years later. Manfred’s death in 1985 interrupted his career but the younger Winkelhock returned with resolve and success. He drove WTS Racing’s Reynard 873-Volkswagen in 1987 and won the final round to finish as runner-up behind a dominant Bernd Schneider.

He remained with the team for 1988 and won the opening three rounds. He tested for Zakspeed shortly before winning again at Wunstorf. German F3 Champion, Winkelhock beat the cream of that year’s F3 stars from across the continent in the European Cup at the Nürburgring.

Formula 1 with AGS

That success led to Formula 1 and a horrible half season with the tiny AGS outfit – unable to pre-qualify an AGS JH23B-Ford for any of the seven GPs he entered. Winkelhock re-established himself with BMW in touring cars in Germany – a winner in the DTM and Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Successful in sports cars and saloons

He transferred to the British series in 1993 with Schnitzer’s BMW 318i. With lit cigarette normally in hand, he was soon a favourite with the press and fans alike as he fended off a late-season charge from Ford’s Paul Radisich to clinch the BTCC title.

Further championship success followed for BMW. 1994 Asia-Pacific Champion and 1995 German 2000cc title winner, he also won the Spa 24 Hours that latter year. Winkelhock was inevitably part of the line-up when BMW entered Le Mans. He retired from the 1998 race before he shared the 1999 winning BMW V12 LMR with Pierluigi Martini and Yannick Dalmas, the man who had replaced him in F1.

Winkelhock raced Opels in the DTM from 2000 to 2003 before retiring from motor racing. He now runs the family crane hire business in his native Waiblingen near Stuttgart.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2003 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Euroteam
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 1
2002 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Team Phoenix
9 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 3
2001 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Team Holzer
7 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 12
2000 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Team Holzer
16 (2) 3 5 1
7% win rate
5th 113
1996 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 5th 158
1995 German Super Touring Car Championship 1st -
1994 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 6th 147
1994 Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship 1st -
1993 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship 1st 163
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Schnitzer
24 0 3 1
5% win rate
8th 110
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Schnitzer
24 0 4 1
5% win rate
7th 101
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Team Bigazzi
22 0 4 1
5% win rate
6th 119
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
AMG Mercedes
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
34th 13
1989 F1 World Championship
Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive
0 (7) 0 0 0 0
1988 European F3 Cup
WTS Equipe
1 0 1 1
100% win rate
1st 0
1988 German F3 Championship 1st 164
1987 World Touring Car Championship 4 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 EFDA F3 Euroseries
WTS Racing Team
2 0 0 0 0
1987 European F3 Cup
WTS Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 German F3 Championship 2nd 98
1987 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Wolf Racing
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 28
1986 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
BMW Team Isert
7 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 39
1983 German F3 Championship 23rd 1
1981 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0