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Karl Oppitzhauser and countryman Otto Stuppacher entered ex-works cars for the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix but both would be disappointed. They were described as "obscure" in one preview of the race and established stars and the governing body alike were concerned by their lack of experience. Oppitzhauser’s Sports Cars of Austria March 761-Ford and Stuppacher’s Tyrrell spent the weekend in the paddock but never turned a wheel.
The former began racing in Formula Vee in 1962 and competed in that category for four seasons. He then raced in minor saloon car series and was a regular in the one-make Alfasud Championship immediately before buying his March 761-Ford for local hillclimbs in 1976.
He also appeared in a British Group Eight race at Brands Hatch that year only to circulate at the back in the most modern F1 car on display. So it was little surprise that Oppitzhauser was deemed too inexperienced to race in a full world championship GP.
Despite that disappointment, he continued in touring cars, sports cars and various Ferrari challenges into the early 2000s without ever convincing. He now runs the Autohaus Oppitzhauser car dealership in his home town.