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Theo Fitzau was one of a record 34 starters in the 1953 German Grand Prix. He qualified Helmut Niedermayr’s AFM-BMW in 21st position and retired after three laps of the Nürburgring without making an impression.
It was the only world championship GP for someone who had raced in 500cc Formula 3 and F2 since 1949. His hometown of Köthen was in Russian controlled East Germany and Fitzau raced a BMW Special ("Eigenbau") in that country’s Formula 2 championship during 1950 – finishing second at Halle and third at Leipzig that year.
Fitzau then drove a Veritas Meteor in 1951 and again finished on the podium at Halle when third. By the time Fitzau started his next major event – the 1953 German GP – he had defected to the West where he made soap for a living.
He continued to compete regularly in F3 at the time. Second at Freiburg a week after his only GP, Fitzau was classified fifth in the 1953 West German F3 Championship.