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Volker Weidler

18th March 1962 (Age 58)
Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg
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Volker Weidler’s racing career began in Formula Ford 1600 and he finished as runner-up in 1982 – his third season in the category. He also made his Formula 3 debut that year and the next two campaigns yielded third in 1983 (for Walter Lechner) and second a year later (with Bertram Schäfer Racing) in the German series. Wiedler also finished a creditable fourth at Macau in 1984 and switched to Josef Kaufmann’s Martini MK45-Volkswagen to win six times and clinch the 1985 title.

Sixth on his World Sportscar Championship debut at Spa-Francorchamps that year, he finished fourth in the 1986 Fuji 1000Kms with a Kremer Porsche 962 and Bruno Giacomelli. That was a busy year for Weidler. Runner-up in the DTM driving a Team Marko Mercedes-Benz 190E, he struggled in the FIA Formula 3000 Championship with Bromley Motorsport’s Ralt RT20-Cosworth.

He remained with Kremer for the 1987 sports car season and finished second at Jerez. It was a surprise however when Marlboro chose Weidler for the plum Onyx March F3000 drive for 1988. He suffered another poor season with fourth at Birmingham his best result.

Formula 1 frustration and success at Le Mans

He still graduated to F1 in 1989 but again Weidler was to be frustrated in single-seaters. His Rial ARC2-Ford was one of those forced to pre-qualify and he failed to make it into a Grand Prix in 10 attempts.

He raced in Japanese F3000 from 1990 to 1992. A regular race winner during that time, he finished third in 1991 with a Team Nova Lola T91/50-Mugen. That year also included the most notable win of his career. He shared a rotary Mazda 787B with Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours. It was a memorable triumph for they beat more experienced specialists to give Japan its first victory in the race.

Weidler was fourth at Le Mans in 1992 but was forced to retire from the sport shortly afterwards due to the ear complaint tinnitus.

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