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Willi Heeks drove an AFM-BMW in German Formula 2 races during the 1950s as the sport in the country re-emerged from the austere post-World War II years. A winner at Hockenheim in May 1950 (a very different circuit to now) he raced in the first post-war German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring that summer.
That was a non-championship F2 event as the country’s full re-admittance to racing was still a year away. Heeks returned to the Nordschleife with a new AFM to finish third in the 1951 Eifelrennen. He led the following year’s race before being passed by Stirling Moss and eventually retiring. His best result of 1952 was second at the Sachsenring.
World Championship appearances
Heeks started the World Championship German GPs of 1952 and 1953. His AFM lined up ninth on the grid and ran seventh in the former before retiring and he returned in 1953 with a new two-seater Veritas Meteor. Quickest of all the locals in qualifying, Heeks again failed to finish.
The 1956 Nürburgring 1000Kms, when sharing a Mercedes-Benz 220S with Erwin Bauer, was his last major race and he retired from racing six years later.