The early beginnings
To get on this bicycle I had to lean it against the fence, climb up the fence and then drop myself on the seat. Stopping was a challenge at first but I figured it out pretty quickly!!
Scuderia Hanseat Nurburgring 1973
In a rental VW bug I learned my way around the Ring at 17.
In the Caroussel at the Ring
5 contenders Winfield FR final 1979
Of these five finalists only one will get the big prize, a ticket to participate in the French formula Renault Championship, all expenses paid!
Finale Winfield 1979
One of five qualifying laps during the final at the Winfield Racing school at Magny Cours. Look closely I am drifting!!
Winner FR Volant Magny Cours 1979
And the winner is..Yes that's me with a mustache. In the background the judges of the day, Didier Pironi, Francois Depailler, Gerard Larousse, Rene Arnoux, Jean Ragnotti, all French Formula 1 drivers.
Winner Winfield school 1979
Rouen FR 1981
FR Team Thiel 1980
1st victory FR Nogaro 1980
Kurt Thiel 1981
Formula Renault Pau 1980
FR Nurburgring 1981
Qualified on the front row at the Norschleife at my first attempt. Lap time 8:24!
1st FR 1981 Nurburgring
A very special feeling to be on the podium at the Ring. Little did I know I would make it to the top step again 20 years later!
FR Magny Cours 1981 P2
1st place GTM SPA 1999 Corvette 66
A 550 HP Corvette with drum brakes in the rear and high sidewall tires. Once you cooked the tires teh race was over so you had to drive real clean. A 1st place at the legendary SPA circuit is a very special feeling. With the open header exhaust and no window I almost lost my hearing that day...forgot my ear plugs!
GTM SPA 1999 with Vette 66
3rd place GTM 1999 Hockenheim
In 1999 we still used the long track. Back in the woods and at top speed of 260 kph the car would literally take off as it had no downforce. A very hairy feeling at those speeds!
Hungaroring 1999 911GT2, 9th place
An epic FIA race with a 550 HP twin turbo 911 GT. After an hour in horrendous heat (70 deg in cockpit) I had to throw in the towel - dehydration. As I was recovering about an hour later our nr. 2 driver prematurely ended his stint. I only just managed the remaining 45 minutes till the checkered flag as reflexes faded. 9th place and best of the privateers.
Daytona 24 hours 1999
With Italian team MAC Racing in a GT3 RS. Great fun to drive.
Daytona 24 hrs 2000 MAC Racing
Las Vegas Nascar course
Porsche GT3RS Daytona 24 H 2000
Freisinger Motors, Daytona 24H 2001
2004 Daytona 24
2004 Daytona 24
With Graham Nash Motorsports I had my best drive yet at Daytona until the engine expired at 1:00 AM. We were leading our class at the time!
2004 Daytona 24 H
Daytona 24 2004 with Graham Nash
2004 Daytona 24
Daytona 24 H, ASC Motorsport
Daytona 2005 ACR Vette C5R
Marco Keller Racing 2005 24H Nurburg
Great team of drivers but a race to forget as it was the year I got shunted off the course by Dirk Adorf in a Lambo.
Without our mechanics we would be nobodies!! They are often not given enough credit so I make a point of letting them know at every occasion how appreciated they are!!
24 H Nurburgring
Fantastic support from Cat Financial Germany!
250000 spectators at the 24 H
Office for the day!
Driver line up 24 H 2004 NRBG
Go Cat Finance Germany!!
UFO at the track
Having fun !!
Pre Start photo shoot 24H
M3 E36 for the 24 H Nurburgring 2004
manual transmission in M3
Dubai 24 H in a 120 TD
A slow car and after some significant engine problems we still rallied the finish 5th in class
Cor Euser race team