One of the greatest German racing drivers of his generation, Hans-Joachim Stuck, has confirmed that he will contest the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer – and he’ll be driving the car in which he became DTM champion in 1990.
Audi has chosen to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stuck’s success – which was also the manufacturer’s first in the DTM – by bringing an example of the V8 Quattro DTM used that season to the iconic 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb on June 25-28.
Stuck, whose father achieved four major grand prix victories, plus three European Hillclimb titles with Auto Union (Audi’s former identity) during the 1930s, echoed some of Hans Sr’s flat-out and fearless driving during his career.
A master of the daunting 14-mile Nurburgring, Stuck won the inaugural 24-hour race at the circuit in 1970 and showed none of his skill had abated 34 years later when he added a third success at the event.
During the intervening period, he claimed a pair of Formula 1 podiums during a five-year stint in motor sport’s top echelon, but it was in sportscar racing in which he really excelled.
He claimed a pair of Le Mans 24 Hours wins plus a World Sportscar title with Porsche during the mid-1980s, and added a pair of titles in the ADAC Supercup in his homeland to boot, before switching back to saloon racing with Audi and winning the DTM.
Hans-Joachim Stuck career highlights
1970, ’98, ’04: Nurburgring 24 Hours winner
1972: Spa 24 Hours winner, DRM champion
1974: Runner-up, European F2
1974-79: 74 F1 grand prix starts (2 podiums)
1975, ’86, ’88: Sebring 12 Hours winners
1985: World Sportscar champion
1986, ’87: ADAC Supercup winner
1986, ’87: Le Mans 24 Hours winner
1990: DTM champion