Friend to RichardsF1.com and former Grand Prix racer Hans-Joachim Stuck has been elected to the top post in Germany’s national motorsport authority, the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund.
The 61-year-old son of pre-War racing ace Hans Stuck is perhaps better known for his exploits in touring cars and endurance racing, but the tall and humorous German also enjoyed a protracted Grand Prix career in the late 1970s with the likes of March, Brabham, Shadow and ATS. His best finishes were a pair of podiums in 1977.
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Post-F1, he went on to win the 1985 World Sports Car Championship and the 1986 Le Mans 24 Hours before enjoying several years in the American IMSA and TransAm scene.
He returned to his homeland in the late 1980s, winning the German Touring Car Championship with Audi in 1990.
More recently, he was worked as a television commentator and enjoyed a stint as the head of the Volkswagen group’s motorsport programme.
“In the last years of my career as a racing driver I felt more and more the urge to give something back to my sport,” he has said of his latest appointment.
“I have seen many unique moments in racing and would like to use that experience now. Safety and promoting young drivers are two areas that are close to my heart.”