BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Karl Heinrich Ahrens, Jr.
Nationality
Born 19 April 1940, Braunschweig
Died
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1960 German Formula Junior 8 0 1 5 0 6.37 2nd
1961 German Formula Junior 7 0 2 ? 0 38 1st
1962 German Formula Junior 7 1 2 ? 3 71 1st
1963 German Formula Junior 7 1 5 ? 4 75 1st
1966 French Formula 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 14th
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Best Finish Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
4 4 0 17/20 7th 0 ? ? ?
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1966 German Grand Prix 1969 German Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Pod F/L Pts Rank
1966 Caltex Racing Brabham BT18* Ford Cosworth 1.0 4cyl 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1967 Ron Harris Racing Protos* Ford Cosworth 1.6 4cyl 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1968 Caltex Racing Brabham BT24 Repco 3.0 V8 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1969 Ahrens Racing Brabham BT30* Ford Cosworth 1.6 4cyl 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC

*Denotes Formula 2 Class

POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1967 Formula 3 European Cup
Formula 3 Åbningsløbet
Caltex Racing Team 1
1
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0

1st
1st
1968 European Formula 2 Kurt Ahrens Junior 8 0 0 1 0 13 7th
1969 European Formula 2
Österreichring 1000Km
Le Mans 24 Hours
Ahrens Racing Team
Porsche System
Porsche System
4
1
1
0
?
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
?
0
6

9th
1st
DNF
1970 Nürburgring 1000Km
Le Mans 24 Hours
Porsche KG Salzburg 1
1
?
1
1
0
1
0
?
0

1st
DNF

Kurt Ahrens, Caltex Racing Team Brabham Repco BT24 - 1968 German Grand Prix


Biography

The son of former Speedway champion Kurt Ahrens, he competed against his father for the first five years of his motorsport career, while also dovetailing this with drives in the German Formula 3 and Formula Junior championships, winning the latter titles in 1961, 1962 and 1963.

Ahrens moved into Formula 2, and it was under the then-rules of the sport that he would be allowed to compete in Formula 2 class machinery at his home Grand Prix in three of the four races at the Nürburgring between 1966 and 1969.

The exception came when he was invited to drive an F1-spec Brabham BT24 at the 1968 race (pictured above), finishing twelfth overall the wet conditions.

That year, he also joined Porsche’s factory sports car team, sharing victory with Jo Siffert at the 1969 1000Km of Austria, as well as being a co-driver in the pole-winning ‘long tail’ Porsche 917 at the 1969 and 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also won the 1000Km Nürburgring with Vic Elford in a Porsche 908 in 1970.

He hung up his helmet in 1970, boasting the feat of never having crashed in a single race he contested.

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