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Bernhard Nacke, Bechem's alias, redirects here.

Karl-Günther Bechem (born December 21 1921 in Hagen, Weimar Republic (modern-day Germany)) was a German Formula One racing driver who competed in two German Grands Prix in 1952 and 1953 as a privateer. Bechem entered the first of these under the pseudonym, "Bernhard Nacke" in order to hide his racing career from his family. Bechem failed to finish in both of these races, completing only seven laps (159.67km) of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

After his F1 career came to an end, Bechem took to sportscar racing, but his career was cut short by serious injuries sustained during the Carrera Panamericana border-to-border race in Mexico in 1954.

Bechem died on May 3 2011.


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1952 "Bernhard Nacke" privateer (BMW) 0 NC
1953 Günther Bechem privateer (AFM) 0 NC

Career Statistics[]

Entries 2
Starts 2
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 7
Distance Raced 160 km (99 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1952 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1953 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols

Notes[]

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