Kurt Karl-Heinrich Ahrens, also known as Kurt Ahrens, Jr., (born April 19, 1940 in Braunschweig, Germany) is a former sports car racing and touring car racing driver who occasionally appeared in German Grand Prix Formula One races.

His father, Kurt Ahrens Sr., was a German Speedway champion who competed against his son for 5 years. Kurt Ahrens, Jr. started in 1958 with a Cooper-Norton Formula 3 and won the German Formula Junior title in 1961 and 1963, when his father retired.

He then raced Formula 2 and was present when Jim Clark was killed at the Hockenheimring in 1968. Due to the long Nürburgring track, it was possible to take part in the German Grand Prix in Formula 2 cars. He participated mostly with Brabhams for the Caltex Racing team, and was invited to drive the Brabham-Repco F1 in the wet 1968 German Grand Prix.

In 1968, Kurt joined also the Porsche factory sports car team and shared victory with Jo Siffert in the 1969 Austrian 1000 km event. He co-drove the pole-setting Porsche 917 "long tail" at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, but neither car finished. In 1970, he partnered with Vic Elford to win the 1000km Nürburgring in a Porsche 908.

Ahrens retired after 1970, taking pride in never crashing in a race. He had suffered a high speed shunt in April 1970 while testing a long tail Porsche on a wet Ehra-Lessien, with the car disintegrating badly- the car went under the Armco barrier and broke in half (as they were known to do), leaving Ahrens strapped in the back.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Italics indicates Formula Two entreats.

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1966 Germany Caltex Racing Team Brabham-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1967 United Kingdom Ron Harris Racing Team Protos-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1968 Germany Caltex Racing Team Brabham-Repco 0 NC Report
1969 Germany Ahrens Racing Team Brabham-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts Pos
1966 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret[1]
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.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 Canada.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret[1]
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
12th
1969 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
7th[1]


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
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Formula Two driver.
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1966 Teams and Drivers
Teams Brabham • BRM • Cooper • Ferrari • Honda • Lotus • Matra • McLaren • Shannon
Engines BRM • Climax • Cosworth • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Maserati • Repco • Serenissima • Weslake
Non-works Entrants Reg Parnell Racing • Team Chamaco-Collect • Bernard White Racing • R.R.C. Walker Racing Team • Joakim Bonnier Racing Team • DW Racing Enterprises • David Bridges • Caltex Racing Team • Tyrrell Racing Organisation • Roy Winkelmann Racing • Silvio Moser • Chris Amon Racing • J.A. Pearce Engineering
Drivers Ahrens • Amon • Anderson • Arundell • Baghetti • Bandini • Beltoise • Bondurant • Bonnier • Brabham • Bucknum • Courage • Clark • "Geki" • Ginther • Gurney • Hahne • Herrmann • G. Hill • P. Hill • Hulme • Ireland • Ickx • Irwin • Lawrence • Ligier • McLaren • Mitter • Moser • Parkes • Rees • Rindt • Rodríguez • Scarfiotti • Schlesser • Siffert • Solana • Spence • Stewart • Surtees • J. Taylor • T. Taylor • Wilson
1967 Teams and Drivers
Teams Brabham • BRM • Cooper • Eagle • Ferrari • Honda • LDS • Lola • Lotus • Matra • McLaren • Protos
Engines ATS • BMW • BRM • Climax • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Honda • Maserati • Weslake
Non-Works Entrants Bernard White Racing • Castrol Oils Ltd. • Charles Vögele Racing • DW Racing Enterprises • Ecurie Ford-France • Joakim Bonnier Racing Team • Reg Parnell Racing • Rob Walker Racing Team • Ron Harris Racing Team • Roy Winkelmann Racing • Scuderia Scribante • Tyrrell Racing Organisation
Drivers Ahrens • Amon • Anderson • Attwood • Bandini • Baghetti • Bandini • Beltoise • Bonnier • Botha • Brabham • Charlton • Clark • Courage • Fisher • Ginther • Gurney • Hart • Hahne • Hill • Hulme • Hobbs • Ickx • Irwin • Jones • Ligier • Love • McLaren • Mitter • Moser • Oliver • Parkes • Pease • Redman • Rees • Rindt • Rodríguez • Scarfiotti • Schlesser • Servoz-Gavin • Siffert • Solana • Spence • Stewart • Surtees • Tingle • Wietzes • Williams
1968 Teams and Drivers
Teams Brabham • BRM • Cooper • Eagle • Ferrari • Honda • LDS • Lola • Lotus • Matra • McLaren
Engines BMW • BRM • Climax • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Honda • Maserati • Matra • Repco • Weslake
Non-works Entrants Bernard White Racing • Caltex Racing Team • Castrol Oils Ltd. • Charles Vögele Racing • Joakim Bonnier Racing Team • John Love • Matra International • Rob Walker Racing Team • Scuderia Scribante • Team Gunston • Team Pretoria
Drivers De Adamich • Ahrens • Amon • Andretti • Attwood • Bell • Beltoise • Bonnier • Brabham • Brack • Charlton • Clark • Courage • Elford • Gardner • Gurney • Hahne • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Love • McLaren • Moser • Oliver • Pease • Pescarolo • Pretorius • Redman • Rindt • Rodríguez • Van Rooyen • Scarfiotti • Schlesser • Servoz-Gavin • Siffert • Solana • Spence • Stewart • Surtees • Tingle • Unser • Widdows
1969 Teams and Drivers
Teams BMWBrabhamBRMCooperEagleFerrariLotusMatraMcLarenTecno
Engines BMWBRMClimaxFerrariFord CosworthMaseratiRepco
Non-Works Entrants Ahrens Racing TeamAntique AutomobilesEcurie BonnierFelday Engineering Ltd.Frank Williams Racing CarsJack HolmeJohn MaryonMatra InternationalNorth American Racing TeamPaul SeitzPete Lovely Volkswagen Inc.Reg Parnell RacingRob Walker Racing TeamRoy Winkelmann RacingSilvio Moser Racing TeamSquadra TartarugaTeam GunstonTeam Lawson
Drivers AhrensAmonAndrettiBeltoiseBonnierBrabhamBrackBrambillaCevertCordtsCordtsCourageEatonElfordHahneHerrmannHillHulmede KlerkLoveMcLarenMilesMitterMoserOliverPeasePerrotPescaroloQuesterRindtRodríguezvan RooyenSiffertServoz-GavinStewartStommelenSurteesTingleWestbury
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