From rally world champions to Le Mans heroes, from DTM stars from the past to Formula 1 grand prix winners – the protagonists from different genre were set to battle it out in the up-to-285 bhp Sports Coupés from Wolfsburg.
These legends really got stuck in during the season’s final in Hockenheim (from left to right): Frank Biela, Manuel Reuter, Laurent Aïello, Éric Hélary.
DTM veteran Manuel Reuter was the top-performing legend in the season final of the Scirocco R-Cup in Hockenheim, finishing in tenth place, just ahead of …
… the French touring car expert Éric Hélary. Both he and Reuter have a win in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans under their belts.
Frank Biela won in Le Mans no less than five times and was crowned the 1991 DTM champion in the Audi V8. The final Scirocco R-Cup race was the German’s fifth appearance of the season, and he finished in 13th place.
Laurent Aïello celebrated his greatest DTM success in 2002 when he beat the record-holding champion Bernd Schneider to take the title. He finished in 15th place in the Hockenheim season final.
The stratospheric skydiver Felix Baumgartner of Austria put in an impressive performance in his racing debut in Hockenheim, working his way up from his starting position of 24th to finish 19th in his Cup Scirocco.
The legends in the line-up for the Oschersleben weekend were: Klaus Niedzwiedz, Arie Luyendyk, Jan Lammers, Kurt Thiim.
The Dutchman and former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers was in good form in Oschersleben and finished in seventh place.
Emanuele Pirro of Italy, who is a familiar face both from the DTM and Formula 1, clearly enjoyed himself on the track in the Eifel and finished in a respectable 15th place.
In the line-up on the Norisring: expert endurance racer Marco Werner, former DTM and Formula 1 driver Nicola Larini, touring car icon Harald Grohs and three-time Belgian rally champion Marc Duez.
Marco Werner did well on the Norisring, finishing in fifth place, while Harald Grohs came 13th and Marc Duez of Belgium was 16th. Nicola Larini was less fortunate, as he was shown the black flag.
The legends in the race in Spielberg: Christian Danner, Klaus Niedzwiedz, Johannes Stuck and his father Hans-Joachim.
The racing legend Hans-Joachim ‘Strietzel’ Stuck was the top-ranking of the legends, in 12th place, followed by his son in 15th place. Christian Danner was 19th, while Klaus Niedzwiedz had to retire before the end of the race.
The opening race on the Hockenheimring was contested by the former Formula 1 and touring car driver Eric van de Poele, alongside Nicola Larini, Jan Lammers and Martin Donnelly.
Marc Surer took part in 82 Grands Prix between 1979 and 1986 as a Formula 1 driver. His active career came to an end in 1986 following a bad accident in the Hesse Rally. From 1991 till 1995, Surer was racing chief at BMW in the DTM and STW Cup. He has been working at Sky since 2000 as a Formula 1 TV pundit.
Mika Salo drove in a total of 110 Grands Prix between 1994 and 2002. He recorded his best Formula 1 result in Hockenheim in 1999 when he finished in second place after replacing an injured Michael Schumacher when the latter had an accident in his Ferrari.
Eric van de Poele began his career in touring cars and in 1987 he secured the title in the DTM. He was active in Formula 1 between 1991 and 1992, but was only able to qualify for five races. He came third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001 and he won the 24 Hours of Spa a total of five times.
Markus Winkelhock, former Formula 1 and DTM driver, made history in the Scirocco R-Cup at the Lausitzring in 2012: he is the only Legends entrant so far to have won a race. In 2012, he won the FIA GT1 world championship and also came first in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Klaus Niedzwiedz was runner-up in the World Touring Car Championship in 1987 and the German Touring Car Championship in 1989. These days he is a TV presenter, but he won the Nürburgring 24 Hours twice in 1982 and 1987, and also stood on the podium as winner in six DTM races.
Kurt Thiim was German Formula 3 champion in 1984. In 1986, he celebrated what is probably his greatest success by winning the DTM title in a Rover Vitesse. With a total of 19 racing victories, Thiim stands in third place in the list of the most successful DTM drivers of all time.
Mathias Lauda, son of the three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda, started racing in Formula Nissan 2000 at the age of 21 without the usual go-kart apprenticeship that is common these days. Between 2006 and 2009 he drove in 41 races in the DTM. In 2012, he entered the FIA GT1 World Championship.
Damon Hill was Formula 1 world champion in 1996. He competed in a total of 115 Grands Prix and won 22 of them. Fans mostly remember his acrimonious duels with Michael Schumacher.
Perry McCarthy made the successful transition to Formula 1 in 1992, but was unable to qualify for a race. He raced at Le Mans a total of five times, including two occasions in an Audi R8. McCarthy was ‘The Stig’ in the British TV show Top Gear.
In 1987, Julian Bailey was the first British driver to win a Formula 3000 race. Between 1988 and 1991 he drove in Formula 1. After his Grand Prix career he drove in touring car and sports car races. He won the FIA GT Championship in 2000.
Mark Blundell competed in a total of 61 Grands Prix between 1991 and 1995, achieving a podium finish on three occasions. In 1990, he secured pole position in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and won the French long-distance classic in 1992.
David Brabham, son of three-time Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham, competed in 24 races at the top level between 1990 and 1994. In 2009, the Australian won the 24 Hours of Le Mans; in 2009 and 2010, he won the American Le Mans Series.
Martin Donnelly caused a storm in Formula 3000 in 1988 and 1989 with three wins. The man from Northern Ireland made his Formula 1 debut in the French Grand Prix in 1989, but a bad accident ended his Grand Prix career in 1990.
Among the biggest successes in the unique career of ski jumper Sven Hannawald are one Olympic gold medal, three world championship titles and, of course, his victory in the Four Hills Tournament in 2001/2002 with a still unbeaten four individual wins.
Thomas Morgenstern won his first ski jumping world cup at just 16 years of age. To date, the man from Carinthia has won three gold medals at the Olympic Games, has been world champion eight times and added his name to the list of Four Hills Tournament winners in 2011.
Following five German championship titles, Frank Wörndl became world slalom champion in Alpine ski sport in 1987. In the following year, he won silver in the slalom event at the Olympic Games in Calgary.
Austrian ski jumper Andreas Kofler has two Olympic gold medals in his trophy cabinet. In addition, he has secured five world championship titles in ski jumping and ski-flying. In winter 2009/2010, he was overall winner of the Four Hills Tournament.
In the 1980s, Christian Danner was a Formula 3000 champion and competed in a total of 36 Formula 1 races between 1985 and 1989. Success followed in the DTM. Danner has commentated on live Formula 1 broadcasts for RTL since 1998.
Pedro Lamy drove in Formula 1 from 1993 till 1996, before successfully switching to racing sports and touring cars. His greatest successes include four overall victories in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) and the LMP1 drivers’ title in the 2007 Le Mans Series.
Nicola Larini lined up on the starting grid in 49 Formula 1 Grands Prix between 1987 and 1997. The Italian’s greatest successes, however, were achieved in touring cars. In 1993, he won the DTM at the first attempt and went on to rack up a total of 18 race wins until 1996, making him the fifth most successful driver in the history of the event.
Karl-Heinz Riedle became football world champion with Germany in 1990. At club level, the striker, who earned the nickname ‘Air Riedle’ due to his aerial power, achieved his greatest success with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 with victory in the UEFA Champions League.
Carlos Sainz was at the absolute peak of world rally sport for almost two decades. ‘El Matador’ won 24 of his 180 world championship rallies and secured the title in 1990 and 1992. In 2010, Sainz won the Dakar Rally in the Race Touareg 2.
Juha Kankkunen was record holder in the World Rally Championship for a long time, with four titles (1986, 1987, 1991 and 1993), 23 stage wins and 821 world championship points. In 1988, he also won the Dakar Rally. The Finn has already competed in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup on three occasions.
In 1978, Markku Alén won the FIA Cup, the forerunner of the rally drivers’ world championship. He won a total of 19 world championship rallies. In 1986 and 1988, he was runner-up. Alén demonstrated his talent on the circuit in as early as 1980 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in 1995 in four guest races in the DTM.
Sébastien Ogier will be racing for Volkswagen in the Polo R WRC from 2013 in the World Rally Championship. In 2012, the man who finished third in the world championship in the previous year contested a test season in a Škoda Fabia S2000. He secured numerous class wins and five finishes in the top ten – among the most powerful WRC vehicles.
Klaus Niedzwiedz: Runner-up in the World Touring Car Championship (1987), winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 1982 and 1987, ex-DTM driver (six wins)
Sven Hannawald: Olympic team gold medal in 2002, ski-flying world champion in 2000 and 2002, winner of the Four Hills Tournament in 2001/2002 with four individual wins
Thomas Morgenstern: Triple gold medal winner at the Olympic Games, eight-time ski jumping world champion, winner of the Four Hills Tournament in 2011
Ralf Waldmann: Rider in the MotoGP World Championship from 1986 to 2009 (169 starts, 20 Grand Prix wins)
Dirk Raudies: Rider in the MotoGP World Championship from 1989 to 1997, world champion in the 125 cc class in 1993
Jan Lammers: Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988, Formula 1 driver from 1979 to 1992 (23 Grands Prix), winner of the Daytona 24 Hour Race in 1990
John Nielsen: Winner of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in 1985, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990
Marc Duez: Several-time entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps (three wins) and Nürburgring (four wins)
Niki Schelle: Former JWRC driver (FIA Junior World Rally Championship), second in the German Rally Championship in 1999, presenter of the RTL2 programme GRIP – Das Motormagazin on German television
Johnny Herbert: Ex-Formula 1 driver (161 starts and three Grand Prix wins), winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991
Carlos Sainz: World Rally Championship winner in 1990 and 1992, winner of the Dakar Rally in 2010, Volkswagen Motorsport adviser
Martin Brundle: Formula 1 driver from 1984 to 1996 (a total of 156 Grands Prix), World Sportscar champion in 1988, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990
Klaus Niedzwiedz: Runner-up in the World Touring Car Championship (1987), winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (1982, 1987), Ex-DTM driver (six wins)
Jan Lammers: Formula 1 driver between 1979 and 1992, Le Mans winner in 1988, winner of the Daytona 24 Hour Race in 1990
Slim Borgudd: Musician (former Abba studio drummer) and former racing driver (Formula 1 and Super Race Truck European champion)
Christian Abt: STW Super Touring Car champion in 1999, driver and team owner of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in the DTM
Marc Surer: Formula 1 driver from 1979 to 1986 (82 Grands Prix), racing chief at BMW in the DTM and Super Touring Car Cup from 1991 to 1995
Olaf Manthey: 28 wins as a driver in the VLN Long-Distance Championship at the Nürburgring, winner four times in succession from 2006 to 2009 as team chief
Hans-Joachim Stuck: Winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 1970, 1998 and 2004, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986 and 1987, DTM champion in 1990, Formula 1 driver from 1974 to 1979, Sportscar world champion in 1985
Johnny Herbert: Ex-Formula 1 driver (161 starts and three Grand Prix wins), winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991