Reinhold Joest

Date of birth : April 24 1973

Biography Reinhold Joest

Reinhold Joest’s career as racing driver began in 1962 with a Porsche 356 S75 at the Eberbach Hill Climb. Reinhold Joest competed mainly in hill climb events till 1967. He was quite succesful and won the German Championship twice. From 1966 onwards Reinhold Joest devoted more and more time to circuit racing. Again with lots of succes. One of his most important wins was the class win at the 1966 Nürburgring 1000Km .

As driver, Reinhold Joest celebrated overall victories at the 1000 kilometre race around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most difficult race track, in 1970 and 1980. Six times he celebrated class victories.  His driving capabilities did not remain unnoticed.

Porsche works driver

In 1971, Porsche asked Reinhold Joest to join the factory racing team. And so he did. As works driver Reinhold Joest celebrated numerous successes, Unfortunately Reinhold Joest never won the legendary Le Mans . In 1978 Reinhold Joest finished 2nd at the Le Mans 24H  together with the Americans Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg. That same year he wins the European Sportscar Championship.In 1980 another 2nd place at La Sarthehe was close to that, but he stranded on a second place overall in the Porsche 936.  It is, at the same time, the birth year of Joest Racing and an important step from the driver Reinhold Joest to Reinhold Joest as team boss. . In 1969 he was third in Le Mans driving a Ford GT40, as well as 1972 in the Porsche 908/2 Long-tail.  

1979 – racing driver becomes the team boss : Reinhold Joest
1979 – left Rolf Stommelen, right Reinhold Joest :the team boss

 

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