Franz Konrad (racing driver)
Franz Konrad was born in Austria and Austrian citizen, but always went with a German license and is, according to the Statutes of the FIA, therefore, a German racing driver.
Konrad started his career in the German Formula 3 Championship in 1980, he became the overall winner in 1983. Parallel to the formula 3 ( he drove from 1980 to 1985 over and over again race in this formula ), he drove between 1980 and 1982 in the European Formula 2 Championship in a March - BMW, but not as successful as in Formula 3
Since 1978, Konrad drove successful sports car racing and founded with Konrad Motorsport own team, which (North Rhine Westphalia ) is based in Verl district Sürenheide. He started 17 times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He drove in the Inter- Series, the ADAC GT Cup, the BPR series, the Spanish GT Championship, the FIA GT Championship and the ALMS. His greatest success as a driver in 1993 was the victory in the 24 -hour race at the Nürburgring in a Porsche 911 Carrera, he also reached the 2nd place in 1990 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace on a Jaguar XJR 12 Almost his entire career he drove sports car racing with Porsche vehicles. In 2001 he moved to Saleen. His team was the first one that started this U.S. vehicles in Europe.
In 2006 he returned to international level back to Porsche and put a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR in the 24 -hour race in Bahrain and Dubai one. In 2007, he returned after a long time on the Nordschleife and started with a new Porsche 997 GT3 RSR at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. However, the team already in the first round fell out after an accident.