( Jockel, Smokin ' Jo ), the younger brother of Manfred angle Hock, his motorsport career began in 1979 with the Renault -5- trophy, a touring car championship. In the following years Winkelhock rose on bets in Formula Ford and the German Formula 3 in 1989 with the French team in the AGS Formula 1. With the AGS JH23B but he was able to qualify for a race.
In 1990, Hock angle to BMW and rose for three years in the German Touring Car Championship ( DTM ), where he won three times. From 1993 he was at the British Touring Car Championship at the start and was able to complete his first season with an overall victory.
He also launched successfully in numerous long distance races. 1991 and 1992 won Winkelhock the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring, 1995, the 24 - hour race at Spa -Francorchamps and 1999 on a BMW V12 LMR sports car, the legendary 24 - hour race at Le Mans. With the same car he could enter some success in the American Le Mans Series.
From 2000 to 2003 Joachim Winkelhock was back in the DTM for Opel behind the wheel active, since 2004 he is representative of the brand. Moreover angle Hock was TV co-commentator for ZDF in DTM transmissions.
To date, Joachim Winkelhock is brand ambassador and driving instructors for Opel and the Opel Performance Center ( OPC).