Manfred Winkelhock ( born October 6, 1951 in Waiblingen, † August 12, 1985 in Toronto ) was a German racing driver. He started in the early 1980s in Formula 1 and the World Sportscar Championship, where he was killed in 1985 and died as a result.
The son of a crane and towing contractor lived in Berglen -Steinach (Württemberg). His motorsport career began in 1976 in the newly established VW Junior Cup with a win in the first race and winning the series at the end of the season. Angle Hock became famous in 1977 by Junior inserts with Marc Surer and Eddie Cheever in the BMW team in BMW touring car. In the German Racing Championship ( DRM) he drove with success top-class racing car from Porsche and Ford 1980, he survived on the Nürburgring- Nordschleife a spectacular accident unhurt when his Formula 2 racing car on a hilltop in front of the stretch of the airfield due to a damaged front wing took off and rolled over several times in the air once backward and landing sideways.
In the same year he tried in vain to qualify in the Arrows in Imola for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. 1982 and 1983, he went the entire season for the German team ATS at the start, where he at some races - as in Monaco - sit up with good training performance was when he held the provisional pole position. After ATS team boss Günter Schmid had by differences at the Grand Prix of Monza separated from him in 1984 to get drivers with sponsorship, angle Hock started in a race for Brabham. In 1985 he drove for the English RAM Formula 1 team and also started in the World Sportscar Championship. Overall, Manfred Winkelhock denied 47 F1 races, where he two championship points: to win (Rio de Janeiro 1982 5th place).
Accident in 1985
Manfred Winkelhock died on August 12, 1985 a day after an accident in a sports car race at Mosport Park near Toronto (Canada) to his severe head injuries. With his Porsche 962 angle Hock was - probably due to a suspension failure - crashed into a concrete wall at about 230 km / h. Only after 25 minutes of the unconscious could be freed from the wreckage.
His brother Joachim Winkelhock was until 1996 active in the German Touring Car Championship or to 2003 in succession to DTM series as a racing driver. Thomas angle Hock, the youngest of the three brothers, is active in the DMSB Production Car Championship. Manfred's son Markus Winkelhock drove in the DTM to 2003 Formula 3 and in 2004 for AMG - Mercedes. He went in 2006 in Formula 1 for the Midland F1 Racing team as a test driver at the start and in 2007 was active in Midland follow- Team Spyker F1 Racing test driver and reserve driver. On 22 July 2007 he was part of the European Grand Prix on the Nürburgring his debut in Formula 1 from 2007 to 2010, he went back in the DTM for Audi Team Rosberg. Since 2011, Markus Winkelhock drives in the FIA GT1 World Championship for the team Munnich Motorsport.