Dieter Quester

Quester
Nationality Austrian
Date of Birth 30 May, 1939
Teams BMW (1969)
Surtees (1974)
Races Entered 2
DNQ/DNPQ -
Best Result 9th, Austria, 1974

Austrian legend with a motorsports career spanning more than four decades, featuring success in F2, touring cars and sportscar racing. A 4-time ETCC winner, Quester had a one-off Grand Prix start for Surtees in 1974, and is still competitive in GT racing, despite being aged in his 60s.

The initial version of this biography was prepared in January 2000, as a tribute to British actor Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999), who portrayed 'Q' in the James Bond films. Dieter Quester is to this day the only driver ever to attempt Formula One with a surname beginning with 'Q'.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1958-62 • Competed in outboard speedboat racing.
• European Motorboat champion in 1958 and 1962.
1963-5 • Competed in motorcycle racing on a BMW, Norton and NSU.
1966 • Austrian Touring Car Championship, 1st overall.
• Winner of the International BMW Motorsport Trophy.
1967 • International Manufacturer's Championship, 1 start in a Lola T110 BMW.
• Freeport Formula Vee Governor's Trophy, 1st place.
1968 • ETCC, 1st overall in Division 3, 42.5 points, 3 class wins in a BMW 2002 with various drivers.
• European Hillclimb championship, 4th overall in a BMW prototype.
1969 • Formula 2 in a Lola T102 BMW and a BMW 269.
• ETCC, 1st overall in Division 3, 46.5 points, 5 class wins in a BMW 2002 with Hahne.
• European Hillclimb championship, 3rd overall in a BMW prototype.
• International Championship for Makes, 1 start in a David Piper Racing Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet with Piper.
1970 • Formula 2, 4th overall, 14 points, 1 win in a BMW 269 and BMW 270.
• Macau GP, 1st place in a BMW 270.
• European 2-litre Sportscar Championship, 3 starts, 1 heat win in an Abarth 2000SP and a Köpchen Tuning Chevron B16 BMW.
1971 • Formula 2, 3rd overall, 31 points, in a March Engineering Brabham BT30 FVA and an Eifelland March 712M BMW.
• European 2-litre Sportscar Championship, 1 start in an Abarth 2000SP/71.
1972 • Formula 2, 1 start in a Matchbox Team Surtees TS10 BDA/Hart.
• World Championship for Makes, 1 start in an Abarth Osella SE021.
• European 2-litre Sportscar Championship, 4 starts, 1 outright win, 2 heat wins in a Bosch Racing Chevron B21 BMW.
1973 • ETCC, 3rd overall, 75 points, 3 wins in a BMW Motorsport BMW 3.0 CSL with various drivers.
• World Championship for Makes, 2 starts in a BMW Motorsport BMW 3.0 CSL with Hezemans.
• European 2-litre Sportscar Championship, 3 starts, 6th overall, 22 points in an Osella PA1 Abarth.
1974 • Formula 2 in a Harper March 742 BMW and Chevron B27 Ford/BMW.
Formula One
1969 • BMW 269 (F2 specification), 1 entry, withdrawn after practice.
1974 • Team Surtees, Surtees TS16 Cosworth V8, 1 entry.
After F1
1975 • ETCC, 3 starts, =10th overall, 20 points, 1 win in a Schnitzer BMW 3.0 CSL with various drivers.
• IMSA, 1 start, 1 win in a Schnitzer BMW 3.0 CSL with Stuck.
• European GT Championship, 1 start in a Porsche Carrera RSR.
1976 • World Championship for Makes, 2 wins in a Schnitzer BMW 3.5 CSL with various drivers.
• Le Mans 24hrs, retired in a Schnitzer BMW 3.0 CSL with Krebs and Peltier.
1977 • ETCC, 1st overall, 125 points, 5 wins in an Alpina BMW 3.0 CSL with various drivers.
• World Championship for Makes, 2 starts in an Osella PA5 BMW with various drivers.
• DRM, 1 start in Division II in a HAT BMW 320.
1978 • World Championship for Makes in a Faltz Preparation BMW 320i with various drivers.
• Le Mans 24hrs, retired in a BMW (GB) Racing Osella PA6 BMW with Walkinshaw and Dougall.
• World Championship for Endurance Drivers, 2 starts, =76th overall, 15 points.
• DRM, 1 start in Division II in a Faltz BMW 320.
• Norisring Trophy, 12th place in a Faltz BMW 320.
• Bathurst 1000, retired in a Holden Torana with Bell.
1979 • Procar championship, 12th overall, 22 points in a BMW M1.
• Gunnar Nilsson Memorial Procar event, 7th place in a Cooper Cars of Leicester BMW M1.
• World Championship for Endurance Drivers, 1 entry at Le Mans in a March Racing BMW M1 with Edwards and Grob.
• DRM, 1 start in Division II in a Ford Capri Turbo.
• Competed in the Bathurst 1000 in a Holden Torana with Morris.
1980 • Procar championship, =14th overall, 15 points in a BMW M1.
• World Championship for Makes, 2 starts in a BMW France BMW M1 with various drivers.
• DRM, 1 start in Division I in a Castrol österreich BMW M1.
1981 • World Championship for Drivers and Makes, 4 starts, 83rd overall, 28.5 points in a BMW North America, ORECA and Sauber BMW M1 with various drivers.
• DRM, 1 start in Division I in a Sauber BMW M1.
• Norisring Trophy, 8th place in a Sauber BMW M1.
1982 • World Endurance Championship, 1 start at Le Mans in a BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport Sauber SHS C6 Ford with Schlesser and Stuck.
• DRM, 2 starts in a BMW M1.
1983 • ETCC, 1st overall, 181 points, 2 wins in a Schnitzer BMW 635 CSi with various drivers.
• World Endurance Championship, 1 start at Le Mans in a John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 956 with Fitzpatrick and Hobbs.
1984 • ETCC in a Schnitzer BMW 635 CSi with various drivers.
• World Endurance Championship, 3 starts in a BF Goodrich Lola T616 Mazda with various drivers.
• IMSA, 1 start at Daytona in a Jim Busby Racing Lola T616 Mazda with Halsmer, Grable and Knoop.
1985 • ETCC in a Schnitzer BMW 635 CSi with various drivers.
• World Endurance Championship, 1 entry at Le Mans in a Sauber C8 Mercedes with Welti and Nielsen.
• IMSA, 2 starts at Daytona and Sebring in a BF Goodrich Porsche 962 with various drivers.
1986 • ETCC, =9th overall, 143 points, 1 win in a Schnitzer BMW 635 CSi.
• World Sportscar Championship, 1 start at Le Mans in a Sauber C8 Mercedes with Pescarolo and Danner.
1987 • ETCC, 6th overall, 149 points, 2 wins in a Linder BMW M3 with various drivers.
1988 • ETCC, 3 starts, 1 win in a Schnitzer BMW M3 with various drivers.
• DTM, 9th overall, 167 points in a Schnitzer BMW M3.
1989 • DTM, 15th overall, 127 points in a Zakspeed BMW M3.
• IMSA, 1 start at Daytona in a Spice Engineering Spice SE89P Pontiac with Los and Kline.
1990 • DTM, 20th overall, 20 points in a BMW M3 Sport Evolution.
1991 • DTM in a Linder BMW M3 Sport Evolution.
1992 • Competed in selected touring car events in Europe.
1993 • Austrian touring car championship, 1st overall in a BMW M3.
• IMSA, 1 start at Sebring in an Ed Arnold Racing BMW M5 with Hodgetts and Donohue.
• IMSA Supercars, 1 start in a BMW M5.
1994 • German Super Touring championship in a BMW 320.
• IMSA, 1 start at Sebring in a Pegasus Racing Pegasus BMW with Kuttner and Halsmer.
1995 • IMSA, 4 entries in a GTS-2 class PTG BMW M3 with various drivers.
1996 • IMSA, 4 starts, 27th overall in GTS-2 class, 31 points in a PTG BMW M3 with various drivers.
• Competed in International Group N in a BMW.
1997 • IMSA, 3 starts in a GTS-3 class PTG BMW M3 with various drivers.
• IMSA GT, 6th overall in GTS-3 class, 165 points, 1 class win in a PTG BMW M3 with Duez.
• FIA GT championship, 1 start, =24th overall in GT2 class, 4 points in an ORECA Chrysler Viper GTS-R with J. Bell.
• Competed in International Group N in a BMW.
1998 • USRRC, 1 start at Daytona in a PTG BMW M3 with Simo, Cunningham and Valentine.
• Italian Super Touring championship in a Team Duller Motorsport BMW M3.
• Competed in International Group N in a BMW.
1999 • USRRC, 1 start at Daytona in a PTG BMW M3 with Simo, Cunningham, Said and Irvan.
• Italian Super Touring championship in a Team Duller Motorsport BMW M3.
• Competed in International Group N in a BMW.
2000 • Grand-Am, 1 start at Daytona, =49th overall in GTU class, 43 points in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R with Peter, Höfer, Riccitelli and Willems.
• ALMS, 2 starts in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R with various drivers.
• FIA GT championship, 5 starts, 6th overall in N-GT class, 25 points, 1 class win in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R with various drivers.
2001 • Grand-Am, 1 start at Daytona in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R with Riccitelli, Höfer and Duez.
• ALMS, 1 start at Sebring in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R with Peter and Simon.
• FIA GT championship, 4th overall in N-GT class, 52 points, 2 class wins in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R with various drivers.
2002 • Grand-Am, 1 start at Daytona in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RS with Riccitelli, Vosse and Said.
• FIA GT championship in an RWS Motorsport Porsche 996GT with Riccitelli.

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