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Walter Röhrl - Audi Sport quattro S1 am Pikes Peak (1987)
Walter Röhrl - Audi Sport quattro S1 am Pikes Peak (1987)
Published: 2013/11/28
Channel: Creapor
Walter Röhrl in his Audi Sport Quattro S1 - The most amazing onboard ride (Original Rallye Footage!)
Walter Röhrl in his Audi Sport Quattro S1 - The most amazing onboard ride (Original Rallye Footage!)
Published: 2010/09/04
Channel: basZero RACING
Walter Röhrl / W.D. Ihle - Audi Sport Quattro S1 (E2) - rallylegend 2010 - Onboard SS7 Piandavello
Walter Röhrl / W.D. Ihle - Audi Sport Quattro S1 (E2) - rallylegend 2010 - Onboard SS7 Piandavello
Published: 2012/04/08
Channel: dirks14power
Das Goldene Lenkrad:Barbara Schöneberger auf Rennstrecke mit Walter Röhrl am Limit
Das Goldene Lenkrad:Barbara Schöneberger auf Rennstrecke mit Walter Röhrl am Limit
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: AUTO BILD
Mit Walter Röhrl im Porsche Turbo - GRIP - Folge 91 - RTL2
Mit Walter Röhrl im Porsche Turbo - GRIP - Folge 91 - RTL2
Published: 2014/11/24
Channel: GRIP - Das Motormagazin
Porsche 911 GT3 RS Full throttle on track with Walter Röhrl
Porsche 911 GT3 RS Full throttle on track with Walter Röhrl
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Car TV
Behind the wheel of the 911 GT3 RS with Walter Röhrl
Behind the wheel of the 911 GT3 RS with Walter Röhrl
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Porsche
Gipfeltreffen mit Walter Röhrl - GRIP - Folge 304 - RTL2
Gipfeltreffen mit Walter Röhrl - GRIP - Folge 304 - RTL2
Published: 2015/01/25
Channel: GRIP - Das Motormagazin
Driving up the Goodwood hill - Walter Röhrl and the 911 GT2 RS (Onboard footage)
Driving up the Goodwood hill - Walter Röhrl and the 911 GT2 RS (Onboard footage)
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: Porsche
Portrait von Walter Röhrl
Portrait von Walter Röhrl
Published: 2012/08/30
Channel: AutocrossBuchse
Walter Röhrl | "Disziplin, Ehrgeiz und Leidenschaft - das muss man haben" | Stippvisite
Walter Röhrl | "Disziplin, Ehrgeiz und Leidenschaft - das muss man haben" | Stippvisite
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Landesschau Baden-Württemberg
Taxifahrt mit Walter Röhrl
Taxifahrt mit Walter Röhrl
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: United Charity
WRC Legend: Walter Röhrl
WRC Legend: Walter Röhrl
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: FIA World Rally Championship
Kleiner Fahrkurs mit Walter Röhrl im Cayman GTS
Kleiner Fahrkurs mit Walter Röhrl im Cayman GTS
Published: 2015/01/22
Channel: Car-News.TV
WALTER RÖHRL - Die legendäre Nacht von Arganil
WALTER RÖHRL - Die legendäre Nacht von Arganil
Published: 2014/04/24
Channel: John Doe
Sidney bei Walter Röhrl im Audi S1
Sidney bei Walter Röhrl im Audi S1
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: SIDNEY INDUSTRIES
Rally Group B Film - The WRC BOYS - THE LEGENDS - Walter Röhrl -THE TRIBUTE
Rally Group B Film - The WRC BOYS - THE LEGENDS - Walter Röhrl -THE TRIBUTE
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: FastMove Entertainment
Walter Rohrl Audi S1
Walter Rohrl Audi S1
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: ste porsche
Walter Röhrl und Audi
Walter Röhrl und Audi
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: MOTOR-TALK
Walter Röhrl trifft einen bekannten Formel-1 Fahrer auf der Nordschleife...
Walter Röhrl trifft einen bekannten Formel-1 Fahrer auf der Nordschleife...
Published: 2012/03/06
Channel: Gelee-Deluxe-Films GBR
Porsche 911 GT3 - Neuvorstellung/ Test/ Review | auto motor und sport
Porsche 911 GT3 - Neuvorstellung/ Test/ Review | auto motor und sport
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: auto motor und sport
„Genie auf Rädern" - Walter Röhrl
„Genie auf Rädern" - Walter Röhrl
Published: 2008/11/05
Channel: MasterCsizi
WALTER RÖHRL Audi 200 quattro Trans-Am Story
WALTER RÖHRL Audi 200 quattro Trans-Am Story
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: John Doe
Walter Röhrl on His Personal Car Collection
Walter Röhrl on His Personal Car Collection
Published: 2009/05/01
Channel: Motor Trend Channel
Walter Röhrl - Rallye-Legende  im Interview
Walter Röhrl - Rallye-Legende im Interview
Published: 2013/01/29
Channel: AUTO BILD
Walter Röhrl meets Monte Carlo - Die Rückkehr einer Legende
Walter Röhrl meets Monte Carlo - Die Rückkehr einer Legende
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: AUTO BILD
Rallye Lëtzebuerg 2017 Walter Röhrl Christian Geistdörfer Porsche
Rallye Lëtzebuerg 2017 Walter Röhrl Christian Geistdörfer Porsche
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: Carlo Biwer
Mit Walter Röhrl im Porsche GT2 RS - GRIP - Folge 131 - RTL2
Mit Walter Röhrl im Porsche GT2 RS - GRIP - Folge 131 - RTL2
Published: 2014/11/24
Channel: GRIP - Das Motormagazin
Walter Röhrl zu Gast im alpha Forum
Walter Röhrl zu Gast im alpha Forum
Published: 2015/04/09
Channel: Fanö Impressionen
WALTER RÖHRL im LANCIA 037
WALTER RÖHRL im LANCIA 037
Published: 2012/11/06
Channel: John Doe
Porsche 918 Spyder- First drive with Walter Rohrl
Porsche 918 Spyder- First drive with Walter Rohrl
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: EVO
Eifel Rallye - Walter Röhrl
Eifel Rallye - Walter Röhrl
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: Kai Drucks
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Speechless Walter Röhrl and Mark Webber
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Speechless Walter Röhrl and Mark Webber
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: DPCcars
Walter Röhrl Driving Up The Goodwood Hillclimb With Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Walter Röhrl Driving Up The Goodwood Hillclimb With Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: DPCcars
Rally Supercars - Group B - Audi Quattro - Lancia 037 - Peugeot T16 - Walter Rohrl
Rally Supercars - Group B - Audi Quattro - Lancia 037 - Peugeot T16 - Walter Rohrl
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: Duke Video
Walther Rohrl drives the Audi Quattro up the Col de Turini - autocar.co.uk
Walther Rohrl drives the Audi Quattro up the Col de Turini - autocar.co.uk
Published: 2010/03/04
Channel: Autocar
Rallye-WM Rückblick 1982 mit Walter Röhrl und Christian Geistdörfer im Aktuellen Sport Studio
Rallye-WM Rückblick 1982 mit Walter Röhrl und Christian Geistdörfer im Aktuellen Sport Studio
Published: 2013/12/07
Channel: Rallye Nostalgie by Klaus Frieg
2018 Porsche GT2RS - Mark Webber & Walter Röhrl - Speechless
2018 Porsche GT2RS - Mark Webber & Walter Röhrl - Speechless
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: onlineAuto
AUTOMOBILSPORT TV - SPECIAL WALTER RÖHRL & LANCIA DELTA INTEGRALE
AUTOMOBILSPORT TV - SPECIAL WALTER RÖHRL & LANCIA DELTA INTEGRALE
Published: 2014/12/22
Channel: AUTOMOBILSPORT Magazine
Audi sport quattro Pikes Peak and Walter Röhrl at Rossfeldrennen 2013
Audi sport quattro Pikes Peak and Walter Röhrl at Rossfeldrennen 2013
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: streetviewhunter
Walter Röhrl Pikes Peak
Walter Röhrl Pikes Peak
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: Klaus Zwirntner
Walter Röhrl und Opel
Walter Röhrl und Opel
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: MOTOR-TALK
Audi Quattro S1 PURE SOUND at Hillclimb Arosa 2014 "ORIGINAL Walter Röhrl"
Audi Quattro S1 PURE SOUND at Hillclimb Arosa 2014 "ORIGINAL Walter Röhrl"
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: NIKK8706
The new 911 GT2 RS - Speechless
The new 911 GT2 RS - Speechless
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: Porsche
Walter Röhrl audi quattro coupe Wetten dass
Walter Röhrl audi quattro coupe Wetten dass
Published: 2012/09/30
Channel: xgti1x
Porsche „Cayman“ von Walter Röhrl getestet
Porsche „Cayman“ von Walter Röhrl getestet
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: BILD.DE
Zeitzeuge Walter Röhrl
Zeitzeuge Walter Röhrl
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: PrinzipInnovation
Best Sounding 911? Walter Röhrl Racing a Porsche 911 Carrera at Eifel Classic Festival
Best Sounding 911? Walter Röhrl Racing a Porsche 911 Carrera at Eifel Classic Festival
Published: 2015/08/04
Channel: HistoricRacingHD
Porsche 911 GT3 RS | HOT LAP OnBoard Walter Röhrl
Porsche 911 GT3 RS | HOT LAP OnBoard Walter Röhrl
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: GommeBlog.it: Car & Performance
Walter Rohrl - Group B Audi Quattro
Walter Rohrl - Group B Audi Quattro
Published: 2006/12/23
Channel: scruffyonion
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Walter Röhrl
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Röhrl at Retro Classics Stuttgart, Germany 2012-03-23
Personal information
Nationality Germany German
Born (1947-03-07) 7 March 1947 (age 70)
Regensburg, Germany
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973–1987
Co-driver Germany Jochen Berger
Sweden Claes Billstam
Germany Willi-Peter Pitz
Germany Christian Geistdörfer
United Kingdom Phil Short
Teams Porsche, Fiat, Opel, Lancia, Audi
Rallies 75
Championships 2 (1980, 1982)
Rally wins 14
Podiums 31
Stage wins 420
Total points 494
First rally 1973 Monte Carlo Rally
First win 1975 Acropolis Rally
Last win 1985 San Remo Rally
Last rally 1987 Acropolis Rally

Walter Röhrl (born 7 March 1947) is a German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well as Porsche, Ford and BMW.

Career[edit]

Röhrl grew up as the youngest of three children of a stonemason in Regensburg. His parents separated when he was ten years old. From then on he lived with his mother. After leaving school he completed a commercial education at Bishop's Ordinariate Regensburg.[1] At the age of 16, Röhrl began working for the commercial director of a company that legally represented the Bishop of Regensburg along with 6 further Bishops in Bavaria, and skied in his spare time. In time he became a qualified ski instructor and a keen driver, and became the chauffeur to the commercial director, covering up to 120,000 kilometres annually. Some unqualified reports have stated he was once the Bishop's own driver, but this has been acknowledged as untrue. Having also now been active in sports like skiing, Röhrl was invited to drive his first rally in 1968.

Röhrl was a World Rally Championship favourite throughout the 1970s and 1980s, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times with four different marques. His co-driver for many years was Christian Geistdörfer. His Fiat 131 Abarth carried him to the 1980 title, clinched with his victory in that year's San Remo rally, but it was arguably his equivalent success in 1982 that impressed most of all, with Röhrl fending off audacious four-wheel drive opposition, led by Audi's resurgent Michèle Mouton, to take the title, by virtue of consistency, in his increasingly outmoded rear-drive Opel Ascona 400. It was also during this time that he won the African Rally Championship, in 1982.[2] However, shortly after winning the championship he was fired from the team by team manager Tony Fall because he disliked competing in the RAC rally (the rally he had little success in).[3][4] Röhrl had already had severe arguments with Tony Fall about publicity activities for the team sponsor, tobacco company Rothmans. Röhrl, as a strict nonsmoker, simply refused to do any filming for Rothmans publicity spots, claiming that he had been hired as a driver, not an actor, and that he could not see any sense in making tobacco marketing as a nonsmoker anyway.[5]

Audi S1 Pikes Peak

In 1983, he joined Lancia to pilot the new, rear-wheel drive Lancia 037, before finally changing his machinery, in 1984, to the four-wheel drive Audi Quattro, an automobile actually produced in his home state of Bavaria.

In 1987 Röhrl set up a new record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for being the first driver to cover the 14.42 miles (19.99 km) long mountain track to the Pikes Peak in less than 11 minutes. In his 600 hp (440 kW) Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 he only used 10:47.850[6] minutes to reach Pikes Peak on the road which at that time was mainly covered with gravel.

Despite being selective in his choice of top-level events, albeit during a time when this was a less unusual occurrence for top-line drivers in the championship, he still scored 14 WRC victories in his career.

Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and was called "Genius on Wheels" by Niki Lauda. In the 1992 24 Hours Nürburgring race which saw fog and heavy rain in the night, he hardly slowed down, anticipating the corners by timing. The race was nevertheless interrupted for hours.

In Italy, he was elected "Rallye driver of the century". In France he was elected "Rallye driver of the millennium" in November 2000. A jury out of 100 worldwide motorsports experts elected him "Best Rallye driver ever" in Italy.

In recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars, famously setting quick laptimes for them testing round the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, for example with the Porsche Carrera GT.

Röhrl was expected to make his competitive return to the Nürburgring 24 hour race in 2010 at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. However, he was forced to withdraw from the event due to a back injury.[7] It was to be his first 24-hour race in 17 years, since his last start in 1993. In 2011, Röhrl was inducted into the Rally Hall of Fame along with Hannu Mikkola[8] and in July 2016 was inducted into Germany's Sports Hall of Fame.[9]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
1973 Irmscher Tuning Opel Commodore GS/E MON
45
SWE POR KEN MOR GRE POL FIN N/A N/A
Opel Ascona AUT
Ret
ITA USA GBR
Ret
FRA
1974 Opel Euro Händler Team Opel Ascona MON
C
SWE
C
POR
Ret
KEN GRE
C
FIN ITA CAN USA GBR
6
FRA N/A N/A
1975 Opel Euro Händler Team Opel Ascona MON
Ret
SWE KEN GRE
1
MOR
Ret
POR
Ret
FIN N/A N/A
Opel Kadett GT/E ITA
Ret
FRA GBR
Ret
1976 Opel Euro Händler Team Opel Kadett GT/E MON
4
SWE POR
Ret
KEN
Ret
GRE MOR FIN ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
N/A N/A
1977 Opel Euro Händler Team Opel Kadett GT/E MON
Ret
SWE POR KEN NZL GRE
Ret
FIN GBR
Ret
NC 0
Fiat S.p.A. Fiat 131 Abarth CAN
Ret
ITA
Ret
FRA
1978 Alitalia Fiat Fiat 131 Abarth MON
4
SWE KEN POR
Ret
GRE
1
FIN CAN
1
ITA
Ret
CIV FRA GBR
6
6th 13
1979 Alitalia Fiat Fiat 131 Abarth MON
Ret
SWE POR KEN
8
GRE NZL FIN CAN ITA
2
FRA GBR
8
CIV 9th 21
1980 Fiat Italia Fiat 131 Abarth MON
1
SWE POR
1
KEN GRE
5
ARG
1
FIN NZL
2
FRA
2
GBR CIV 1st 118
Jolly Club ITA
1
1981 Eminence Porsche 911 SC MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE ARG BRA FIN ITA
Ret
CIV GBR NC 0
1982 Rothmans Opel Rally Team Opel Ascona 400 MON
1
SWE
3
POR
Ret
KEN
2
FRA
4
GRE
2
NZL
3
BRA
2
FIN ITA
3
CIV
1
GBR 1st 109
1983 Martini Racing Lancia 037 Rally MON
1
SWE POR
3
KEN FRA
2
GRE
1
NZL
1
ARG FIN ITA
2
CIV GBR 2nd 102
1984 Audi Sport Audi Quattro A2 MON
1
SWE POR
6
KEN NZL
Ret
ARG FIN 11th 26
Audi Sport Quattro FRA
Ret
GRE
Ret
ITA
Ret
CIV GBR
1985 Audi Sport Audi Sport Quattro MON
2
SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA
Ret
GRE
Ret
NZL
3
ARG FIN 3rd 59
Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 ITA
1
CIV GBR
Ret
1986 Audi Sport Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 MON
4
SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR USA 22nd 10
1987 Audi Sport Audi 200 Quattro MON
3
SWE POR KEN
2
FRA GRE
Ret
USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR 11th 27

WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Greece22nd Acropolis Rally 1975 GermanyJochen Berger Opel Ascona
2 Greece25th Acropolis Rally 1978 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
3 Canada Critérium du Québec 1978 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
4 Monaco 48th Rally Monte Carlo 1980 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
5 Portugal 14th Rally Portugal 1980 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
6 Argentina 1st Rally Argentina 1980 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
7 Italy 22nd Rally Sanremo 1980 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Fiat 131 Abarth
8 Monaco 50th Rally Monte Carlo 1982 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400
9 Ivory Coast 14th Rallye Côte d'Ivoire 1982 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400
10 Monaco 51st Rally Monte Carlo 1983 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Lancia 037 Rally
11 Greece30th Acropolis Rally 1983 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Lancia 037 Rally
12 New Zealand 13th Rally New Zealand 1983 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Lancia 037 Rally
13 Monaco 52nd Rally Monte Carlo 1984 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Audi Quattro A2
14 Italy 27th Rally Sanremo 1985 GermanyChristian Geistdörfer Audi Quattro Sport S1

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 Germany Porsche System Germany Jürgen Barth Porsche 944 LM GTP +3.0 323 7 1st
1993 Germany Le Mans Porsche Team United States Hurley Haywood
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Porsche 911 Turbo S LM-GT GT 79 DNF DNF

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sandro Munari
European Rally Champion
1974
Succeeded by
Maurizio Verini
Preceded by
Björn Waldegård
World Rally Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Ari Vatanen
Preceded by
Ari Vatanen
World Rally Champion
1982
Succeeded by
Hannu Mikkola
Preceded by
Shekhar Mehta
African Rally Champion
1982
Succeeded by
Alain Ambrosino
Preceded by
Marc Duez
Race of Champions
Classic Master

1997
Succeeded by
Miki Biasion
Records
Preceded by
Björn Waldegård
36 years, 32 days
(1979 season)
Youngest World Rally Champion
33 years, 232 days
(1980 season)
Succeeded by
Ari Vatanen
29 years, 212 days
(1981 season)

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