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Jo Gartner

Jo Gartner. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Jo Gartner. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

24 Jan 1954
Vienna

Died:

01 Jun 1986
Le Mans Circuit, France

Nationality:

Austria

Grands Prix:

8 (1984)

F2 starts:

36 (1980-1984)

Killed in the 1986 Le Mans. Hard trying driver, who often had to be his own chief mechanic, marketing man and team manager as well. Jo moved to sportscars to facilitate a return to Formula 1 and it was going well, with a Sebring win to his credit, before it ended so tragically. A winner in Super Vee, the European Touring Car Championship and Formula 2, Gartner gained a reputation as a popular, determined man. Jo came very close to getting a drive with Arrows for 1985, but after that fell through, he moved to endurance racing.

Biography last updated 9 Dec 2015