Frank Jelinski

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Frank Jelinski (born 23 May 1958 in Bad Münder am Deister) is a retired German racing driver.

Career[edit]

After karting, Jelinski moved to the German Formula Three Championship in 1978 and European Formula Super Vee in 1979 finishing 4th. In 1980 he won the German F3 championship and finished 13th in the European championship. He repeated his German F3 championship in 1981. He moved to Formula Two in 1982 and finished 12th. In 1983 he made 4 F2 starts and began a transition to sports cars that would last the rest of his career. In 1984 he made 6 World Sportscar Championship starts and two DTM starts. He captured his first World Sportscar Championship win in 1986 driving for Brun Motorsport and moved to Joest Racing in 1987. He continued with Joest until the 1991 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won with teammates Hurley Haywood, "John Winter", Henri Pescarolo, and Bob Wollek. He moved to DTM full-time that year driving an AZR Audi to 10th in points. He retired from full-time racing in 1992, but returned for the 24 Hours of Le Mans every year until 1995, and has since occasionally come out of retirement for one-off appearances.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1983 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Patrick Gaillard
United Kingdom Derek Warwick
Porsche-Kremer CK5 C 76 DNF DNF
1985 Germany Team Labatt Canada John Graham
United Kingdom Nick Adams
Gebhardt JC853] C2 224 NC NC
1986 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Switzerland Walter Brun
Italy Massimo Sigala
Porsche 962C C1 75 DNF DNF
1988 Germany Blaupunkt Joest Racing Sweden Stanley Dickens
Germany Louis Krages
Porsche 962C C1 385 3rd 3rd
1989 Germany Joest Racing France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Germany Louis Krages
Porsche 962C C1 124 DNF DNF
1990 Germany Joest Porsche Racing Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Porsche 962C C1 350 4th 4th
1991 Austria Konrad Motorsport
Germany Joest Porsche Racing
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Porsche 962C C2 347 7th 7th
1993 Germany Joest Porsche Racing Germany Manuel Reuter
Germany "John Winter"
Porsche 962C C2 282 DNF DNF
1994 United States Callaway Sport Inc. United States Boris Said
France Michel Maisonneuve
Callaway Corvette SuperNatural GT2 142 DSQ DSQ
1995 United States Callaway Sport Inc. Italy Enrico Bertaggia
United States Johnny Unser
Callaway Corvette LMGT2 273 9th 2nd

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Korten
German Formula Three champion
1980-1981
Succeeded by
John Nielsen