Born: Moers, W.Germany
Armin Hahne is one of many Europeans who last year discovered just how driving a Rover Vitesse advances the driving experience.
Despite winning the tough and prestigious Spa 24 Hours in a BMW, he switched to a Rover to take four wins from six starts in the German Saloon Car Championship. This year it will be a Rover all the way.
Like so many drivers, Hahne started his racing career in a kart.
He started in 1972 and over the next three years finished runner-up in the major German karting championship twice; runner-up in the European championship twice and was local champion, too.
In 1976 he made the step up to bigger things and drove a Group 1 Escort in five races, scoring no fewer than three wins.
Over the next couple of years he concentrated on the Deutsche Renn Meisterschaft with
help from the Ford works and Zakspeed. Highlights in that period included a win at the Nurburging and a second at the Salzburgring.
In 1978 Hahne decided the time was ripe for a move up to Formula 2 and landed a drive with the German Maurer F2 team, but results were no forthcoming, so for 1980 it was back to saloons.
It was a good move. Hahne's most successful seasons to date have been as a semi-works BMW driver in the European Touring Car Championship though his efforts at the wheel of a semi-works Mazda RX-7 in 1981 should not be forgotten - in that year's German Production Saloon Car Championship he took the title with 10 wins in 11 races.
The tie-up with BMW, however, began in 1980 when he drove a Group 2 320, before switching to a Group A 5281 for the 1982 season. With backing from Juma and Bastos he won the Spa 24 Hours, a feat he repeated last year at the wheel of a 635.
Will he make it a hat-trick this year at the wheel of a Rover Vitesse?
When away from the racing circuit, Armin likes swimming, cycling and goes weight training to keep fit.