Reinhold Joest

Reinhold Joest

Reinhold Joest has achieved what many others attempted in vain: The step from successful racing driver to an even more successful team owner.

Reinhold Joest’s career as racing driver began in 1962 with a Porsche 75 S at the Eberbach Hill Climb. Joest competed mainly in hill climb events till 1967 and was German Champion twice. From 1966 onwards Reinhold Joest devoted more and more time to circuit racing and was successful immediately. The class win at the 1000 kilometre race around the Nürburgring in 1966 was one of the most important wins.

As driver, Reinhold Joest celebrated overall victories at the 1000 kilometre race around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most difficult race track, in 1970 and 1980. Six times he celebrated class victories.

Thanks to his performances, Reinhold Joest was asked to drive for the Porsche works team in 1971. As works driver he celebrated numerous successes, however, Reinhold Joest was unable to fulfil the dream of winning in Le Mans. In 1969 he was third in Le Mans driving a Ford GT40, as well as 1972 in the Porsche 908/2 Long-tail. In 1978 and 1980 he finished second with the Porsche 936. 

However, Reinhold Joest won the Interseries, many rounds of the Sportscar World Championship and, in 1980, the 24-hour race in Daytona Beach (Florida). 

Also at the end of his career as racing driver, Reinhold Joest was also dealt a lucky hand: His last race was the 9 Hours of Kyalami at the end of 1981 in South Africa, which he won together with Jochen Mass. Very few race drivers manage to wave goodbye with a victory. Reinhold Joest fulfilled his dream of victory in Le Mans later as team boss, not just once but more than ten times…

Ralf Jüttner, Sigrun Jüttner, Reinhold Joest

Mazda Team Joest

Reinhold Joest´s team is the most successful Le Mans team ever.

Reinhold Joest succeeded in mounting the winners’ rostrum as a sportscar driver himself at Le Mans. However, his team, established in 1978, celebrated even greater achievements. In the 1980s and 90s, Joest Racing set the standards in sportscar racing. The team won the long distance classics at Daytona, the Nürburgring, Le Mans, Sebring and Road Atlanta. The Supercup, the Interseries, and the American Le Mans Series. The excursion into touring car racing was crowned by success: Joest Racing won the International Touring Car Championship (ITC) in 1996. 

Joest Racing has been a partner of Audi Sport from 1998 to 1999. Audi scored a podium finish on its Le Mans début in 1999 with the Audi R8R. In 2000, 2001 and 2002 Audi Sport Team Joest won convincingly at Le Mans – and brought every R8 competing in the race to the finish in the top three positions. The team from the Odenwald region in Germany also won the American Le Mans Series four times in succession. 

Reinhold Joest’s team was integrated in the development of new sportcars from the very beginning. “We were always more than just a pure race team,” says Team Director Reinhold Joest. “Our partners have always benefited from our input and know-how.” In Ralf Jüttner, the team has one of the most experienced engineers in the sportscar scene.

Ralf Jüttner

Ralf Jüttner

As Managing Director Ralf Jüttner, born in 1957, shoulders extensive responsibility at Joest Racing. Jüttner has been employed at the Wald-Michelbach based racing team since 1992 and, in addition to the many sportscar victories, also led the team to the ITC championship title with the Opel Calibra. In 2003 and 2004 when Audi did not compete as factory team in sportscars Jüttner supported the customer team Goh and the Audi group sister Bentley with his know-how during their Le Mans victories.

Jüttner inherited the love of motorsport at birth. His father Fritz was factory driver for Borgward. He saved his race car from the bankruptcy of the brand before it was inherited by his son Ralf. Today the car is on display in the Prototype Museum in Hamburg.

Ralf Jüttner also likes it quick in his rare spare time: he rides a motorbike and occasionally competes in slot car races. He has also won a 24-hour slot car race.