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ZOLDER, March 30 1991
Christian Danner, posing with my son Mathias.

From the ranks of a BMW-blessed crop in the mid-1980s, Danner was an extremely successful touring car exponent who transferred that talent to Formula 3000 and won the 1985 Championship before graduating to Formula 1 with Zakspeed at the end of the year. He drove for Arrows in 1986 after Marc Surer was badly injured in a rally accident, finishing sixth in Austria, then went back to Zakspeed with Martin Brundle in 1987. His best result was a fourth place at Phoenix in 1989 at the wheel of the Rial owned by former ATS wheels boss Gunther Schmid. Thereafter Danner's Formula 1 chances dried up and he spent most of the next decade competing in a variety of differing categories including the Japanese Formula 3000 series, CART and the German national DTM series with an Alfa Romeo. In recent years he has worked as a Formula 1 commentator.