Helmut Niedermayr

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Helmut Niedermayr
Nation: GermanyGermany Germany
Automobile world championship
First start: 1952 German Grand Prix
Last start: 1952 German Grand Prix
1952  AFM
World Cup balance: no World Cup placement
Starts Victories Poles SR
1 - - -
World Cup points : -
Podiums : -
Leadership laps : -
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Helmut Niedermayr (born November 29, 1915 in Munich ; † April 3, 1985 in Christiansted , Saint Croix , Virgin Islands , USA ) was a German racing driver who was active in various vehicle categories. After his racing career, Niedermayr moved to the GDR .


Niedermayr, who was living in Berlin at the time , took part in only one run to the Formula 1 automobile world championship, the German Grand Prix on August 3, 1952. He started as a private driver with an AFM racing car and thus achieved ninth place Race that was held as a Formula 2 race this year .

Before that, Niedermayr and Theo Helfrich had already finished second behind the overall winners and team mates Hermann Lang and Fritz Riess at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL for Daimler-Benz AG .

On August 31 of the same year, Niedermayr had a serious accident in a Formula 2 race on the Grenzlandring with his race car built by Reif and powered by a Veritas Meteor engine . While he himself was only slightly injured, at least 13 spectators were killed in this most fatal accident in German racing history (some sources name another, unknown dead) while 42 people were injured. The Niedermayr accident ensured that races were never again held on the high-speed oval around the town of Wegberg .

Niedermayr founded the Berlin-Halensee racing community , for which he and other drivers competed in various sports car races in West and East Germany until around 1954. His only start in a Formula 1 race took place in 1954, when he finished seventh at the Berlin Grand Prix at the AVUS with a modernized Veritas Meteor, which was not part of the world championship .


Statistics in the automobile world championship

general overview

season team chassis engine run Victories Second Third Poles nice
Race laps
Points WM-Pos.
1952 Helmut Niedermayr AFM 6 BMW 2.0 L6 1 - - - - - - NC
total 1 - - - - - -

Single results

season 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th
1952 Flag of Switzerland within 2to3.svg Flag of the United States (1912-1959) .svg Flag of Belgium (civil) .svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg
colour abbreviation meaning
gold - victory
silver - 2nd place
bronze - 3rd place
green - Placement in the points
blue - Classified outside the point ranks
violet DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
red DNQ did not qualify
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
black DSQ disqualified
White DNS not at the start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
Light Blue PO only participated in the training (practiced only)
TD Friday test driver
without DNP did not participate in the training (did not practice)
INJ injured or sick
EX excluded
DNA did not arrive
C. Race canceled
  no participation in the World Cup
other P / bold Pole position
SR / italic Fastest race lap
* not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
() Streak results
underlined Leader in the overall standings

Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate placement Failure reason
1952 GermanyGermany Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GermanyGermany Theo Helfrich Rank 2

Individual results in the sports car world championship

season team race car 1 2 3 4th 5
1956 Richard Trenkel Porsche 356 ArgentinaArgentina BUA United StatesUnited States SEB ItalyItaly MIM GermanyGermany ONLY SwedenSweden KRI

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