|Holzer Rennsport GmbH|
|Seat||Augsburg , Germany|
|Number of employees||> 100|
|Branch||Motorsport , vehicle tuning|
The following five subsidiaries belong to the Holzer Group:
- Performance GmbH
- AT Auto + Tuning GmbH
- Holzer Rennsport GmbH
- RPC GmbH
- HHR GmbH
- P-IT-S Premium IT Solutions
The brothers Günther and Ronald Holzer took over a Shell petrol station in 1981. In the adjoining workshop they prepared the rally vehicles for the Opel Kadett Cup. In 1985 they took over a second gas station. In 1986 they founded the Holzer Motorsport company . In 1991 the company was renamed AM-Holzer Motorsport GmbH . In 1992 it opened its own Lancia and in 1994 a Fiat dealership. In 1996 the name was changed to AM-Holzer-Rennsport GmbH .
The company was also involved in the development, construction and maintenance of various rally and cup vehicles.
Günther and Ronald Holzer were already active in motorsport in the 1970s. From 1979 the brothers formed a rally team and competed together in the Opel Kadett Cup, with Ronald at the wheel and Günther in the passenger seat. After winning the Cup in 1982, they became runner-up in the German Rally Championship in 1983 as an Opel works driver on a Manta . 1987 followed - meanwhile on Lancia Delta again the runner-up championship. While Günther then retired from motorsport, Ronald continued to take part in rallies. After he had to be satisfied with the runner-up again in 1989, he finally won the championship in 1990 after several unsuccessful attempts. In the meantime, customer teams were also on the road with Holzer vehicles. Michael Gerber , Isolde Holderied and Uwe Nittel were able to celebrate some successes.
After entering circuit racing, Holzer Motorsport returned to rallying in 1997. As a works team from Subaru , Holzer with driver Armin Kremer and co-driver Fred Berßen again won the German Rally Championship in 1998 and 1999. With Klaus Wicha , Kremer was runner-up in 2000. From 1999 to 2001 the team also ran an Opel Astra with driver Niki Schelle .
STW and DTM
In 1995, Holzer Motorsport expanded to include circuit races when the team entered the Super Touring Car Cup with two BMW 318i . From the following year Opel Vectra were used. At the end of the 1996 season, Marco Werner finished fourth in the privateer driver standings and Holzer Motorsport finished eighth in the team standings. Holzer Motorsport became part of the Opel works team back in 1997. In 1998 Holzer driver Uwe Alzen achieved third place in the championship, making him the best Opel driver. In 1999 the team also used a third Vectra. The vehicles were driven by top drivers such as Uwe Alzen, Manuel Reuter and Éric Hélary , who achieved several victories for the team. Uwe Alzen finished the season with the runner-up.
From 2000 Holzer Motorsport competed in the newly founded DTM . In the debut season, alongside Alzen and Hélary, Joachim Winkelhock and Timo Scheider competed in a Holzer-Opel. Winkelhock won one race, while Alzen won three times. At the end of the season, they finished fifth and sixth in the points table. When Opel gradually lost touch with the competition in the DTM in 2001, the season turned out to be difficult for Holzer Motorsport and there were no podium places. The drivers Winkelhock, Scheider and Michael Bartels were only able to score a few points and thus occupied positions that had been beaten off in the drivers' standings. In 2002 the situation did not change either. Scheider still achieved eighth place in the drivers' standings with ten points. In 2003 the Opel continued to follow the competition and the Holzer drivers Alain Menu and Manuel Reuter fought for ninth and tenth places. When all manufacturers had to start with new vehicles due to changes in the regulations in 2004, Opel at least managed to catch up with the competition. Manuel Reuter achieved a podium finish for the team for the first time. Timo Scheider was able to regularly finish in the points and ended the season as the best Opel driver in eighth place in the drivers' standings. Since Opel ended its involvement in the DTM at the end of the 2005 season, Holzer Motorsport also withdrew from the DTM.
The team today
Since retiring from the DTM, Holzer has not competed in high-class motorsport. Today the team concentrates on looking after customer vehicles and has its own kart and Formula BMW team to promote young talent . In addition, a team's own tuning company is located in Augsburg.
From 2010 to 2012 Holzer was a supplier for the Formula 1 team HRT, which drives with a Spanish license . The 2012 model HRT F112 was built at Holzer from November 2011. Numerous individual parts such as the pedals, the steering column and the cable harness were also created here.
|1995||STW with BMW drivers: Rüdiger Julius + Alexander Gaggl + Marco Werner|
|1996||STW with Opel driver: Marco Werner + Volker Strycek|
|1997||STW with Opel driver: Alexander Burgstaller + Ronny Melkus|
|1998||STW with Opel driver: Alexander Burgstaller + Uwe Alzen
ERC with Opel driver: Niki Schelle / Gerhard Weiss
|1999||STW with Opel driver: Uwe Alzen + Éric Hélary + Manuel Reuter
ERC with Opel driver: Niki Schelle / Gerhard Weiss
|2000||DTM with Opel driver: Uwe Alzen + Joachim Winkelhock + Éric Hélary + Timo Scheider
ERC with Opel driver: Niki Schelle / Ilka Minor
|2001||9th and 10th DTM with Opel drivers: Joachim Winkelhock + Timo Scheider + Michael Bartels|
|2002||5th DTM with Opel drivers: Timo Scheider + Michael Bartels|
|2003||6th DTM with Opel drivers: Manuel Reuter + Alain Menu|
|2004||DTM with Opel - drivers: Heinz-Harald Frentzen + Manuel Reuter + Timo Scheider
8th Formula BMW ADAC Germany with Marco Holzer + Natacha Gachnang
|2005||DTM with Opel - driver: Laurent Aïello + Manuel Reuter
Formula 3 Euro Series with Thomas Holzer (22nd place in the driver's standings)
4th Formula BMW ADAC Germany with Harald Schlegelmilch + Marco Holzer + Tim Sandtler
|2006||4. Formula BMW ADAC Germany with Marco Holzer + Christian Zacherl + Dominik Wasem|
|2007||9th Formula 3 Euro Series with Marco Holzer (19th place in the driver's standings)
5th Formula BMW ADAC Germany with Niall Quinn + Andrei Harnagea + Daniel Juncadella + Sebastian Saavedra + James Grunwell
|2008||9. Formula BMW Europe with Bastian Graber + Jazeman Jaafar + Melvin Moh + Kyle Mitchell|
- "Even without Kolles help from Germany": Message from March 20, 2012 on the website www.motorsport-total.com