life and career
Steinhausen made his debut in motorcycle racing in 1961. Through his friendship with the team legend Max Deubel , who supported the young Steinhausen with advice and action with his know-how, Steinhausen gained his first experience in the national ID class. Max Deubel recognized Steinhausen's talent and left him one of his teams.
In 1972 Steinhausen switched from BMW boxer engines to König four-cylinder two-stroke engines from the Berlin company König Motorenbau , which had their origins in motorboat racing. The new engines with different dimensions allowed Steinhausen to build them better in the trailer and the aerodynamics of the vehicle were significantly improved.
With this new two-stroke engine team, Steinhausen made his debut in the 1972 World Team Championship and achieved fourth place in the Austrian World Championship race with his lubricant Werner Kapp. In 1975 and 1976 he was team world champion. In 1977 Steinhausen switched to Yamaha two-stroke engines and was runner-up in 1979.
With his co-drivers Karl Scheuer, Erich Schmitz and Josef Huber, Steinhausen achieved the following overall successes:
- World team champion 1975, 1976
- German sidecar champion 1985, 1986
- TT sidecar winner 1975, 1976, 1978
Altogether Steinhausen drove ten victories in world championship races, in 1989 Steinhausen drove his last season in the team world championship which he finished with an 8th place. Steinhausen was active in racing for around 25 years until 1989 and today he passes his experience on to younger drivers. He particularly looks after his son Jörg, who also competes successfully in sidecar races.
For his sporting success in motorsport, he received the Silver Laurel Leaf from Federal President Walter Scheel in 1975 .
- 1975 - Sidecars 500cc. In: racingmemo.free.fr. February 16, 2011(French).
- Result list 1976 - Sidecars 500cc. In: racingmemo.free.fr. February 16, 2011(French).
- Winni Scheibe: Portrait of Rolf Steinhausen. In: winni-scheibe.com. March 3, 2018 .
- Jörg Steinhausen. In: steinhausen.de. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013 ; accessed on January 25, 2019 .
- Bundesarchiv, Bundespräsidialamt: Sports prizes: Awards of the Silver Laurel Leaf . Acc. BArch B 122 / "... to world champion in the 500 cm³ sidecar ..."
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German motorcycle racer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 27, 1943|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nümbrecht|