Career as a racing driver
Johannes Ortner, who was born in Carinthia , started out in motorsport in the late 1950s. He started in hill climbs and drove national rallies . He became known through his assignments in the alpine tour and his successes as a works driver with Abarth . At the Austrian rally, which has been driven over several Alpine passes with interruptions since 1910 , he competed for the first time in 1958  . After a second overall rank in 1961  , he won in 1962 on the small-displacement Steyr-Puch 500  . In addition to the individual victories, there was the Austrian state championship in 1960.
In 1966 Carlo Abarth hired Ortner and brought him to his factory team in Turin . In the following years he became a regular driver at Abarth, who also enjoyed the special support of the team owner. In return, Ortner delivered successes. He drove the Abarth racing cars in the sports car world championship and came third in the 500 km race at the Nürburgring in 1967 . He also achieved this result at the 500 km race in Mugello , together with Gijs van Lennep on an Abarth 2000S . This race was part of the Italian Sports Car Championship in 1969 . Ortner was most successful in the European Hill Climb Championship . In 1970 and 1971 he became European sports car champion .
In 1975, Johannes Ortner was the initiator of the Trofeo Alfasud , an Austrian brand cup with near-series touring cars based on the Alfa Romeo Alfasud . The Trofeo became the Alfasud Cup in Austria and Italy as early as 1976 . The cup subsequently became one of the most popular brand cups in Europe, and it became the springboard for many drivers for a motorsport career. The later Formula 1 drivers Gerhard Berger and Karl Wendlinger started their careers in the Alfasud Cup . All cup vehicles were assembled in the workshops of the Ortner car dealership in Villach .
Johannes Ortner founded a car repair shop in Villach in 1964 . He ran the company with two employees as a contractual partner of Steyr-Puch . The company grew steadily. There were branches in Klagenfurt and new sales partners with Peugeot , Bultaco , the brands of the Fiat group (Fiat, Lancia , Alfa Romeo and Jeep ) and Hyundai . From 1986 motor boats were also sold.
Individual results in the sports car world championship
|1962||Johannes Ortner||Steyr-Puch 500||DAY||SEB||SEB||MAY||TAR||BER||LIGHT||LEM||TAV||CCA||RTT||LIGHT||BRI||BRI||BY|
|1965||Johannes Ortner||Steyr-Puch 650||DAY||SEB||HE WAS||MON||MON||RTT||TAR||SPA||LIGHT||MUG||ROS||LEM||KING||BOZ||FRE||CCE||OVI||LIGHT||BRI||BRI|
Abarth 1300 OT |
Abarth 1300 SP
Abarth 1300 OT |
|1969||Abarth-Osella||Abarth 2000 SP||DAY||SEB||BRH||MON||TAR||SPA||LIGHT||LEM||WHAT||ZEAL|
Abarth 2000S |
Abarth 3000 SP
- Peter Higham: The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing. A complete Reference from Formula 1 to Touring Car. Guinness Publishing Ltd., London 1995, ISBN 0-85112-642-1.
- Johannes Ortner at Racing Sports Cars
- Johannes Ortner at WRC Results
- About Johannes Ortner
- Johannes Ortner on the website of the Technical Museum
- Official website of the Ortner dealership
- Official website of Ortner Boats
- International Austrian Alpine Tour 1958
- International Austrian Alpine Tour 1961
- International Austrian Alpine Tour 1962
- 500 km Mugello race in 1969
- About the Alfasud Cup
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Austrian entrepreneur and racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1935|