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Motor sport as a tradition

The name Irmscher is traditionally closely linked to motor sport. The roots of today’s successful company group lie in the passion for motor sport of the company founder Günther Irmscher who died in 1996.

Only very few names have a tradition in international motor sport as long as that of Team Irmscher Motorsport. You have to go as far back as 1965 to find the beginning of the story: Günther Irmscher sen. a great lover of motor sport won the then German Touring Car Championship piloting an NSU Prinz TT. A mere 2 years later company founder Irmscher won the „Tour d’Europe“ rally piloting the same vehicle - today such a feat with a vehicle of this type is practically unthinkable. To this point in time the young Irmscher has made a name for himself creating extraordinary race and rally versions of standard Opel vehicles. This was the beginning of the partnership with Opel which still flourishes today.

Drivers such as 2-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl or Jochi Kleint, Achim Warmbold and Sepp Haider were all able to climb onto the winner’s podium in varying national and international rally events piloting Irmscher rally vehicles. On the race track and in the hills it was pilots such as Dr. Helmut Mander, Markus Oestreich, Klaus Niedzwiedz, Franz Engstler, Roland Asch, Volker Strycek and Johnny Cecotto who were at the wheel of Opel vehicles prepared and entered by Irmscher.

In the year 2005 Irmscher supports a Corsa Super 1600 cit car in the German Rallye Championship with the young talented driver Markus Fahrner and at his co pilot Michael Wenzel. The Irmscher Omega (V8STAR) starts at the 24-hour-race of Nürburgring. The car will be driven by touring car legend Kurt Thiim and his team mates Georg Belandy and Reinhold Mölig.