Marc Hessel

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Marc Hessel (born 10 May, 1965 in Bonn, Germany) is a former racing driver known for his WTCM and DTM results. Hessel won Class C of the World Touring Car Masters in 1990.

Touring Cars

After finishing second in the German Formula Ford F1600 championship in 1986, Hessel was signed by BMW on a long term deal which saw him initially race in the domestic DTM series. Hessel perfomed well and finished the 1987 DTM championship in third place behind Eric van de Poele and Manuel Reuter. This result was enough to convince BMW to have Hessel as part of their upcoming World Touring Car Masters lineup alongside 1987 WTCC champion Roberto Ravaglia, Christian Danner and Didier Theys. Hessel performed well in the 1988 season taking three class victories on his way to fifth in Class C.

Danner and Theys were replaced by Fabien Giroix and Markus Oestreich in 1989 as Hessel stepped forward as a real team leader for the Bavarian manufacturer. A season-long battle with Mercedes-Benz's Tim Harvey for second in the class was well documented and Hessel was only narrowly beaten into third with an impressive five class wins as Prodrive's Johnny Cecotto dominated.

Hessel was rejoined by Danner who replaced Ravaglia in 1990 as BMW introduced an updated version of the E30 M3. The new Evolution model was a great leap forward in terms of performance and BMW sweeped the top four positions in Class C. Hessel was the main beneficiary, taking eight wins on his way to the class championship.

A new ruleset began in 1991 with BMW and Mercedes allowed to "grandfather" their cars into the new Super Touring regulations. Hessel was joined by Johnny Cecotto at the Schnitzer team with the Evolution still one of the best cars on the grid.

Complete WTCM Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1988 BMW Motorsport BMW E30 M3 C Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png 23rd 44 5th 258
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
BAT
23
BAT
23
FUJ
25
FUJ
27
GLN
Ret
GLN
22
NOR
14
NOR
15
KYA
16
KYA
16
HOC
5
HOC
Ret
CHA
13
CHA
11
BIR
11
BIR
15
MNZ
14
MNZ
17
SPA
DNQ
SPA
DNQ
NUR
DNQ
1989 BMW Motorsport BMW E30 M3 C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 20th 59 3rd 263
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
9
FUJ
14
GLN
17
GLN
28
KYA
19
KYA
24
PAU
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
BRN
8
BRN
15
MNZ
DNQ
MNZ
DNQ
CHA
10
CHA
16
BIR
Ret
BIR
26
SPA
Ret
SPA
34
NUR
Ret
NUR
8
BAT
8
1990 BMW Motorsport BMW E30 M3 Evolution C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 24th 40 1st 367
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
22
FUJ
25
GLN
DNQ
GLN
DNQ
LAG
Ret
LAG
26
BRH
16
BRH
20
PAU
16
PAU
Ret
BRN
13
BRN
21
MNZ
20
MNZ
19
CHA
14
CHA
24
BIR
Ret
BIR
26
SPA
21
SPA
29
NUR
14
NUR
26
BAT
10