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Jo Gartner (24 January 1954 in Viennamarker – 1 June 1986) was a Formula One and sports car endurance driver from Austriamarker. After a successful junior formula career, including wins in Formula 2. He participated in eight Formula One Grands Prix for Osella, debuting on 6 May 1984, scoring no points. Despite finishing fifth at the 1984 Italian Grand Prix, he was awarded no points because Osella had officially entered only one car for the season, and Gartner was driving a second car. He came fourth in the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 962C along with teammates David Hobbs and Guy Edwards, finishing on three wheels. He caused quite a stir after winning the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring, along with teammates Bob Akin and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Whilst contesting the 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans at 2:10 am on the Sunday, Gartner's car suffered a mechanical failure and turned hard left into the barriers on the Mulsanne Straightmarker at 160mph. The car somersaulted down the track and caught fire resting on the barriers on the opposite side of the track. Gartner was killed on impact.

Complete Formula One results

(key)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1984 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo V12 BRA

RSA

BEL

SMR

Ret
FRA

MON

CAN

DET

DAL

NC 0*
Alfa Romeo V8 t/c GBR

Ret
GER

Ret
AUT

Ret
NED

12
ITA

5
EUR

12
POR

16
* Despite finishing 5th in the Italian Grand Prix, Gartner was ineligible to score championship points, as he was driving the second Osella, and the team had only entered one car for the entire championship.


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