Frank Zimmer

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Frank Zimmer
Nationality Flag of Australia svg.png Australian
Born 11th January 1983
Orange, NSW, Australia
Formula One
Debut Season 2007
Latest Season 2009
Current Team N/A
Car Number N/A
Former Teams Super Aguri, Honda, Brawn
Races 49 (49 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 0
Podiums 4
Points 63
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 1
First Race 2007 Australian Grand Prix
First Victory N/A
Last Victory N/A
Last Race 2009 Singapore Grand Prix
Best Finish 5th (2009)
F1RWRS
Debut Season 2010
Latest Season 2015
Current Team Holden F1RWRS Racing Team
Car Number 17
Former Teams Rosenforth Engineering
Horizon Motorsport
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Races 82 (66 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 1
Podiums 12
Points 155
Pole Positions 3
Fastest Laps 3
First Race 2010 German Grand Prix
First Victory 2010 Australian Grand Prix
Last Victory 2010 Australian Grand Prix
Last Race 2016 Italian Grand Prix (ongoing)
Best Finish 2nd (2010)



Frank Zimmer is an Australian racing driver (born 11th January 1983 in Orange, NSW), who was a V8 Supercar champion in 2005, as well as a Formula One frontrunner and F1RWRS race winner.


Racing career

Zimmer's racing helmet.

Zimmer made his debut in the Australian Formula Ford Series in 1999, racing for his elder brother's team, finishin fifth in the championship with a race win at Calder Park. He would continue to race in 2000, before winning the championship in 2001, winning both rounds in New South Wales at Eastern Creek and Oran Park, as well as the final round at Sandown.

In 2002 he graduated to the V8 Supercar Development Series, driving a Holden VS Commodore for MW Motorsport. He won a race at Wakefield Park, finishing 6th in the championship, beating his boss Matthew White. The following year, he was promoted to the Holden Young Lions team, where he duelled with the Ford-backed Mark Winterbottom for the title, ultimately losing out by 20 points, losing out on dropped points despite scoring more. His early performances were enough for him to receive an endurance drive for Garry Rogers Motorsport, where he drove with Nathan Pretty at Sandown and Bathurst. Together they finished 20th at Sandown, but an engine failure shortly after he got in the car at Mount Panorama put him out of the race.

His performance in the development series was enough to convince Rogers to give him a full time drive in 2004, replacing Jamie Whincup in the #33 Commodore. He drove well enough to win at Winton, and partnering Garth Tander in the #34, they won the race at Sandown. Zimmer matched Tander well, finishing just behind him in the championship, 11th overall with Tander 10th. Unfortunately, they retired once again at Bathurst, after dropping a cylinder going across the top of the mountain.

2005 was his breakthrough year. With Tander leaving for the HSV Dealer Team, Rogers hired Cameron McConville to replace him. Zimmer immediately won at the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide, and after winning the rounds at Eastern Creek, Shanghai, Surfers Paradise and Symmons Plains, as well as the Sandown 500 for the second time, to beat the Fords of Craig Lowndes, Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall to the title. But once again, he struck engine trouble at Bathurst, retiring from 2nd place with 30 laps to go.

In 2006, he decided to move to Europe for a change of scenery. He left GRM on good terms with Garry, and with the help of his brother John, secured a drive with iSport in the GP2 Series. He had some difficulty getting adapted to the cars, and only managed to finish 7th in the championship with no race wins.

Zimmer returned to Australia to race for GRM at Sandown, the week before the GP2 finale at Monza, as well at Bathurst, where he finally managed to finish a race, in 7th place. Upon returning to Europe, he tried to find another GP2 drive, but couldn't secure one.

However, late in the off-season, Zimmer received an offer from F1 team owner Aguri Suzuki to drive for his F1 team, Super Aguri. He accepted the drive, and spent the season doing fairly well for himself despite not scoring any points, not even finishing in the top 10. In fact, he was signed to drive for Honda in 2008, where he was often in front of teammate Jenson Button. He scored 7 points in the first six races, but the car was not fast or reliable enough to score again for the rest of the year. He did however get into strife at the Brazilian GP for setting his car on fire.

In 2009, he stuck with the Honda team as they were sold and bought by Ross Brawn, becoming Brawn GP. Zimmer scored the occasional podium, but Button was the better driver for the Brawn team, although both were taken to the cleaners by Daniel Melrose. Zimmer did not drive at the Japanese Grand Prix that year, as he was preparing himself for a return to Bathurst. This angered his team, who promptly sacked him. Zimmer didn't care however, as he won his first Bathurst 1000, again teaming up with Lee Holdsworth. He spent the remainder of 2009 setting up a rival series to F1, and called it the F1RWRS

Complete Formula One Grand Prix results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2007 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E AUS
19
MAL
19
BHR
11
ESP
14
MON
Ret
CAN
19
USA
12
FRA
14
GBR
18
GER
17
HUN
Ret
TUR
13
ITA
21
BEL
16
JPN
18
CHN
13
BRA
15
26th 0
2008 Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E AUS
6
MAL
7
BHR
9
ESP
Ret
TUR
8
MON
8
CAN
9
FRA
Ret
GBR
13
GER
13
HUN
14
EUR
12
BEL
Ret
ITA
9
SIN
Ret
JPN
17
CHN
10
BRA
Ret
14th 7
2009 Virgin Brawn GP F1 Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W AUS
Ret
MAL
3
CHN
6
BHR
5
ESP
2
MON
Ret
TUR
3
GBR
4
GER
4
HUN
4
EUR
2
BEL
7
ITA
5
SIN
12
JPN BRA ABU 5th 56

F1RWRS Results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
2010 Rosenforth Engineering GER
15
LUX
4
SAX
2
CHN
3
TAS
3
BHR
8
BEL
10
GBR
6
AUS
1
2nd 51
2011 Rosenforth Engineering BAV
6
GER
9
SAX
3
LUX
Ret
BEL
14
=4th 44
NAB-Holden Racing Team GBR
10
ENG
Ret
KEN
3
NED
17
TAS
2
AUS
DNPQ
NSW
3
SUR
Ret
CHN
9
USA
4
2012 NAB-Holden Racing Team BAV
Ret
SAX
13
GER
15
LUX
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
NED
DNPQ
GBR
3
KEN
7
ENG
6
TAS
2
SUR NSW AUS CHN USA =15th 27
O'Lauchlan Motorsport 500
7
2013 Shell Horizon Motorsport TAS
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR 11th 14
Garry Rogers Motorsport GER
2
NED
7
BEL
Ret
POR
5
MED
2
MAC
Ret
CHN
12
JPN
20*
BRA
2014 Garry Rogers Motorsport TAS
Ret
AUS
4
BRA MEX
7
USA
Ret
MON
5
FRA
4
GBR
9
GER
16
BEL
EX
ITA
EX
MED
Ret
SEA
11
MAC
Ret
CHN
9
JPN
17
17th 8
2015 Valvoline Holden Racing Team TAS
7
AUS
Ret
MED
7
MON
6
MEX
12*
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNPQ
BEL
16
AUT
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
SEA
DNPQ
CHN
9*
JPN
DNPQ
BRA
=23rd 1
2016 Mobil Holden Racing Team AUS
DNPQ
NSW
11
GBR
Ret
ITA
8
AUT
7
CAN USS USN GER SEA MON BEL MEX ARG CHN JPN =16th* 0*

IRDU Rejects Cup Results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Pts
2011 (as F1RLFS) Rosenforth Engineering SCL
18
KRO
7
WES
19
AST
11
BLA
10
FER
17
17th 3

REECCS Results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Pts
2011 Garry Rogers Motorsport Skoda 110R BSP
6
TGT
9
KNO
4
LRN
3
LYD
4
ROC
6
F8T
Ret
SAN
6
SAO
22
ORA LYN
Ret
MON
26
PAU
13
BKM
4
MNZ
19
LIE
5
NOR
21
BAT
35
11th 107
2012 Garry Rogers Motorsport Dacia 1300 BSP
DNQ
ARM
35
TGT
17
VAN
Ret
MON
19
LIE
33
KIC
15
CXS
9
USC MIS BAT RAB OPA LYN NOR ADE SUR MIA F8T 29th 14

Career summary

Year Series Team Position
1999 Australian Formula Ford ZimSport 5th
2000 Australian Formula Ford ZimSport 3rd
2001 Australian Formula Ford ZimSport 1st
2002 Konica V8 Supercar Series MW Motorsport 6th
2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series Holden Young Lions 2nd
V8 Supercar Championship Series Garry Rogers Motorsport 56th
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series Garry Rogers Motorsport 11th
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series Garry Rogers Motorsport 1st
2006 GP2 Series iSport International 7th
V8 Supercar Championship Series Garry Rogers Motorsport 40th
2007 Formula One Super Aguri 26th
2008 Formula One Honda F1 14th
2009 Formula One Brawn GP 5th
V8 Supercars Championship Series Garry Rogers Motorsport 35th
2010 F1RWRS Rosenforth Engineering 2nd
2011 F1RWRS Rosenforth Engineering 5th
NAB-Holden Racing Team
F1RLFS Rosenforth Engineering 17th*
REECCS Garry Rogers Motorsport 11th
2012 F1RWRS NAB-Holden Racing Team 15th
O'Lauchlan Motorsport
2013 F1RWRS Shell Horizon Motorsport 12th*
Garry Rogers Motorsport
2014 F1RWRS Garry Rogers Motorsport 17th
2015 F1RWRS Valvoline Holden Racing Team =13th