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Klaus Ludwig (born 5 October 1949 in Bonn) is a German racing driver.[1]

Klaus Ludwig
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Klaus Ludwig in 2009
NationalityGermany German
Born (1949-10-05) 5 October 1949 (age 69)
Bonn, West Germany
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Years active2000
Former teamsHWA 2
Starts16
Wins2
Podiums7
Poles2
Fastest laps0
Best finish3rd in 2000
FIA GT Championship
Years active19971998
Former teamsAMG Mercedes
Kremer Racing
Starts19
Championships1 (1998)
Wins9
Podiums14
Poles6
Fastest laps5
International Touring Car Championship
Years active19951996
Former teamsZakspeed Opel
Opel Team Rosberg
Starts33
Wins4
Podiums8
Poles4
Fastest laps0
Best finish7th in 1996
Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Years active19851995
Former teamsOpel Team Rosberg
AMG-Mercedes
Ford-Grab Motorsport
ABR Ringhausen Rennsport
Starts173
Championships3 (1988, 1992, 1994)
Wins32
Podiums67
Poles23
Fastest laps16
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years19781979, 19821986, 1988, 1998
TeamsAMG-Mercedes
Porsche AG
Joest Racing
Zakspeed
Porsche Kremer Racing
Weisberg Gelo Team
Best finish1st (1979, 1984, 1985)
Class wins3 (1979, 1984, 1985)

Contents

BiographyEdit

He also known as König Ludwig ("King Ludwig") for his success in touring cars and in sports car racing.

 
Klaus Ludwig's 1981 Group 5 Zakspeed Ford Capri at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany
 
Ludwig drove the Roush-Zakspeed Ford Mustang Turbo during the 1981 and 1982 Camel GT race seasons.

In the 1970s, Ludwig drove for Ford in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, winning in 1979 with a Kremer Racing-Porsche 935. With this car, based on the then 15-year-old Porsche 911 road car design, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall in the wet, an unprecedented win against the faster pure sports car racing prototypes (though it was subsequently matched in 1995 when a McLaren F1 GTR won the race at its first attempt).[2]

In 1984 and 1985, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Joest Racing in their #7 Porsche 956. Considering Le Mans and sportcars too dangerous after the deaths of Manfred Winkelhock and Stefan Bellof, he was recruited for the 1987 World Touring Car Championship for Ford only to finish runner-up by a single point to BMW driver Roberto Ravaglia after a post-season disqualification (after Ludwig claimed the pole, he and fellow West German Klaus Niedzwiedz had finished second behind teammates Steve Soper and Pierre Dieudonné at the Bathurst 1000 in Australia, but both cars were disqualified due to illegal wheel arch size on their Ford Sierra RS500's). He then moved to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), and became champion in 1988 in a Ford Sierra RS500. Ludwig also represented IMSA in the 1986 International Race of Champions, finishing 8th.

He repeated the success at Mercedes-Benz in 1992 and 1994, before moving back to sports cars racing for them in 1997 to become the 1998 FIA GT Champion. He retired when the series did not continue in the 1999 season.

He soon returned in June 1999, to win the 24 Hours Nürburgring on the Nordschleife for the third time driving a Zakspeed Viper.

When the DTM resumed as Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in 2000, he returned to the series, winning at the age of 50 years at the Sachsenring circuit, only to retire once again.

Ludwig returned as a "hobby pilot" to the Nürburgring Nordschleife when given the opportunity to drive a high power vehicle. The years 2004 and 2005 saw him enter the 24 Hours Nürburgring with Uwe Alzen on the Jürgen Alzen Porsche 996 GT2 Bi-Turbo. With a normally aspirated Porsche 997 GT3 of the Alzen brothers, Ludwig and Christian Abt managed to beat the old distance record in the 2006 edition of the 24h, yet finished only second, 1 lap behind the winners.

Ludwig has also worked as a TV commentator on DTM races.

Racing recordEdit

AchievementsEdit

Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
1976 Willi Kauhsen Racing Team March 762 Hart HOC
Ret
THR VAL
13
SAL PAU
7
HOC
9
ROU MUG
9
PER EST NOG
6
HOC
10
12th 4
1977 Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Jabouille 2J Renault SIL
Ret
THR
Ret
HOC
Ret
NÜR
8
VAL
DSQ
PAU
7
MUG ROU NOG PER MIS EST NC 0
KWS Autotechnik Chevron B40 Ford DON
Ret

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1978   Weisberg Gelo Team   John Fitzpatrick
  Toine Hezemans
Porsche 935/77 Gr.5
+2.0
19 DNF DNF
1979   Porsche Kremer Racing   Don Whittington
  Bill Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 Gr.5
+2.0
307 1st 1st
1982   Ford-Werke AG
  Zakspeed
  Marc Surer
  Manfred Winkelhock
Ford C100 C 67 DNF DNF
1983   Sorga S.A. Joest Racing   Stefan Johansson
  Bob Wollek
Porsche 956 C 354 6th 6th
1984   New-Man Joest Racing   Henri Pescarolo Porsche 956B C1 360 1st 1st
1985   New-Man Joest Racing   Paolo Barilla
  Louis Krages
Porsche 956B C1 374 1st 1st
1986   Joest Racing   Paolo Barilla
  Louis Krages
Porsche 956B C1 196 DNF DNF
1988   Porsche AG   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Derek Bell
Porsche 962C C1 394 2nd 2nd
1998   AMG-Mercedes   Bernd Schneider
  Mark Webber
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM GT1 19 DNF DNF

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1987   Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ
DSQ
JAR
ovr:4
cls:1
DIJ
ovr:4
cls:4
NÜR
ovr:1
cls:1
SPA
Ret
2nd 268
Ford Sierra RS500 BRN
ovr:1
cls:1
SIL
ovr:6
cls:1
BAT
DSQ
CLD
ovr:12
cls:8
WEL
ovr:1
cls:1
FUJ
ovr:1
cls:1

* Overall positions shown. WTCC points paying positions may be different

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos. Pts
1985 ABR Ringhausen Rennsport Ford Sierra XR4 TI ZOL WUN AVU MFA ERD ERD DIE
12
DIE
1
ZOL
1
SIE
1
NÜR
1
11th 73.5
1986 ABR Ringhausen Rennsport Ford Sierra XR4 TI ZOL
Ret
HOC
5
NÜR AVU MFA WUN NÜR
Ret
ZOL NÜR 25th 14
1987 Ford-Grab Motorsport GmbH Ford Sierra XR4 TI HOC ZOL NÜR AVU MFA NOR NÜR
1
WUN DIE SAL NC 0
1988 Team Hein Gericke Ford Grab Motorsport Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ZOL
1

1
ZOL
2

1
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

8
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

5
BRN
1

2
BRN
2

2
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

12
MFA
1

Ret
MFA
2

9
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

4
NOR
1

23
NOR
2

1
WUN
1

1
WUN
2

1
SAL
1

C
SAL
2

C
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

Ret
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

5
1st 258
1989 AMG Motorenbau GmbH Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

DNS
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

20
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

Ret
11th 155
Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo MFA
1

Ret
MFA
2

DNS
AVU
1

3
AVU
2

10
NÜR
1

DNS
NÜR
2

DNS
NOR
1
NOR
2
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
1990 AMG Motorenbau GmbH Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo ZOL
1

4
ZOL
2

2
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

Ret
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

3
AVU
1

9
AVU
2

Ret
MFA
1

2
MFA
2

6
WUN
1

22
WUN
2

11
5th 140
Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

15
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

4
DIE
1

7
DIE
2

6
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

7
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

7
1991 AMG Motorenbau GmbH Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

2
ZOL
2

14
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

7
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
AVU
1

7
AVU
2

Ret
WUN
1

3
WUN
2

3
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

7
DIE
1

8
DIE
2

3
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
ALE
1

9
ALE
2

Ret
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

5
BRN
1

1
BRN
2

Ret
DON
1

4
DON
2

4
2nd 166
1992 AMG Motorenbau GmbH Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

2
ZOL
2

11
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

5
WUN
1

2
WUN
2

3
AVU
1

4
AVU
2

7
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

2
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

12
BRN
1

Ret
BRN
2

4
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

1
ALE
1

Ret
ALE
2

4
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

1
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

Ret
1st 228
1993 AMG-Mercedes Berlin 2000 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 93 ZOL
1

4
ZOL
2

7
HOC
1

Ret
NÜR
1

3
WUN
1

5
WUN
2

3
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

3
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

5
DON
1

6
DON
2

Ret
DIE
1

3
DIE
2

2
ALE
1

5
ALE
2

Ret
AVU
1

2
AVU
2

22
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
4th 171
Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 HOC
2

3
NÜR
2

1
1994 AMG Mercedes D2 Privat Team Mercedes C-Class V6 ZOL
1

8
ZOL
2

5
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

8
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
MUG
1

8
MUG
2

17
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

1
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

5
DON
1

20
DON
2

DNS
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

2
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
AVU
1

4
AVU
2

8
ALE
1

Ret
ALE
2

4
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

4
1st 222
1995 Opel Team Rosberg Opel Calibra V6 4x4 HOC
1

5
HOC
2

3
AVU
1

Ret
AVU
2

DNS
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

Ret
DIE
2

Ret
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

10
ALE
1

Ret
ALE
2

DNS
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
3rd 80
2000 HWA 2 AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

9
HOC
2

9
OSC
1

8
OSC
2

11
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

3
SAC
1

1
SAC
2

1
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

6
OSC
2

3
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

Ret
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

11
3rd 122

Complete International Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos. Pts
1995 Opel Team Rosberg Opel Calibra V6 4x4 MUG
1

8
MUG
2

Ret
HEL
1

15
HEL
2

Ret
DON
1

8
DON
2

Ret
EST
1

17
EST
2

8
MAG
1

3
MAG
2

Ret
14th 21
1996 Zakspeed Opel Opel Calibra V6 4x4 HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
EST
1

3
EST
2

11
HEL
1

3
HEL
2

Ret
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

1
DIE
1

Ret
DIE
2

Ret
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

11
MAG
1

9
MAG
2

5
MUG
1
MUG
2
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

2
INT
1

Ret
INT
2

18†
SUZ
1

Ret
SUZ
2

10
7th 130
  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pole Positionen: Klaus Ludwig" (in German). Motorsport-Total.com. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. ^ Meaden, Richard (24 February 2015). "McLaren F1 at the Le Mans 24 hours". Evo. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

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