Klaus Ludwig

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Klaus Ludwig in 1975.

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

Biography[edit]

He also known as and called König Ludwig for his success with 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-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 and never repeated win against the faster pure sports car racing prototypes.

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. 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 plus 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 record[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(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
13th 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
0
KWS Autotechnik Chevron B40 Ford DON
Ret

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(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 DC Points
1987 Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ
DSQ
JAR
4
DIJ
4
NUR
1
SPA
Ret
2 268
Ford Sierra RS500 BNO
1
SIL
4
BAT
DSQ
CLD
5
WEL
1
FJI
1

Partial Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/Masters results[edit]

(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 DC Points
1992 AMG-Mercedes 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
BRÜ
1

Ret
BRÜ
2

4
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

1
SIN
1

Ret
SIN
2

4
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

1
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

Ret
1st 228
1993 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

4
ZOL
2

7
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

3
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

1
WUN
1

5
WUN
2

3
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

3
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

5
DIE
1

3
DIE
2

2
SIN
1

5
SIN
2

Ret
AVU
1

2
AVU
2

22
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
4th 171
1994 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes C-Class V6 ZOL
1

8
ZOL
2

5
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

8
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

1
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

5
DIE
1

1
DIE
2

2
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
AVU
1

4
AVU
2

8
SIN
1

Ret
SIN
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
SIN
1

Ret
SIN
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 results[edit]

(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 DC Points
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pole Positionen: Klaus Ludwig" (in German). Motorsport-Total.com. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harald Ertl
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Hans Heyer
Preceded by
Hans Heyer
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Bob Wollek
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Didier Pironi
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1979 with:
Bill Whittington
Don Whittington
Succeeded by
Jean Rondeau
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Preceded by
Vern Schuppan
Al Holbert
Hurley Haywood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1984 with:
Henri Pescarolo
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Paolo Barilla
Louis Krages
Preceded by
Klaus Ludwig
Henri Pescarolo
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1985 with:
Paolo Barilla
Louis Krages
Succeeded by
Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Preceded by
Eric van de Poele
German Touring Car Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Roberto Ravaglia
Preceded by
Frank Biela
German Touring Car Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Nicola Larini
Preceded by
Nicola Larini
German Touring Car Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Bernd Schneider
Preceded by
Bernd Schneider
FIA GT Champion
1998 with:
Ricardo Zonta
Succeeded by
Olivier Beretta
Karl Wendlinger