Jutta Kleinschmidt

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Jutta Kleinschmidt, 2010
Jutta Kleinschmidt, VW Touareg, Paris Dakar Rally, 2005
Jutta Kleinschmidt, BMW X3, Lisbon Dakar Rally 2007

Jutta Kleinschmidt (born 29 August 1962 in Köln) is a competitor of offroad automotive racing events. She is known for her numerous showings in the Paris Dakar Rally, and notably for having won the event in 2001, becoming the only woman to win the race and the only German to win the car category.[1]


She was born in Cologne, Germany, and grew up in Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria.[2] She studied physics at Isny Polytech then worked at BMW.[2] She raced her first Paris Dakar Rally in 1988 on a BMW motorcycle.[2] In 1994, she switched to driving a car and, in 1997, became the first woman to win a stage of the Rally.[3] The following year, she was on the podium and, in 2001, she became the first woman to win the Rally.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b "Kleinschmidt makes rally history". BBC Sport. 21 January 2001. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b c Volland, Bernd (6 March 2003). "Jutta Kleinschmidt". Stern (in German). Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b Schneider, Josef (20 April 2009). "Köpfe: Jutta Kleinschmidt". Werkzeugforum (in German). Retrieved 2009-06-18. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

Succeeded by
Hiroshi Masuoka