Klaus Niedzwiedz

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Klaus Niedzwiedz (born February 24, 1951 in Dortmund, Germany) is a former professional race driver and motoring journalist.

Driver[edit]

Team mate Klaus Ludwig's 1981 Group 5 Zakspeed Ford Capri at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany

His greatest success came in the 1980s as a driver for Ford.

Niedzwiedz rose to prominence when driving a Ford Capri for Zakspeed in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. The turbocharged 1.4 L engine from the Zakspeed Ford Capri was later enlarged for the 1.7 L "Super Capri". With this 500+ hp car, Niedzwiedz established in 1982 the "eternal lap record" for Group 5 touring car racing at the old 22.8 km Nürburgring with 7:08.59, just 10 seconds slower than the F1 record of 6:58.60 set by Niki Lauda in 1975 (see: Nürburgring lap times).

During the 1982 season, Niedzwiedz also drove in the World Endurance Championship for Zakspeed, in a Ford C100. The Zakspeed-prepared Group C machine was run by the works Ford Germany team with Klaus Ludwig, Manfred Winkelhock and Marc Surer at the wheel, but the car was a midfielder at best, although Jonathan Palmer and Desiré Wilson scored a 4th place overall the 1,000 km of Brands Hatch in 1982. Ford Germany retracted their support and one car was sold to privateers, while the other chassis was evolved by Zakspeed into the C1/4 and the C1/8, making few appearances in international racing, but becoming a front-runner in the German Interserie, where it won the European championship in 1984 with Klaus Niedzwiedz.

In 1982 and 1987, he was the winner at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, in both events with Klaus Ludwig. Driving an Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra he was runner-up in the World Touring Car Championship of 1987 and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft of 1989.

Between 1987 and 1996, Niedzwiedz drove six times in the Bathurst 1000. After driving for Eggenberger Motorsport in 1987, he drove Eggenberger built Sierra RS500s for Allan Moffat Racing in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992.[1][2][3][4] He returned in 1996 to drive a Ford Falcon EB.

Niedzwiedz also drove for Allan Moffat Racing at the 1989 Fuji 500[5] and 1990 Sandown 500.[3]

In 1998, he won the privateer title in the ADAC German Supertouring car championship (Super Tourenwagen Cup) with an Opel Vectra.

In 2003, he won a VLN race with Porsche 911 GT3 at the Nürburgring

Other events:

Journalist[edit]

Since 1984, Niedzwiedz has worked as a journalist and television host in Germany, starting with moderation of Sat.1 magazine Treibstoff. Since 1997, he moderates n-tv Motor.

Tamiya Model[edit]

A 1/24 scale model of the 1979 Ford Capri Zakspeed (model 24014) is represented as the D&W Klaus Niedzwiedz car, and is complete with Niedzwiedz in team uniform.

Career Results[edit]

Results sourced from Driver Database and History of Touring Car Racing.[6][7]

Season Series Position Car Team
1979 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 23rd Ford Capri Turbo Zakspeed
1979 European Touring Car Championship 12th Ford Escort II RS Zakspeed
1980 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 5th Ford Capri Turbo Zakspeed
1981 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 9th Ford Capri Turbo Zakspeed
1981 World Championship for Drivers and Makes NC Porsche 908/80 Joest Racing
1982 Interserie 16th Ford Capri Turbo Zakspeed
1982 World Sportscar Championship NC Ford C100 Ford-Werke AG
Zakspeed
1982 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 3rd Ford Capri Turbo Zakspeed
1983 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 3rd Zakspeed C1/8 Ford Zakspeed
1984 Interserie 1st Zakspeed C1/8 Ford GWB Ford Zakspeed Team
1984 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft 12th Ford C1/8
1985 British Saloon Car Championship 25th Ford Sierra XR4Ti Radio Paging
1985 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 18th Ford Sierra XR4Ti HWRT
1986 World Sportscar Championship 16th Porsche 962
Porsche 956 GTi
Porsche Kremer Racing
Richard Lloyd Racing
1986 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 5th Ford Sierra XR4Ti HWRT
1986 European Touring Car Championship NC Ford Sierra XR4Ti Eggenberger Motorsport
1987 European Touring Car Championship NC Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Eggenberger Motorsport
1987 World Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Eggenberger Motorsport
1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 17th Ford Sierra RS500 Eggenberger Motorsport
1988 European Touring Car Championship 8th Ford Sierra RS500 Eggenberger Motorsport
1988 Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship NC Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 2nd Ford Sierra RS500 Eggenberger Motorsport
1990 Japanese Touring Car Championship 40th Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 22nd Opel Omega 3000 24V Opel Team Irmscher
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 41st Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft NC Opel Omega 3000 Evo 500 Eggenberger Motorsport
1993 ADAC GT Cup Class 1 12th Ford Escort Cosworth GT Wolf Racing
1994 ADAC GT Cup Class 1 3rd Porsche 911 GTR Mamerow
1995 FIA Touring Car World Cup 7th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1995 Deutscher Tourenwagen Cup 13th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1996 Super Tourenwagen Cup 8th Honda Accord Honda Team Linder
1997 Super Tourenwagen Cup 21st Audi A4 Quattro MIG Austria Audi Team
1998 Super Tourenwagen Cup 17th Opel Vectra 16V Auto Plus Bemani Team

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 Switzerland Ford Texaco Racing Team Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ
DSQ
JAR
ovr:5
cls:2
DIJ
ovr:3
cls:1
NUR
ovr:1
cls:1
SPA
Ret
2nd 268
Ford Sierra RS500 BNO
ovr:1
cls:1
SIL
ovr:6
cls:1
BAT
DSQ
CLD
ovr:12
cls:8
WEL
ovr:1
cls:1
FJI
ovr:1
cls:1

Silverstone and Calder show outright results for all cars. For teams registered for WTCC points, Niedzwiedz finished 5th in points and 1st in class at Silverstone and 5th in points and 2nd in class at Calder

Complete Asia-Pacific 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 DC Points
1988 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Ford Sierra RS500 BAT
Ret
WEL PUK FJI NC 0

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 West Germany Joest Racing West Germany Reinhold Joest
United States Dale Whittington
Porsche 908/80 S +2.0 80 DNF DNF
1982 West Germany Ford-Werke AG
West Germany Zakspeed
West Germany Manfred Winkelhock Ford C100 C 71 DNF DNF
1988 Switzerland Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Kenny Acheson Sauber C9 C1 - DNS DNS

Complete Spa 24 Hours results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1986 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport United Kingdom Steve Soper
West Germany Siegfried Müller, Jr.
New Zealand Mike Thackwell
Ford Sierra XR4Ti Div.3 475 7th 6th
1987 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport West Germany Klaus Ludwig
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Div.3 406 DNF DNF

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1987 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport West Germany Klaus Ludwig Ford Sierra RS500 1 159 DSQ DSQ
Ford Sierra RS500 1 - DNS DNS
1988 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 A 129 DNF DNF
1989 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises West Germany Frank Biela Ford Sierra RS500 A 161 2nd 2nd
1990 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises West Germany Frank Biela
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Ford Sierra RS500 1 151 10th 10th
Australia Gregg Hansford
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Ford Sierra RS500 1 138 DNF DNF
1992 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Gregg Hansford Ford Sierra RS500 A 128 19th 17th
1996 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Ken Douglas Ford EB Falcon 157 10th 10th

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1989). The Great Race 8. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  2. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1990). The Great Race 9. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  3. ^ a b Normoyle, Steve (1991). The Great Race 10. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  4. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1993). The Great Race 12. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  5. ^ Fuji Inter-tec 500 km Touring Car Racing.net
  6. ^ Klaus Niedzwiedz - Driver Database
  7. ^ History of Touring Car Racing