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Klaus Ludwig (* 5 October 1949 in Bonn) was (and is occasionally still) an author driver. It is considered as of Germany of most successful route car drivers and therefore also as a king Ludwig is designated. In contrast to its contemporary Hans Joachim stucco, Rolf Stommelen, Harald Ertl, Hans Heyer and yokes measure he however never denied a running in formula racing cars, only tests isolated.

Ludwig drove route cars into the 1970er year from Ford in the German racing championship. In the yearly valuation it reaches 1975 and 1976 the second place in each case. Only 1979 he became master, now on a Kremer Porsche 935. With this racing car, which was based on the road vehicle Porsche 911 turbo, he achieved the 24-Stunden-Rennen also with von Le Mans in rain weather a total victory against the faster reinrassigen sport prototypes. Also 1981 he became again DRM master.

Into the 1980ern it drove the sports cars Porsche 956 and Porsche 962C when long-distance running and won thereby again twice in Le Mans, this time for Joest. However he criticized the danger of this running, in particular those extremely for a long time and quick straight lines, and also from sports cars generally (see Manfred anglesquat and to Stefan Bellof), and changed to German route car championship, with which it became 1988 on Ford Sierra Cosworth master.

Later Ludwig changed to Mercedes Benz and was successfully 1992 and 1994 than DTM masters. After the end of the DTM and/or ITC he followed 1997 Mercedes AMG into the FIA GT world championship.

After the profit of the GT-world championship 1998 it terminated its career after 29 years racing officially as a professional running driver. If however the opportunity results to move on the north loop of the a victoryable racing car it sits down however still still gladly behind the steering wheel. Not least it carries the pointed name "king of the north loop", to which on its successes on this legendary racing course is based. Besides it has hunting ground already a 1999 in the environment withdrew it for the there 24-Stunden-Rennen of the resignation and won on the Zakspeed viper for the altogether third time.

In the year 2000 it participated again as a professional again in the first season in the "new DTM". There it won both a running at the Saxonia ring at the age of 50 years, as an oldest winner of DTM running. After this season it terminated its professional career again, remained however the DTM and Mercedes as Taxi-Fahrer.

In the years 2004 and 2005 he started 996 GT2 Bi-turbo together with Uwe Alzen at the international General German Automobile Association 24-Stunden-Rennen on the north loop in a bear-strong Porsche.

At present Klaus Ludwig is active as commentator for the pool of broadcasting corporations with the runs to the DTM.


  • Winner 24-Stunden-Rennen von Le Mans: 1979, 1984, 1985
  • DTM winner: 1988, 1992, 1994
  • FIA GT-world champion 1998

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