I’M ON THE #WTCR2019SUPERGRID
Testing times: Leuchter might only have experience of two tracks on the 2019 WTCR / OSCARO schedule prior to the start of the new campaign, but he does have ample knowledge of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR that he’ll race having played a key role in its test and development phase.
Ambassador man: The German’s links to the Volkswagen family don’t end there. As well as being a brand ambassador for the firm, Leuchter is an instructor for the Volkswagen Driving Experience.
Long distance, no problem: Having raced in karting and single-seaters in the past, Leuchter has formed a strong reputation in long-distance events, particularly the Nürburgring Nordschleife-based VLN Endurance Championship.
Nice words from the boss: Commenting on Leuchter’s WTCR / OSCARO announcement, Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said: “I am delighted that we were able to get Benjamin Leuchter to move to the WTCR. Benny has been part of the Volkswagen family for years and was involved in the development of the Golf GTI TCR right from the start. His results speak for themselves and he did a fantastic job during the testing – both on the track and in collaboration with the engineers.”
Did you know? Leuchter holds the front-wheel-drive production vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. He clocked a 7m47.21s in a Volkswagen Gofl GTI Clubsport S
CAREER SO FAR:
2004: 19, Formula BMW Germany
2005: 15, Formula BMW Germany
2006: German Formula 3 Championship
2008: 4, 24h-Rennen SP1/2 class
2009: 10, ADAC Procar Series Division II
2014: 1, VLN Endurance Championship SP8 class
2015: 6, VLN Endurance Championship
2016: 5, ADAC TCR Germany; 10, VLN Endurance Championship; 2, 24h-Rennen TCR class
2017: 1, VLN Endurance Championship TCR class; 1, 24h-Rennen TCR class; 26 (2 races, best result 6), TCR International Series
2018: 8, TCR Germany; 1, Dubai 24 Hours TCR category and TCR class