Ice is nice and there’s still time for a Kruse: WTCR racer Leuchter’s busy 2019 is go!
Benjamin Leuchter will be kept busy in 2019, combining his maiden campaign in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO with a VLN Endurance Championship attack for Max Kruse Racing.
Volkswagen-powered Leuchter raced for the Werder Bremen striker’s eponymous squad in ADAC TCR Germany last year. He will continue his alliance with the footballing star in a Golf GTI TCR in the Nürburgring Nordschleife-based series, teaming up with Andreas Gülden, the Chief Instructor at the Nürburgring Driving Academy.
“For Volkswagen and me the focus this year is clearly the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup,” Leuchter explained. “But as the plans for Max Kruse Racing became more concrete, I was determined to give the best possible support for the next step. The team made a great job last year. Ultimately, the team is responsible that I made the leap into touring car’s premier class.”
As well as testing in readiness for the upcoming WTCR / OSCARO season, Leuchter has been demonstrating his ice-driving prowess at a Volkswagen Driving Experience event in Arvidsjaur, Sweden. “Driving on ice is really the best training for a racing driver,” said the German. “Although the speed levels are much lower in comparison to race tracks, you learn every driving condition as well as the ultra-fast reactions needed for them. For us pros, driving on ice and snow is a rigorous training programme. After the few days on the ice and snow, I will be even quicker behind the wheel of the Golf GTI TCR.”
Click here to watch Leuchter driving on snow and ice. His VLN challenge begins with the 65. ADAC Westfalenfahrt today (23 March).
Photo: Volkswagen Motorsport