Klaus Ludwig’s Return?
Those of you who followed dailysportscar's coverage
of the 2003 German Endurance Championship may recall the surprising
and welcome return of Klaus Ludwig to competition, when he joined
the Zakspeed team for the Eifelrennen last year; in a race that
was intended to be a test for the 24 Hours, he drove the Zakspeed
Viper to second place, with Walter Lechner, jr. and Peter Zakowski.
His performance was proof that he still had not lost any of his
driving ability. 11 months on, we are confident this has not changed.
At the recent
Nürburgring race, Ludwig was a guest of the Alzen team, and
drove the car in Friday practice. Jürgen Alzen Motorsport has
in the meantime stated its intention to have Ludwig on the driver
line-up for the 24 Hours.
year, conflicting sponsorship ultimately prevented "König
Ludwig" from taking part in the 24 Hours; such issues will
hopefully be looked at, and resolved to everyone's satisfaction,
in time before this year's race. He still has commercial ties with
Mercedes, which ideally will not keep him out of a Porsche cockpit.
The connection between
Ludwig and Alzen (photo) is one that goes back to their days as
Mercedes DTM drivers; when Ludwig announced his retirement at the
end of the "new" DTM's inaugural season in 2000, he had
a say in the choice of his successor, and it was Alzen who took
his place in the HWA team.
has three victories in the Nürburgring 24 Hours to his credit
(1982, 1987, and 1999), as well as some success in that other 24
hour classic (Le Mans winner 1979 and 1984); his team mates in the
2004 'Ring marathon will most likely be Jürgen and Uwe Alzen,
and Michael Bartels. Alzen regular Arno Klasen will stand in for
the Vitaphone Saleen drivers in those German Championship races
that clash with the FIA GT Championship, and is looking at other
options for the 24 Hours.
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