Kaufmann – Tuner Grand Prix Winner
Wolfgang Kaufmann is busy in other fields of performance driving,
as well as racing the Wieth Ferrari in FIA GTs and the A Level Engineering
Porsche in the LMES – and trying to scare the **** out of
us round the Nordschleife: on May 29 / 30, he took part in the Sport
Auto Tuner Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
by the German magazine Sport Auto, the format resembles that of
a practice session at a 'regular' race.
"The cars that are
entered are thrown together in several classes, like GT, Saloon,
SUV, and so on,” explains ‘Piranha’. “The
cars, and also the tyres, are completely street legal, just like
what a customer can buy. The tyres only give you a window of about
three laps to set a good time, then they are done. Whoever does
the fastest lap wins his class. It's that simple!"
Driving a Gemballa
Porsche 996 (below), Kaufmann won his class from Frank Schmickler
with a TechArt-prepared Porsche, and Marc Basseng with Cargraphic's
interpretation of the 996 theme. The emphasis is clearly on the
competition within the classes, with the Tuner Grand Prix awarded
to the each class winner; but in addition to this, the fastest time
overall on street legal tyres is also acknowledged. Kaufmann also
managed that. Purely for the fun of it, there is a contest for the
fastest lap of the day, on street-legal sport tyres (basically road
tyres but with a different tread).
With a drifting competition
in the afternoon, and a fair where everyone who is anyone in the
tuning scene has the latest performance-enhancing gadgets on display,
the Tuner Grand Prix has become a fixture on the calendar, not just
for all renowned tuners and professional drivers, but also for an
increasing number of appreciative petrolheads.
a fun event for everyone, also because there are a lot of people
there. It’s a one day event, and we had 25,000 paying spectators"
- a crowd some international motor races would like to have.