It is the highlight of the WTCR season: the run on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Last weekend, local hero Benjamin Leuchter made history: The 31-year-old was the first German to win a race in the FIA Touring Car World Cup WTCR in the “Green Hell”.
The Nordschleife specialist defeated the entire world elite in front of a home crowd in the WTCR main race. Esteban Guerrieri proved to be an especially stubborn opponent. In the direct duel with the championship leader however, Leuchter was able to fend off all attacks and clinched the celebrated victory in Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The day before, Benjamin had already clinched pole position in a dramatic qualifying session.
“I think this is the most important victory in my career. The starter field in the WTCR is the toughest ever. Whoever wins a race here is one of the best drivers in the world. And that’s why I’m incredibly satisfied and happy that we were succesful today,” said Leuchter after his victory in the Eifel.