“King Ludwig" would put his money on the favourites
He started his DTM career back in 1985 in a Ford Sierra and has been regarded as the most successful touring-car driver until today. Klaus Ludwig made it to the top step of the DTM podium 36 times – and secured 14 of this wins at the Nürburgring. Three times, he won the title: in 1988 with Ford as well as in 1992 and 1994 for Mercedes-Benz. And in 2000, ‘King Ludwig’ once again demonstrated his outstanding skills by winning both races at the Lausitzring at the age of 50, thus making history as oldest DTM race winner in the history of the sport. He has remained a critical motor-sport observer until today. In the run-up to the penultimate race weekend of the year, the 65-year old looks ahead to the 15th and 16th rounds of the season – in his expert’s tip.
On the season so far: “More often than not, the race weekends were dominated by one brand. This has been caused by the too severe performance-weight penalties. Would only the top three of a race receive performance weights, we would witness a better brand mix at the front end of the field, in the following races. The old regulations should be re-introduced: the winner has to take 15kg aboard his car, the runner-up 10 and the third-placed driver 5 – and that should be that. But that currently isn’t the case and I think it’s a pity. Nonetheless, I would say that the races generally are thrilling. And with two races per weekend, DTM tries to provide the fans motor sport to the max.”
On the races at the Nürburgring: “The Eifel circuit features a lot of straights. You have to try to get around the corners with the lowest possible downforce. To cut a long story short: if you are the quickest on the straights you are in a good position, at the Nürburgring. Of course, the weather also uses to be a key factor in the Eifel – particularly in late September. At this time of the year, the rain-shower probability is extremely high. And it goes without saying that this is going to add to the excitement.”
Ludwig’s tip: “Due to the current weight distribution I see a slight advantage for Audi. I think they are in the best position at the Nürburgring and therefore, I expect Mattias Ekström to strike back, there. Nonetheless, he won’t be able to close in on Pascal Wehrlein or even pass him, this weekend. Ekström wins on Saturday, Wehrlein on Sunday. It will be another thrilling weekend.”