“I am delighted that we were able to get Benjamin Leuchter to move to the WTCR,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “Benny has been part of the Volkswagen family for years and was involved in the development of the Golf GTI TCR right from the start. His results speak for themselves and he did a fantastic job during the testing – both on the track and in collaboration with the engineers. We have lined up a strong international quartet of drivers for WTCR 2019 and it goes without saying that we want to be up there at the front of the pack with this team.”
“A childhood dream come true”
Leuchter is ecstatic to be taking on the challenge. “The World Cup is a childhood dream come true for me,” said the 31-year-old from Duisburg. “I am delighted to be given the seat with Volkswagen in the WTCR and will give everything to represent the German colours in a worthy manner. I’m only familiar with two of the ten tracks on the calendar, but I’m a fast learner and will do my very best to be successful.”
In addition to his involvement as a driver, Leuchter is already a brand ambassador and motorsport representative for Volkswagen, as an instructor in the Volkswagen Driving Experience team, and has been familiar with the Golf GTI TCR since day one. “I was involved in the development programme in 2015, and since then I have competed in numerous races and taken part in every winter test for further development,” said Leuchter.