Immediately next to them, Benny Leuchter, successful professional racing driver in the GTI TCR, is standing ready to answer fans' and driving colleagues' questions. At the moment, however, he isn't standing, but kneeling next to the prominent front splitter on his current Golf GTI TCR, which has been specially developed for customer sports on the basis of the production model.
In this pose he talks about his car's new aero kit in great detail to Michael Hulm. He is the technical director of the ‘Steibel Motorsport' TCR team from Walkertshofen in the district of Augsburg. The Bavarians are also competing in the racing series with their Golf GTI TCR.
‘Are you familiar with Vallelunga?' Leuchter asks his racing colleague. He nods and replies ‘Of course.' As he says himself, he has been active in the world of motor sport since the age of ten. In addition, he studied automotive engineering, so he is something of an expert. ‘The car now negotiates many of the fourth- and fifth-gear bends much better thanks to the improved balance,' says Leuchter, reporting on the initial test and tuning runs with the new car on the Italian circuit of Vallelunga.
Leuchter is now completely in his element and the eyes of Michael Hulm are lit up. ‘TCR is hands-on motor sport,' he states, beaming with joy. Leuchter nods and says by way of farewell: ‘We'll speak on the phone!'