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Benjamin Leuchter is a racer, through and through. This year, the man from Duisburg, about 70 kilometers north of Cologne, will compete with a Golf GTI TCR in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, the pinnacle of touring car racing. His close connection to Volkswagen has grown over the years. A portrait of a man who is living his childhood dream.

Story: The German in the world cup
Benjamin Leuchter: The only German in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup
Sheer anticipation: Leuchter is excited about the 2019 season
Family guy: Benny with dad Reinhard Walther, mum Angelika and sister Jasmin (from left)
Starting early: Leuchter on his first kids’ quad bike
Perfect training ground: Like many of his rivals, Benny started out in karting
Love at first sight: Leuchter takes to the Nordschleife track for the first time in 2008
Eye-catcher: Leuchter’s first car is a Golf 6 GTI
Quiet please: Benny in his role as instructor at the Volkswagen Driving Experience
Benny with his favourite car at his favourite place.
Attention to detail: Leuchter’s own Clubsport S has the production number 001 / 400
Once a Nordschleife fan, always a Nordschleife fan: Benny and the Golf GTI TCR for the first time in 2016
Best of buddies: Racing driver Leuchter and professional footballer Max Kruse
On your marks, get set, go: Leuchter is one of 26 drivers in WTCR in 2019

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