Jochi Kleint at the double
Jochi Kleint has nothing to do with the race against the clock this weekend. The demonstration drives with the Golf II Pikes Peak and the Golf II GTI are actually more of an early birthday present, as the rally ace turns 71 on 24 January.
Behind the steering wheel, the foot is already twitching on the accelerator pedal. “My first ice race with Volkswagen was a long time ago. I drove the Golf I GTI in Chamonix in the 1980s,” recalls Kleint. With Jochi Kleint at the wheel, entertainment is guaranteed. “I threw the car into the corners a little bit more and gave the odd spectator a little snow shower,” he says, grinning.
While Kleint is able to shake off the flu over the course of the weekend, Dumas ends the event with podium finishes to his name. “I feared that I would be last in the class,” admits the endurance expert. “Second on Saturday and third on Sunday is a great result. For me, this outing was a nice present, as I was primarily in Zell am See on a different mission.”