Jutta Kleinschmidt

Jutta Kleinschmidt ( born August 29, 1962 in Cologne ) is a German rally raid driver.

The studied physicist is one of the world's most successful women in motorsport. She is the first and so far only woman who has won the Dakar Rally in the overall standings and the only German who could win in the car category.


Jutta Kleinschmidt grew up in Berchtesgaden and went to Berchtesgaden, Traunstein and Freilassing to school, where they made ​​their 1981 college entrance. From 1982 to 1986 she studied physics and engineering from the Natural Science and Technical Academy in Isny ​​and graduated as a graduate engineer. Until 1992, she worked in the vehicle development at BMW before he worked as an professional rally driver ( Rally Raid, Rally Marathon ). Today, it operates in addition to their successful racing drivers career as an instructor. Jutta Kleinschmidt lives in Monaco.


Your first rally raid went Kleinschmidt 1987 with the motorcycle ( the Pharaoh's Rally in Egypt). In 1988, she started also with the bike, her first Paris -Dakar. As early as 1992, she celebrated with the bike its first victories, winning the women's standings of the rally Paris - Cape Town and the Pharaoh's Rally. In the same year, it launched the first car in the 24 -hour race at the Nürburgring and Spa- Francorchamps.

In 1993 she participated as a co-driver of Jean-Louis Schlesser at the UAE Desert Challenge. A year later she won the women's rating of the Paris -Dakar on a motorbike and turn the Pharaohs Rally, where she also was fifth position overall. At the UAE Desert Challenge 1994 she won with her Mitsubishi Pajero in the category of production vehicles and came fourth overall. They also won in the same and in the two following years the second place in the Marathon World Cup, in the category of two-wheel drive vehicles.

In 1996, she won the women's rating of Australian Safari and the UAE Desert Challenge. In 1997 she won the first woman to win a stage at the Paris-Dakar Rally. In 1999, she ran the marathon World Cup as a works driver from Ralliart. In the Dakar Rally in the same year she was third, and reached the first woman to a place on the podium.

In 2000 they drove successfully in all major international cross country rallies of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup as a works driver from Ralliart. During the year, the German Andreas Schulz released her long-time co-driver Tina Thorner from Sweden. Kleinschmidt was second in the overall standings of the World Cup.

In the course of 2001 Kleinschmidt moved from Ralliart Germany as a private driver for Mitsubishi (MMC Japan). There she received a factory Pajero of the previous year, which was about 200 kg heavier than the current factory cars. Nevertheless, they won in this most successful year of her racing career the Paris-Dakar Rally and the Baja Italy and were each second in the Baja Portugal, the Morocco Rally, Master in the rally and the Por Las Pampas Rally. In the Cross Country World Cup they reached the second place.

A year later she was in the Dakar Rally in second. In May of 2002, she moved to Volkswagen works driver from Mitsubishi. On the VW Tarek her and her new co-driver Fabrizia Pons from Italy could not repeat their previous successes. The year 2004 was not just was a success: with their racing model of the VW Touareg was in spite of a stage victory just 21 overall in the Dakar Rally. In the Morocco Rally with co-driver Bobby Willis was fourth. In 2005, she reached the third place in the Dakar Rally.

On 31 January 2006 her contract expired with Volkswagen, which was part of Volkswagen are not extended. On the Dakar Rally 2007 Kleinschmidt drove a BMW X3 CC for the team X-Raid BMW. At the rally she came - back together with her ​​former co-driver Tina Thorner - to 15th place.

2013, it launched at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24h race at the Nürburgring in an Audi TTS for the " per Handicap eV " team and finished the race in 113th


  • Price " Engineers in Motion" from the Association of German Engineers (VDI ), 2001
  • Jury selection for the " ADAC Sportswoman of the Year ", 2001
  • Audience - voted " German Athlete of the Year ", 2001
  • Readers Choice for "Rallye driver of the year " at Motorsport aktuell, 2001
  • Lord Wakefield Trophy at the British Women Racing Drivers Club as " Outstanding female personality in motorsport in 2001 "