Biography

Lebenslauf Jutta Kleinschmidt

Jutta is one of the most, if not the most successful woman in global motorsport. She is the first and so far the only woman who has ever taken outright victory in the longest and toughest rally in the world, the Dakar Rally.

Raised in Berchtesgaden (Germany), her youth was dedicated to winter sports. At 18, she bought her first motorbike, in order to go on adventure trips. Challenges, competition and motor technology are her passions. Her racing career started on motorcycles. After completing her physics degree and six years experience as an engineer at the research and development department of BMW, she left her job to concentrate on motorsport. After 4 Dakar Rallies on a motorbike, she changed to four wheels in 1995, and became involved in the development of the most successful rally car, the Mitsubishi Pajero Evo, in which she won the Dakar in 2001.  She then moved on to join the Volkswagen Works Team and developed a totally new rally car, the Race Touareg, that she also competed in.

In addition to motorsport, Jutta loves all manner of challenges. In 2004 she participated in the Race Across America. Together with teammate Joey Kelly she cycled 3,000 Miles across America in just eight and a half days. Since 2004, she owns and pilots helicopters. After 17 Dakar participations with six Top-5 finishes in the overall standings, Jutta Kleinschmidt today passes on her experiences as a motivational speaker for well known companies. To complement this, she wrote her book „Mein Sieg bei der Dakar“.

Jutta is currently involved in a project initiated by her, the “WIMC-QMMF Women’s Cross Country Selection”, the first race driver selection camp to encourage more women into motor sport. In the last years, Jutta Kleinschmidt has remained true to motor sport, with regular participations in 24-hour race for example at the Nürburgring or in the off-road area the GORM.

Surname: Kleinschmidt
First name: Jutta
Date of birth: 29 August 1962
Place of birth: Cologne (D)
Grew up in: Berchtesgaden (D)
Lives in: Monaco (MC)
Profession: Degree in physics, Dipl-Ing (FH)
Current job:  Professional cross country rally driver, instructor
Hobbies: sports, computer technology, flying
Publications:Mein Sieg bei der Dakar („My Dakar victory“)„, Haufe-Verlag 2010

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