As a child, Traudl Klink spent a lot of time in her parents’ car repair shop, where, aged only three, she was already sorting screws while sitting in hubcaps. But she wasn’t discovered until she was 28, in what was known as a talent “sighting”. She came out on top of 1,300 applicants at the Hockenheimring in 1983. Two years later, she took the championship title in the Ford Fiesta Ladies Cup, followed by a brief stint in the DTM and 24-hour races.
After a successful racing career, she took over the car business with her brother and has been working as an instructor since 1990. But the racing bug never quite left Traudl Klink, she says: “I kept falling off the wagon, but at some point all good things have to come to an end,” she says today. Traudl Klink’s last race was in 2011.