Lucas Luhr is embarking on his maiden DTM campaign in 2007 with one key aim, that of impressing his Audi bosses to such an extent they give him a shot at his ultimate goal – competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The young German is a product of the highly-successful Porsche staircase of talent, and last season clinched the American Le Mans Series' LMP2 drivers' crown at the wheel of one of the Stuttgart marque's Penske RS Spyders. Now he has switched over to tin-tops with Audi, he clearly intends to maintain that winning form.
“With Audi I can fight for overall honours,” he claimed, “and I'm looking forward to finally getting the attention I want in my home country for the races I do.”
He is well aware, however, that the forthcoming challenge will not be an easy one, particularly as he will be racing a year-old car entered by Audi Sport Team Rosberg. 2007 will mark a learning year for the 27-year-old, but he still hopes to make his mark on the series.
“I'm really looking forward to the DTM,” he enthused. “You have to give attention to many little details, and I'm keen to get this right. I want to learn as much as possible in my first DTM year and make the most out of it. My target is to score as many points as possible. However, I'll see only after two or three races where I really stand.”
As to his ultimate career ambitions, the Swiss-domiciled fishing fanatic – who keeps himself in tip-top physical form by running and cycling around Lake Constance close to his new home, as well as through golf and tennis – is clear. His involvement in motorsport came after he was inspired by his father, who participated in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race, and he will soon be given the opportunity to sample all 650bhp of the all-conquering Audi R10 TDI.
“I want to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” he stated, “and I believe that at Audi I'm in exactly the right place to do that.”