Competitor Profile: Klaus Enders

TT Career Summary
Position1248DNF
No of times41115

Biography

PhotographSix times World Sidecar Champions, Klaus Enders and passenger Ralf Engelhardt also gained four Sidecar TT victories between their debut in 1966 and their final retirement in 1974. The bare statistics read as follows: 12 starts; 4 D.N.F.’s; 8 finishes and 4 wins, with four race record speeds and five fastest laps, four of which created new records. Oh and not forgetting 7 coveted silver replicas apiece! Perhaps the crews initial finishing place in 4th provided them with something to aim for? The German ‘team’ gained their first win in the 500cc Sidecar TT of 1969, setting a new race record speed of 92.48 mph and a fastest lap at 92.54 mph in the process. 1970, was to be a year of mixed fortunes, failing to complete the course in the 750cc class, after having broken the lap record at 92.37 mph, whilst retaining their 500cc laurels and lap speeds. Having won their third world championship in 1970, Enders decided to retire from the sport and try their luck on four-wheels. Twelve months later they were back on three wheels, having decided they preferred three to four wheel sport. Although they regained the world championship they relinquished in 1971, their return to the Mountain Course provided them with two non-finishes. Back on form in 1973 Klaus and Ralf completed the double, once again breaking all race and lap records. Their final TT in 1974 did not give them the send off they would have wished – a retirement. The pair however, ended the season as sidecar world champions, for the third successive year making them one of the most successful sidecar crews in the sport. It is interesting to note that they remained loyal to BMW throughout their racing careers on both three and four wheels.

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