Reviews Next Audi castling: Habsburg contests 24h of Spa at short notice

19:05  21 october  2020
19:05  21 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

DTM Training Spa: Habsburg destroys Audi, Kubica heavily in the rain

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Mit diesem Audi R8 LMS wird Ferdinand Habsburg in Spa am Start sein © WRT Ferdinand Habsburg will be at the starting line in Spa with this Audi R8 LMS

After Audi's DTM title candidates Rene Rast, Nico Müller and Robin Frijns shared a decision their employer decided at short notice on Tuesday not to take part in the 24-hour classic in Spa-Francorchamps this coming weekend, another DTM driver is now moving up: Ferdinand Habsburg.

The 23-year-old WRT Audi driver, who has just achieved his first pole and podium

in Zolder , will drive for his regular Belgian team, but will not replace any of his three DTM colleagues there.

Instead, the Austrian replaces the Italian Mirko Bortolotti, who also has Austrian roots and is down due to a stubborn flu-like infection. But the team gives the all-clear: All corona tests have so far been negative.

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Habsburg, who already competed in the 24-hour classic in Belgium with R-Motorsport last year, is now looking forward to the "incredible opportunity" on '

Instagram ' ". And raves about the Audi R8 LMS: "I will drive this beauty in the greatest GT race in the world."

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The fact that, unlike Rast & Co., he is now traveling to Spa, although the COVID-19 infection rate is rising in Belgium, he explains: "Some DTM title candidates have withdrawn from Spa - and that results Absolutely sense for them - but I'm in a different position in the championship and I'm in a different phase of my career. "

Of course, the DTM is still his "top priority and I'm getting closer to my first victory with every race". The Audi pairings have now been mixed up: Habsburg shares the car with the number 30 with the two later-nominated drivers Dennis Marschall and Matthieu Vaxiviere.

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The other two Audi pairings have also been rearranged: The WRT Audi with starting number 30 is now being driven by the number 31 driver Christopher Mies and Dries Vanthoor. Sheldon van der Linde's brother Kelvin van der Linde stays in his car.

At the Sainteloc-Audi, Müller will be replaced by the Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci, who has also been nominated afterwards, who will join the former DTM driver Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase. After the withdrawal of the three Audi factory drivers,

Habsburg is not the only current DTM driver to face the 24 hour classic. RBM-BMW driver Philipp Eng will be the only driver from the Munich DTM squad at the start - for Henry Walkenhorst's US squad.

The works driver, who comes from Salzburg like Habsburg and won the race with Rowe in 2016 and with Walkenhorst in 2018, will share the number 34 BMW M6 GT3 with ex-DTM driver Augusto Farfus and local hero Nicky Catsburg.

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