ADAC GT Masters champion Ricardo Feller has been added to Audi Sport’s factory driver roster which stands at 18 members ahead of the 2022 GT racing and TCR seasons.
Feller is the only addition to Audi’s pool of GT factory drivers, while Luca Engstler and Gilles Magnus join the German manufacturer’s touring car program.
Mike Rockenfeller and Rahel Frey are the only departures from a works setup that features most of the familiar names that represented Audi in GT3 races last year.
New recruit Feller officially arrives at the manufacturer following the recent announcement of his signing with Abt Sportsline for the coming DTM season.
The 21-year-old Swiss driver won the 2021 GT Masters title alongside Christopher Mies in a Land-Motorsport Audi and was also a Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup class champion with Lamborghini squad Emil Frey Racing.
The continuing Audi Sport drivers are Mies, Christopher Haase, Markus Winkelhock, Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor, Charles Weerts, Dennis Marschall, Frank Stippler, Patric Niederhauser, Mattia Drudi, Pierre Kaffer, Frederic Vervisch, Nathanael Berthon, Rene Rast and Nico Mueller.
“We’ve rejuvenated our lineup once again and are ideally positioned for all challenges in GT3 racing as well as WTCR touring car racing,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.
“From young talents to established names, we have a promising mix of international drivers especially in the customer programs but also for all tasks in strategic races.”
Regarding the departures of Rockenfeller and Frey, Reinke added: “We would like to thank both of them from the bottom of our hearts for their commitment.
“They have been outstanding ambassadors and have shaped the image of our brand worldwide. We wish them both every success in their future careers.”
Rockenfeller is driving for Action Express Racing in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup this year while Frey is named as the first driver for the No. 85 Iron Dames Ferrari entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE-Am class.