Audi Sport customer racing has unveiled a set of Belgium-themed special liveries for its four factory-supported cars competing in this weekend’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.
The German marque is recognizing the centenary of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps by designing its lead entries with colors and art styles that represent Belgian art traditions.
The No. 66 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo of Audi Sport Team Attempto sports the red, yellow and black national colors of Belgium with a blue splash. Dennis Marschall, Mattia Drudi and Christopher Mies will drive for the team that finished second in last year’s Spa edition.
Audi Sport Team WRT’s No. 37 car driven by Robin Frijns, Dennis Lind and Nico Mueller has a livery inspired by the drawing styles found in popular Belgian comics such as Tintin, Gaston and Michel Vaillant.
Double Spa winner WRT is also running the No. 32 Audi Sport machine for Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts, who will be competing in a design attributed to the 19th-20th century Art Nouveau movement which traces its roots to Belgium.
The No. 25 Audi Sport Team Sainteloc car driven by Markus Winkelhock, Christopher Haase and Patric Niederhauser has been given a livery that is themed on the works of Belgian abstract artist Victor Servranckx.
“It’s an honor for us to congratulate this awesome track on its racing anniversary,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.
“We are doing this for the first time with four race cars exclusively dedicated to the design.
“They all cite references to Belgium and to various artistic and design traditions of the country.”
Colapinto to Make GT3 Debut with WRT
Argentine sports car racing prospect Franco Colapinto has been named in one of Team WRT’s Silver Cup crews for Spa, for what will be the 18-year-old’s GT3 category debut.
Colapinto, who finished third in the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series and recently claimed his first European Le Mans Series pole position at Monza, replaces Stuart Hall who is unable to drive the No. 30 Audi at Spa after testing positive for COVID-19.
Entry backer ROFGO Racing and its partners selected ROFGO junior driver Colapinto as Hall’s replacement.
He will team up with James Pull and Benjamin Goethe, who contested the opening two rounds of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season alongside Hall at Monza and Paul Ricard.
“When I thought my season can’t be any crazier, I get a chance to race in the greatest GT race in the world in an Audi R8 LMS with one of the most successful GT teams on the grid,” said Colapinto.
“I’m grateful to Team WRT, ROFGO, and Bullet Sports Management for making this happen.
“I really do feel sorry for Stuart and wish him a speedy recovery. I will do my best to fit in and learn as much as I can from my more experienced teammates and continue the great work they have all done so far.
“I am under no illusions that this is going to be easy but I am really looking forward to such an opportunity.”
Elsewhere, Sainteloc Racing will have four drivers in its No. 27 Audi, with Lucas Legeret and Louis Prette joining Alexandre Cougnaud and Aurelien Panis who drive for the French team in GTWC Europe Endurance and Sprint, respectively.