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Attempto Joins Audi Factory Stable for 24H Spa

Audi adds extra factory-supported entry for 24H Spa as Attempto joins WRT and Sainteloc…

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Audi Sport has confirmed its factory-supported teams and driver lineups for next month’s Total 24 Hours of Spa including the addition of an entry for Attempto Racing.

Attempto, which operates Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evos in both the Endurance and Sprint Cup elements of GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, will receive Audi Sport backing for its third time running the manufacturer’s cars at the Belgian enduro.

Frederic Vervisch, Mattia Drudi and Patric Niederhauser will drive for the German team, which ran Lamborghini machinery before its switch to R8s in 2018, while Audi has introduced the top three drivers in the DTM championship standings to its other crews.

DTM points leader Nico Mueller will drive for Audi Sport Team Sainteloc alongside Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock who guided the French team to victory in 2017 along with Jules Gounon.

Robin Frijns, who is second to Mueller in the DTM leaderboard, is set to drive an Audi Sport Team WRT car with Christopher Mies and Dries Vanthoor.

WRT has two factory-backed entries, as was the case last year, with its other R8 LMS GT3 Evo double DTM champion Rene Rast with Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti.

The Belgian squad, which won its home endurance race in 2011 and 2014, is also planning to run two independent entries in the race on Oct. 24-25.

One car will be driven by Formula E regular Edoardo Mortara, Audi stalwart Frank Stippler and GTWC Europe Sprint Cup points leader Charles Weerts.

The other is set to involve Rik Breukers, Stuart Hall and Benjamin Goethe, who compete for WRT full-time in the Silver category of Endurance Cup. 

Sainteloc and WRT were the two Audi Sport representatives in 2019 when the manufacturer provided support to three cars.

Its best finisher on that occasion was the Sainteloc machine which finished fourth in the hands of Haase, Winkelhock and Vervisch.

“We have put together four powerful driver teams for the Spa 24 Hours, which we will distribute among three teams,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.

“This way, we want to aim for our fifth overall victory in the biggest GT3 race of the year.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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