Newly signed Audi Sport factory driver Simon Gachet has joined Sainteloc Junior Team’s Pro-class entry for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup season.
Gachet will team up with the returning Patric Niederhauser and Christopher Mies in the No. 25 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, creating an all-factory lineup for Sainteloc.
The Frenchman, who was named in Audi’s roster last week, replaces compatriot Lucas Legeret in the French team’s leading entry for a multi-car program in GTWC Europe.
Gachet is familiar with Sainteloc, having won the Sprint Cup Silver class title with the organization in 2020 before spending a year with Mercedes-AMG team ASP and then returning to Audi machinery with Tresor by Car Collection.
“First of all I am very happy to be part of the very closed list of official Audi Sport drivers for the 2023 season,” he said.
“I’m also very happy to be back with my team that started me in GT3, it’s a great story to continue to write with [Sainteloc bosses] Sebastien Chetail and Frederic Thalamy.
“I will be associated with Patric and Chris in Endurance on a Pro and Paul in Sprint to go for a title in Gold Cup. I can’t wait to be in Monza and to start this season.”
Sainteloc is also running a Silver Cup car in the Endurance series for Erwan Bastard, Gregoire Demoustier and Paul Evrard.
Reigning GT4 European Series and French GT champion Bastard will also compete in the Sprint Cup, sharing the No. 25 Pro-class Audi with Niederhauser.
The 24-year-old is making his full-time GT3 debut this year after helping Sainteloc to an overall podium at the Gulf 12 Hours in December.
Sainteloc’s No. 27 Audi for Sprint will also race in Pro, with the lineup of Mies and Demoustier.
Demoustier has recently competed in GT4 competitions but also has previous experience in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The Sainteloc lineup for the series of 60-minute races is completed by the No. 26 Gold Cup crew of Gachet and Evrard.