W Racing Team named as first Audi customer team for 2019 DTM

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Audi has become the first manufacturer to present a customer team for the 2019 DTM season. The W Racing Team (WRT), which is mainly known for GT racing, plans to enter two new Audi RS 5 DTM cars.

“Together with the ITR, we have been working hard over the past few months to reopen the DTM for customer teams,” said head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass. “We are pleased to present the first customer team of the new DTM era.

“I know WRT team director Vincent Vosse and his team very well from Super Touring and the many years we worked together in GT racing. I know how strong the WRT team is. I am convinced that WRT also has the potential to establish itself in the DTM.”

Based in Baudour, Belgium, the WRT was founded in 2009. The team made a name for itself in international racing with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars. Since 2016, WRT has also been involved in the TCR touring car category, currently with the Audi RS 3 LMS.

“Moving up the ranks to the DTM was a dream for us,” added Vosse. “As part of the Audi family, we have followed the DTM with interest. This has always been a very strong platform.

“The time to get started was never better than it is now: in 2019, the new 2.0-liter turbo engines will be used for the first time. All of the teams will be starting from scratch with the new engines. We will get the same equipment as the factory teams. That makes the DTM so interesting for us and certainly also in the future for other teams.”

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