The Candidates

Five drivers are being promoted by the Audi Sport racing academy this year. Two of them compete in the Audi Sport TT Cup: Hungarian Vivien Keszthelyi, who has been supported since 2016, and Fabian Vettel, the younger brother of Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. The three other candidates are participating in the ADAC GT Masters for the Audi Sport racing academy team. With the Swede Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, a second female driver is being promoted for the first time. Furthermore, the Audi Sport racing academy talent pool has been enhanced by the the Swiss Ricardo Feller and Chris Höher from Austria.

VIVIEN KESZTHELYI (H)

Date of birth: 07.12.2000
Place of residence: Budapest (H)
Motorsport since: 2014
Hobbies: Horse riding, fitness

Career highlights e.g.:
2014: Suzuki Swift Cup Magyar
2015: 3rd place Suzuki Swift Cup Magyar
2016: 1st place Division 2000 Central European Trophy

Fabian Vettel (D)

Date of birth: 10.12.1998
Place of residence: Heppenheim (D)
Motorsport since: 2008
Hobbies: Cycling, football, fitness

Career highlights e.g.:
2015–2016: Karting

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (S)

Date of birth: 13.11.1992
Place of residence: Stockholm (S)
Motorsport since: 2004
Hobbies: Fitness, dancing, gymnastics

Career highlights e.g.:
2014: 1st place Norisring (Volkswagen Scirocco Cup)
2015: Audi Sport TT Cup
2016: ADAC GT Masters (Audi R8 LMS)

Ricardo Feller (CH)

Date of birth: 01.06.2000
Place of residence: Bözberg (CH)
Motorsport since: 2011
Hobbies: Fitness, football, SIM Racing

Career highlights e.g.:
2015: 1st place Swiss Karting Junior Championship and Italian Karting Championship
2016: ADAC Formula 4

Chris Höher (A)

Date of birth: 19.05.1997
Place of residence: Spittal an der Drau (A)
Motorsport since: 2006
Hobbies: Drums, ski touring, jogging

Career highlights e.g.:
2012–2013: 1st place Austrian Racing Championship
2013: 1st place FIA CEZ Division 2

 

The drivers, who may be no more than 25 years old, receive individual development targets. These are appraised at the end of each season and it is decided whether they should continue being promoted. The candidates are usually developed for two years, with a possible option of a third year as well. In an ideal case, they are considered for evaluation courses with Audi Sport for the DTM programme or by Audi Sport customer racing for GT3 race participations. The German racing driver Elia Erhart completes the squad for the ADAC GT Masters.

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