WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup


Following its successful debut season, the Audi RS 3 LMS will compete at the highest international level this year. Audi Sport customer racing is supporting two partner teams in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. The series is exclusively reserved to TCR race cars and encompasses rounds in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

Teams and drivers

Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team
#52 Gordon Shedden (GB)
#69 Jean-Karl Vernay (F)

Audi Sport Team Comtoyou
#22 Frédéric Vervisch (B)
#20 Denis Dupont (B)

Comtoyou Racing
#23 Nathanaël Berthon (F)
#21 Aurélien Panis (F)

Two squads with a total of six drivers are contesting the races in the Audi RS 3 LMS in 2018. The Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team relies on the Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay and the Scotsman Gordon Shedden, and Audi Sport Team Comtoyou on the Belgians Frédéric Vervisch and Denis Dupont. The three Audi Sport drivers are successful pros who have previously clinched motorsport titles in diverse categories: Vernay won the TCR International Series in 2017, in addition to four other titles in his career. Gordon Shedden was the British Touring Car champion three times. Frédéric Vervisch has scored a title in both Formula 3 and Belcar and has been driving Audi’s GT3 sports cars for several years. Three privateer drivers complement Audi’s line-up. The Belgian Denis Dupont and the two Frenchmen Nathanaël Berthon and Aurélien Panis also look back on experience and success in various motorsport classes.

2018 race calendar

07–08/04 Marrakesh (MA)
28–29/04 Hungaroring (H)
10–12/04 Nürburgring (D)
19–21/05 Zandvoort (NL)
23–24/06 Vila Real (P)
13–15/07 Slovakia Ring (SK)
29–30/09 Ningbo (CN)
05–07/10 Wuhan (CN)
26–28/10 Suzuka (J)
15–18/11 Macau (MAC)

 

Audi Sport driver legend Frank Biela and the Audi A4 quattro were the last winners of an FIA World Touring Car Cup. On October 15, 1995, the German professional driver and his marque secured victory in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications on the circuit at Le Castellet, France. Now the marque will be battling to defend the title because the FIA has not sanctioned such a world cup since then.


“We look forward to the strong competition in the new racing series which is an attractive stage for many manufacturers in touring car racing,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Our teams and drivers bring valuable experiences from touring car racing and other disciplines to the grid, so we intend to battle for the titles in the drivers’ and teams’ classifications.”