Friday | 23 May 2014

Audi sports car outing for Ogier

World rally champion Sébastien Ogier will make his second race appearance when he drives a 550hp Audi R8 LMS in the ADAC GT Masters series at the Lausitzring in Germany this weekend.

Sébastien Ogier (front) with Markus Winkelhock

The 30-year-old Frenchman will partner 2012 FIA GT1 world champion Markus Winkelhock in the Prosperia C. Abt Racing team in the third round of the sports car series. Ogier will drive in hour-long races on both Saturday and Sunday (24 / 25 May).

“I'm not familiar with the Lausitzring yet, but I have visited the ADAC GT Masters at Oschersleben,” said Ogier. “The drivers’ field is strong but with Markus Winkelhock at my side, I also have a very fast and experienced team-mate. With me as a GT rookie, it will obviously be difficult, but I’m going to do my best.”

Ogier, who leads the WRC in a Volkswagen Polo R after five rounds, made his circuit debut a year ago at the Porsche Supercup race during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Winkelhock showed Ogier how to handle the Audi on Thursday before joking: “Here it’s better not to drive through the dirt, but to make sure you stay on the road!”

Prosperia C. Abt Racing won the team standings in the GT Masters last year and two weeks ago clinched four podium places in the second round races at Zandvoort.

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