World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier will make a return to the race track this weekend when he lines up at the third round of the Porsche Supercup – a support race to F1’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Rally Italia Sardegna winner will drive a GT3-specification Porsche 911 for the ‘Project 1’ team at the Red Bull Ring. It is the same team that Ogier drove for when he made his debut in the Porsche Supercup at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2013. On that occasion, the 30-year-old completed the street circuit race in 13th place.
Ogier is looking forward to rejoining the Porsche Supercup grid and testing his skills on a new track. He said: “The Porsche Supercup is a fascinating racing series and I really enjoyed my first outing last year in Monaco.
“From what I have heard, Spielberg is an iconic racetrack with a very special character. Like a rollercoaster, you head uphill for the first 70 metres after the start, then the rest is all downhill. I imagine that will be awesome in a competitive race.”
The VW Motorsport driver's last appearance in a sports car race came at the end of May when he drove an Audi R8 LMS Ultra to eighth place in the ADAC GT Masters.
Free practice for the Porsche Supercup race at the Red Bull Ring starts today (Friday) at 16.45, while qualifying gets underway tomorrow (Saturday) at 12.25. The race itself starts at 11.45 on Sunday and will run for a maximum of 35 minutes.