Yann Ehrlacher and Nyck de Vries get Audi young driver test chance

Yann Ehrlacher and Nyck de Vries get Audi young driver test chance

Nyck de Vries
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WTCC racer Yann Ehrlacher and F1 test driver Nyck de Vries are among six drivers who have been given a chance to test Audi’s RS5 DTM car next week at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.

Ehrlacher, 21, who has already claimed a win in his maiden WTCC season in an independent LADA, is the nephew of touring car legend Yvan Muller and the Frenchman also has experience of LMP3 machinery.

Also in the test between October 24 and 26 will be 19-year-old South African Formula 4 racer Jonathan Aberdein, whose father Chris Aberdein raced for Audi in touring car racing in the 1990s.

20-year-old Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg took part in the Formula 3 European Championship this year, and ended up seventh overall in the drivers’ championship after one race win, earning him a place at the test.

Dutchman Nyck de Vries, who is currently a McLaren Formula 1 junior, has earned himself a place at the test, with the 22-year-old also finishing seventh overall in this year’s Formula 2 Championship.

20-year-old Spaniard Alex Palou will also be in eastern Germany next week, having finished third overall in the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Championship before debuting in F2.

The younger brother of Laurens Vanthoor, 19-year-old Dries Vanthoor, earned himself the test by finishing fifth overall in the drivers’ classification of the 2017 Blancpain GT Sprint Cup season.

Nico Müller will be the reference driver for Audi Sport at the Lausitzring.