WRT reveals Jonathan Aberdein as first DTM driver

WRT reveals Jonathan Aberdein as first DTM driver

Jonathan Aberdein
Photo: WRT

WRT has revealed that its first driver in the DTM this year will be South African Jonathan Aberdein, whilst it has been unable to confirm who will race its second Audi RS5 DTM.

WRT will be the first customer team to race Audis in the DTM in the Class One era, and are planning to run two cars during the 2019 season.

Aberdein, 21, is the first driver to be revealed with the Belgian team at a launch event held in Badour on Thursday night.

In its tenth season of racing, WRT will embark upon GT3 and TCR campaigns in addition to its move into the DTM.

Aberdein has previously competed in single-seater racing, winning the UAE F4 title in 2016-2017 and racing in Formula 4 in Germany in 2016 and 2017.

Last year he moved on to racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, ending the year 12th overall in the drivers’ championship standings after claiming three podium finishes during the season.

“Entering the DTM is a tremendous challenge, but I don’t think there is a single person not willing to take that challenge at WRT,” said WRT Team Audi Sport Team Principal Vincent Vosse.

“The right time was now, because of the change of rules and the exciting future plans of the series. We know we are the rookies and it won’t be easy, but we are absolutely delighted to commence this new journey and determined to succeed!”

Aberdein’s team-mate will be revealed in due course.

WRT are also embarking on campaigns in the FIA World Touring Car Cup with Gordon Shedden and Jean-Karl Vernay, whilst Maxime Potty and Santiago Urrutia will race with the team in TCR Europe.

WRT launch 2019
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