Mehdi Bennani and Sami Taoufik join TCR Europe with Comtoyou Racing

Former World Touring Car driver Mehdi Bennani, his compatriot Sami Taoufik and Belgian Nicolas Baert will join a three-car line-up at Comtoyou Racing in the 2020 TCR Europe series, racing Audi RS3 LMS cars.

Baert had already been confirmed at the Belgian team, and the addition of multiple WTCC race-winner Bennani and youngster Taoufik completed the team’s line-up.

Bennani, 36, has competed in World Touring Cars full-time since 2010, spending the last two seasons with Sébastien Loeb Racing in the FIA WTCR in a Volkswagen Golf GTi.

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However, with Volkswagen ending its customer touring car programme, Bennani had been forced to look elsewhere for a seat.

Taoufik made his TCR début last year in TCR Germany at the Sachsenring, impressing with his pace as he took points on his first race start, before he joined the TCR Europe grid for the season finale at Monza.

Taoufik, 18, also has the 2016 European Karting Championship title to his name.

Baert, 19, is also inexperienced in TCR and the son of Team Principal Jean-Michel will be aiming to make a name for himself in 2020.

He shared an Audi RS3 with Tom Coronel and Nathaniël Berthon earlier this year in the 24H Portimão, finishing second.

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