Audi Sport customer racing has added Dries Vanthoor and Frédéric Vervisch to its 2018 lineup, bringing the total squad of GT drivers to ten.
Frédéric Vervisch and Dries Vanthoor have been added to Audi Sport’s factory driver roster to support customer racing in GT classes around the world.
Vanthoor has been a regular name with Audi GT customers Belgian Audi Club WRT. A standout 2017 season included outright victory at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on his VLN debut, a double Blancpain Sprint victory at the Hungaroring, GT class victory in the Zolder 24 Hours and GTE Am victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Will Stevens and Rob Smith with JMW Motorsport.
Previously, Vanthoor has raced in the Audi R8 LMS Cup and China GT, taken part in an Audi DTM young drivers test and finished second overall in a WRT-run Ligier LMP2 at the 2016 Spa-Francorchamps round of the ELMS.
Frédéric Vervisch, from Marke-Kortrijk in Belgium, moved into GT racing from a promising single-seater career that included championship-winning Asian and German Formula 3 seasons, victories in Superleague Formula and the Atlantic Championship ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2009.
Vervisch’s GT debut was with Boutsen-Ginion Racing in 2013, driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series where he scored a PRO-AM class victory at Paul Ricard. He’s been an Audi R8 LMS regular since 2015, running in Blancpain GT Sprint and Endurance championships, ADAC GT Masters and the VLN for Audi Sport customer teams WRT, I.S.R. Racing and Montaplast by Land Motorsport.
More recently, Vervisch has competed in touring cars, finishing 10th in the 2017 TCR International championship, driving an Audi RS3 LMS TCR for Comtoyou Racing.
No official announcements have been made about Vanthoor and Vervisch’s schedules for 2018, but Audi Sport factory-backed customer teams will compete in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, Total 24 Hours of Spa and ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Audi Sport GT drivers are also expected to support teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class as well as the Blancpain GT Series Sprint and Endurance Cups.