Porsche LMP1 driver Andre Lotterer is set to make a return to Audi Sport this weekend, racing with Team WRT at the Spa 24 Hours with Marcel Fässler and Dries Vanthoor in the PRO class-entered #5 Audi R8 LMS GT3. He will drive in the seat which was originally supposed to be filled by Will Stevens.
“It’s a nice surprise and I am very happy. When Vincent (Vosse) called me to check if the challenge could interest me, the my answer was immediate!” Lotterer said. “To be in a line-up that aims at winning the Spa 24 Hours, and to be part of Team WRT and the Belgian Audi Club, is an offer you cannot refuse. On top, I will be again associated with my friend Marcel Fässler, and Benoit Tréluyer will also be in the team, although on another car.
“I am very motivated and want to thank Porsche, my employer, for giving its go-ahead to this one-off with for a sister brand of the Volkswagen family.
“In the past I finished on the podium, third in 2013 with Christopher Mies and Frank Stippler, and that’s my best result so far. Everybody knows how much Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps and the Spa 24 Hours mean to me. This year, I wasn’t very lucky at the Le Mans 24 Hours, as a technical issue prevented me bidding for victory, so to clinch Spa would really be nice. Not many drivers have been able to win both races. I hope to be able to be part of this very special club!
“I haven’t driven an Audi R8 LMS since 2015. At the beginning of the week, I’ll be in Barcelona for tests with the Porsche LMP1 team. I will arrive at Francorchamps on Wednesday, but I am not worried. It is not like starting from nothing: I know well the track, I know well the team and I have already driven the car… I know I will be involved and committed 100%, especially in analyzing all the data, in order to be fast as soon as possible.
“And I can rely on Marcel’s and Dries’ support.”