Belgian Audi Club Team WRT unveiled their 2019 season plans yesterday evening with confirmation of their full season driver squads for the Blancpain GT Series.
The team will again field multi-car efforts in both the Blancpain Endurance Cup and the sprint format World Challenge Europe.
Both efforts see new and returning talents involved aboard the team’s fleet of Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evos. The three car Endurance effort sees Audi factory man Dries Vanthoor joined by Ezequiel Perez Companc and Alex Riberas. Fresh from another endurance win in the USA, Rik Breukers has unveiled as part of WRTs 2019 plans, he’s joined by Charles Weerts, a standout performer in the 2018 FIA GT Nations Cup and ex Nissan GT Academy man Ricardo Sanchez, the trio forming one of the team’s Silver Cup efforts.
The other sees Aussie emerging star Shae Davis joined by 2018 ELMS LMP2 race winner Paul Petit and ex Aston Martin Racing and JMW Motorsport man Alex MacDowall.
In the World Challenge Europe the team fields a quartet of cars, Vanthoor and Perez Companc will again join forces whilst Weerts, Breukers and Davies will also compete, albeit all with different team-mates in the Sprint races, Weerts joined by Audi factory man Chris Mies, Breukers by Oscar Tunjo and Davies by McLaren Autosport Young Driver winner, 17-year-old Tom Gamble, the youngster making a highly unusual choice of a GT route forwards in the wake of an award that has previously seen the winners plough a single seater furrow.
Blancpain GT Endurance Cup
#2 Dries Vanthoor/ Ezequiel Perez Companc/ Alex Riberas
#10 Rik Breukers/ Charles Weerts/ Ricardo Sanchez (Silver Cup)
#17 Shae Davis/ Paul Petit/ Alex MacDowall (Silver Cup)
World Challenge Europe
#1 Dries Vanthoor/ Ezequiel Perez Companc
#2 Charles Weerts/ Christopher Mies
#10 Rik Breukers/ Oscar Tunjo (Silver Cup)
#17 Shae Davies/ Tom Gamble (Silver Cup)
The team has also confirmed their line up aboard the #10 Audi for next weekend’s California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca, Round 2 of the 2019 IGTC where Christopher Haase and Dries Vanthoor will be joined by Frédéric Vervisch.
Team WRT will be also involved in three events of the VLN with a car for François Perrodo, Mathieu Vaxivière and Emmanuel Collard.
An Audi R8 LMS will also be entered in the 12 Hours of Spa for Stanislav Minsky-Steijn Schothorst-Marco Seefried.
Vincent Vosse: “We have had so much success in GT3 that when we “only” win one or two series, as it happened in 2018, it felt almost like a disaster for the entire team… I like this attitude! It means that we still want to win as much as we can and that motivation is high. For 2019, we’ll start from there, with a team that has been renewed significantly and has clear ambitions.”