Team WRT’s two-car Audi R8 LMS line-up for the 2020 Dubai 24 Hours on 10/11 January 2020 will include newly signed Audi factory driver Mirko Bortolotti.
WRT has a winning form in Dubai, taking the overall victory in 2016, and they are returning with a pair of strong squads in search of a repeat after taking the runner-up slot in 2019.
The team’s MS7 by WRT effort will be crewed by Audi Sport drivers Dries Vanthoor and Christopher Mies, Michaël Vergers and Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud.
As preparation to the event ahead of his fourth participation with Team WRT to the 24 Hours, the Saudi driver took part last weekend to the round in Dubai of the UAE Procar series, with an Audi R8 LMS, and took victory in both races.
The other car, entered under the Team WRT banner, will see Mirko Bortolotti joined by Swiss brothers Rolf and Mark Ineichen (who won in Dubai back in 2014) and Audi Sport driver Kelvin van der Linde.
Vincent Vosse (Team Principal): “GT racing never stops: the international season came to an end just a few days ago and the first race of the next season is almost around the corner! We will have a very short break at Christmas, but basically, we never stop and we are already actively preparing 2020, fully motivated to be back stronger and fitter. Dubai will be a great rehearsal ahead of the start of the different championships and we are delighted to go there with very strong line-ups. We are happy to welcome some new faces, including Mirko, Rolf and Mark who have been some of our toughest rivals in recent years. We won at Dubai in the year of our very debut and we will certainly aim at adding a second success in January.”
Mirko Bortolotti: “I’m very excited to start a new chapter of my professional career as an Audi Sport driver and I can’t wait to drive for Team WRT at the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai 2020. Debuting for Audi with such an experienced and successful team is a great honour and opportunity for me. I’d like to thank Team WRT and Audi Sport for their trust. Together with my fantastic team mates we will work hard to make it a good one.”
Rolf Ineichen: “It is always very pleasant to start the season in the warm atmosphere of the Dubai 24 Hours, a race that brings back excellent memories, as I took there my first big international win, back in 2014. The 2020 season will see the opening of a new chapter in my racing career, and I am delighted to start the year at Dubai driving an Audi R8 LMS, which will be a new experience to me, and for a professional and reputed top squad such as Team WRT. I am also delighted to be sharing the wheel with my brother Mark, with whom I won at Dubai in 2014, with Mirko Bortolotti, whom I know very well with whom we shared great successes in the past including at Daytona and Sebring, and with Kelvin van der Linde, one of the fastest drivers of the young generation. I am sure that it will be a very competitive package.”
Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud: “I really look forward to racing again at the Dubai 24 Hours with Team WRT. Year after year, we improved our level and after conquering P2 in 2019, we definitely target P1 for 2020! We have the line-up and the team for that, and we are going to give all we have for that!”