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Ferdinand Habsburg added to Aston Martin line-up

Ferdinand Habsburg has become the third driver confirmed with R-Motorsport for the 2019 DTM season, with the Austrian set to make his series debut at the wheel of a new Aston Martin Vantage.

The 21-year-old makes the switch into the series having spent recent seasons focused on single-seaters, with the past two years having seen him racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Habsburg also took on a starring role at the Macau Grand Prix in 2017, finishing fourth on three wheels after being involved in a dramatic fight for victory that saw him clatter into the barriers at the final corner.

“I’m really looking forward to my DTM debut,” he said. “Competing in this highly professional premium championship is a big challenge. It won’t be easy for me as a newcomer, lining up alongside some the world’s top touring car drivers. Consequently, my objective will be to learn as much as I can in the shortest time possible and in that way step up my performance from race to race.”

Team Principal Florian Kamelger said he felt Habsburg would be a good addition to the line-up.

“Ferdinand is an up-and-coming talent who fits in well with our young team,” he saids. “His good results in Formula 3 show that he has the talent to survive in the highly competitive DTM. We want to nurture Ferdinand carefully and offer him the opportunity to prove himself at an internationally high level of competition.”