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Antti Buri joins Nürburgring grid as wild card entry

TCR Germany series points leader Antti Buri will be on the World Touring Car Cup grid at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on June 20-22nd as a wild card entry.

“The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO has always been a big goal for me,” said Buri.

“I’ve been racing in ADAC TCR Germany since 2016, I’ve been racing TCR cars on an international level in the 24H Series and as the opportunity came to step up to world level, I grabbed it now with the wildcard entry.”

The LMS Racing driver will race his Audi RS 3 LMS that he took to victory in the final TCR Germany series race at the Red Bull Ring this past weekend and is keen for a strong WTCR result, but will carry 20kg of the mandatory wild card extra weight.

“These are the rules, and they are the same for every wildcard, so no excuses,” said Buri.

“Obviously, extra weight doesn’t help us, but my knowledge of the track should be good as I have done two 24-hour races on the Nordschleife. Last year, together with my team-mates, I won the TCR class of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. But endurance racing is not sprint racing. Also, I have never raced the Audi RS 3 LMS on the Nordschleife. But generally speaking, I know the car very well, it has been my race car in ADAC TCR Germany since 2017, and I have clinched two wins with it in the first two rounds this year already.”

The 30-year-old finished fifth overall in the 2018 TCR Germany series, eighth the year before that and fourth in 2016.