WRT add third car for Ferdinand Habsburg

WRT will add a third car to its 2020 DTM programme after announcing the signing of Ferdinand Habsburg.

The 22-year-old will join forces with Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer in a third Audi RS 5 DTM having been left without a drive following the end of the Aston Martin programme being run by R-Motosport.

The former single-seater racer will make his debut with the team in the Hockenheim tests that are planned for next week.

“They say that if you live your dream it’ll never be as good as you imagined, but DTM definitely did not disappoint,” Habsburg said. “I feel like I did a good job last year and ended the season in a strong position, so I was determined to come back and continue what I have started. The Audi RS 5 DTM was seriously impressive last year and I can’t wait to drive it – to have such a prestigious and respected team as WRT behind me gives me confidence that this could be my best season yet. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get me to this point – let’s do this together.”

Team boss Vincent Vosse said he was pleased to welcome Habsburg into the team in a deal that helps to boost grid numbers for the 2020 campaign.

“We are delighted to add a third car to our line-up,” he said. “As the opportunity arose, we seized immediately. It was in Macau in 2017 when I first noticed Ferdinand; that day, he performed a superb race, fighting for victory until the last corner. I was impressed and we had contacts in the recent past. He is a talented, fast and bright driver and I like very much his approach to racing.

” I am sure he will be a valuable addition to the team, also because he has a full year of experience in the DTM. Together with Ed and Fabio, he forms a trio of young guns that match perfectly the ambitions of WRT Team Audi Sport.”