Dutchman steps up to #WTCR2019SUPERGRID in Audi RS 3 LMS *Race winners Shedden, Vernay and Vervisch back to chase more glory *Comtoyou, Leopard teams fly Audi Sport customer racing flag again
The four Audi-powered drivers in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO for 2019 have been announced with rookie Niels Langeveld among the quick quartet.
Langeveld will join Gordon Shedden, Jean-Karl Vernay and Fre´de´ric Vervisch as an Audi Sport customer racing-supported driver on the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID.
The Dutchman, 30, is a product of the ADAC TCR Germany series and finished the 2018 season as the best-placed Audi RS 3 LMS racer in the category.
He will partner Belgian Vervisch, 32, in the Comtoyou Team Audi Sport line-up. Frenchman Vernay, 31, and Briton Shedden, 39, will represent Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR / OSCARO promoter, welcomed confirmation of the Audi-powered entry. “With Gordon, JK and Fre´de´ric proven winners in WTCR / OSCARO, Niels is in a good position to learn and progress in his rookie season. He’ll face tough opposition on the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID, but he’s impressed Audi Sport customer racing and it’s good to see they are giving a customer driver such a good opportunity to make his name.”
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, said: “We’ve decided to include a successful driver from our customer racing programme in the Audi Sport squad. Niels Langeveld has performed consistently well in the ADAC TCR Germany over the last two years and he has impressed us.”
Langeveld, the 2016 SEAT León Eurocup winner, placed third in the final 2018 ADAC TCR Germany standings with two victories. New team-mate Vervisch won the penultimate race of the inaugural WTCR / OSCARO season in Macau and finished ninth in the overall ranking. Vervisch is already a winner for Audi in 2019 following his triumph in the Dubai 24 Hours last month.
While Langeveld is a new addition to the Comtoyou attack, the Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport squad is unchanged for 2019 with three-time British Touring Car champion Shedden partnering 2017 TCR International Series winner Vernay in the WRT-run outfit. Shedden took a sole WTCR / OSCARO victory with Vernay winning four times on his way to fifth in the final table.