Frijns set to end GTWC Europe season with WRT – Sportscar365


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Robin Frijns will end the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS season with the WRT team replacing Kelvin van der Linde for the final rounds of the Sprint and Endurance Cup.

The LMP2 class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with WRT was confirmed behind the wheel of the team’s # 30 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo during the double competition of the Sprint Cup this weekend in Valencia, before to switch to Audi n ° 32 for the 3 Hours of Le Mans. Barcelona on October 10.

Frijns replaces Kelvin van der Linde in both meetings, with the South African focusing on his push to the DTM Championship with compatriot Audi Abt Sportsline.

Frijns will team up with Benjamin Goethe in Valencia, racing in the Pro class against established Sprint Cup champions Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts who will become his co-drivers for Barcelona.

The Dutchman had already replaced van der Linde during the Nürburgring Endurance Cup round where he, Vanthoor and Weerts clinched a sixth place as the best Audi crew.

Frijns also finished fourth at the 24 Hours of Spa TotalEnergies sharing an additional WRT participation backed by Audi Sport with former DTM rivals Nico Mueller and Dennis Lind.

Frijns’ last Sprint Cup appearance was in 2018, the year after winning the championship with Stuart Leonard in an Audi WRT.

“I’ve driven Valencia a few times, and it’s been a good track in Formula E for the past two years, but I’ve never driven a GT3 there,” said Frijns.

“[It] looks like it should be suitable for our cars and it will be hot. It had been a long time since I had done a sprint run so I can’t wait to jump in and have some fun.

Goethe added: “I am looking forward to this weekend’s race in Valencia. It’s not a track I’ve been to often, so it should be interesting.

“I am also very happy to team up with Robin; I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from a pilot like him. Hopefully we can end the championship strong.

Van der Linde also missed the second of five rounds of this year’s Sprint Cup due to a DTM clash, with Markus Winkelhock for the races at Zandvoort. Christopher Mies then joined Goethe in the No. 30 Audi in Gulf colors for the fourth round at Brands Hatch.

The DTM is not in action this weekend, but the Valencia GTWC Europe game is between two DTM events in Assen and Hockenheim.

The Barcelona Endurance Cup final falls on the same date as the rescheduled DTM decider at Norisring. Other drivers involved in both series include Vincent Abril, Daniel Juncadella, Philip Ellis, Timo Glock, Sheldon van der Linde and Marco Wittmann.

All of these competitors gave priority to the DTM when the two series overlapped during the Nürburgring GTWC weekend.

Daniel Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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