Audi Sport TT Cup class 2016 ready to start the engines
The second generation of drivers selected to compete in the Audi Sport TT Cup completed their final driving test before the season-opening race at the Hockenheimring on May 6-8. The youngsters from all over the world covered a total of 4.400 testing kilometres in the 310-hp Audi TT Cup car and all of them now could say that are ready for real racing.
During the test at the Hockenheim, the young drivers, aged 20 years on average, also took part in specific practice units, such as starts and simulated procedured of a race weekend. All contestants also had a professional media training session, because a job of a racing driver includes lots of media-related obligations.
“In all the training units, as well as in the race concluding the test day, the drivers were very close in terms of times. It’s more than positive for us to see that the rookies are instantly among the front runners. This underscores the high level of driving skills we have in the 2016 Cup,” says Philipp Mondelaers, Project Leader of the Audi Sport TT Cup.
Five drivers are returning to TT Cup
Audi so far announced the names of 14 drivers from 11 nations for 2016 season. Five of them had an experience from maiden Audi Sport TT Cup season. It includes the German Dennis Marschall, who finished in third place overall last season, behind Jan Kisiel and Nicolaj Møller Madsen. The others were Finn Joonas Lappalainen, Brit Josh Caygill, Swede Emil Lindholm and only female driver Gosia Rdest from Poland.
Nine rookies on the list
The rookies on the list are Nicklas Nielsen (Denmark), Yves Meyer (Switzerland), Philip Ellis (UK), Max Hofer (Austria), Paul Holton (USA), Simon Larsson (Sweden), Pavel Lafterov (Bulgaria), Patrick Egsgaard (Denmark) and Sheldon van der Linde (South Africa).
The Audi Sport TT Cup will have the same format as before, with two races in every of seven rounds. Six rounds will take place during the DTM weekend and two races will be a part of the 24h Nurburgring event.
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