Ski superstars in the next round of Audi Sport TT Cup
The Audi Sport TT Cup again will have unusual guest drivers. After hosting members of European nobility at the Norisring race weekend previously, the next round of Audi Sport TT Cup will have a touch of ‘winter’. Indeed, the three guest drivers on the grid at Red Bull Ring on August 1/2 will be ski superstars Marcel Hirscher, Felix Neureuther and Aksel Lund Svindal.
“This challenge is really special in the history of our one-make cup that has just begun. Neureuther, Hirscher and Svindal are three absolute superstars from alpine skiing to go out on track. Following the rallycross drivers at Hockenheim and the nobles at the Norisring, we’re going to see another thrilling competition as part of the DTM race weekend,” said project leader Rolf Michl.
The 26-year old Hirscher is currently the world’s best ski racer. In the past four years, the Austrian won the overall World Cup and last winter secured victories in the giant slalom and slalom events as well, relegating his rival and friend Neureuther to second place. Hirscher is an enthusiastic motor racer and in 2013 contested a regularity race at the Red Bull Ring in an Audi RS5. In this discipline, a time is set on lap one that has to be matched as closely as possible on the subsequent laps.
Neureuther is already eagerly awaiting the duel with Hirscher. At the beginning of 2015, the son of ski legends Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther ventured into the unfamiliar terrain of motorsport. During the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Kitzbühel, the now 31-year-old took the wheel of DTM star Mattias Ekström’s Audi S1 EKS RX quattro and proved his racing talent in a slalom practice session.
Svindal is the high-speed racer among the three ski stars. The 32-year-old Norwegian is a downhill specialist, has won the overall and the downhill World Cup twice in his 14-year career, and in 2010 was the Olympic gold medalist in the super G event.
Other guest drivers to race at Spielberg include Rahel Frey and Doreen Seidel. The former Audi DTM driver Rahel Frey contests with Audi R8 LMS in the ADAC GT Masters and Audi R8 LMS Cup China. Doreen Seidel, Playmate of the Year 2008, has already gathered experience in the cup race car in the Audi Sport TT Cup at Norisring, where she finished on the podium of the guest entrants twice.
The thrilling position battles will no doubt be fought by the 18 young talents who are registered as permanent drivers in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup as well. Nicolaj Møller Madsen is traveling to the only round of the Audi one-make cup outside Germany as the leader of the drivers’ standings. The winner of race two at the Norisring has 85 points to his credit, which gives him a 20-point advantage over the runner-up Jan Kisiel.
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