Frederic Vervisch is a Belgian racing driver who currently competes as Audi driver in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and different GT competitions. He serves as Audi driver since 2015. Most recently, his greatest success is a victory at Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2019.
Earlier in a career, Vervisch gained some success in open-wheel racing, taking championship titles in the German and Asian Formula 3 Championships and finishing third in the 2011 Superleague Formula.
Victory in the first start in formula racing
Born in August 1986 in Kortrijk, Frederic Vervisch was active in karting competitions in his teenage years, switching to formula racing in 2003. He won his first ever formula race in the F3 French Cup, then entered a full season in the competition in 2004. He won four races and finished second in the points.
In 2005, Frederic moved to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with GD racing, participating in four rounds and skipping the rest of the season due to lack of sponsorship. In 2006, he made a step back to the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with SL Formula Racing. Without wins or podiums, he finished ninth in the points.
Frederic Vervisch was the German F3 champion in 2008
Double Formula 3 champion in 2008
In 2007, Vervisch again made few starts in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series but his main competition was the German F3 Championship with JB Motorsport. He was on a podium eleven times, including four wins, to finish as a runner-up behind Carlo van Dam.
During the off-season between 2007 and 2008, Vervisch entered Asian F3 Championship with Team Goddard. He won eleven races in a Dallara-Toyota and dominantly took the title. In 2008, he raced in the German F3 with two teams, Swiss Racing Team and Jo Zeller Racing, winning seven races and taking his second F3 championship title.
Fred Vervisch in 2009
Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic Championship
In 2009, the freshly crowned German F3 champion moved to the United States to compete in the Atlantic Championship with Genoa Racing. He was on a podium four times, finishing fourth overall in the championship and the Rookie of the Year.
Despite a good result in the US in 2009, Vervisch returned to Europe in 2010 to race with RC Motorsport in the Italian F3 Championship but without notable results.
Successful debut in the Superleague Formula in 2010
In September 2010, Vervisch made a debut in the Superleague Formula with Liverpool FC team, operated by Atech-Reid, as a replacement for James Walker.
He scored points in his debut at Adria International Raceway and then scored victories in the next two rounds at Portimao and Ordos in China. At the end of the 2010 Superleague season, Liverpool FC finished in tenth place.
Frederic Vervisch in 2011 Superleague Formula
Third place in the 2011 Superleague season
In 2011, Vervisch competed in the Superleague Formula with Team Luxemburg. The shortened seasons consisted of just two rounds, at Assen and Zolder. He was on a podium three times, including one victory, finishing third in the final classification.
In 2012, Vervisch was out of racing, making just one start in the V de V Endurance Series with JMP Racing's Norma M20FC prototype.
Racing with Boutsen Ginion's McLaren in 2013 and 2014
In 2013, Vervisch moved his interest to GT racing, joining Belgian team Boutsen Ginion Racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series and FIA GT Series at the wheel of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3. In four BES races, he scored Pro-Am class victory at Circuit Paul Ricard, sharing the #5 McLaren with Koen Wauters and David Dermont.
In 2014, Vervisch recorded four starts in the Blancpain Endurance Series and two starts in the Blancpain Sprint Series with Boutsen Ginion's McLaren, without notable results. In the same time, he gained some success in the Belgian Racing Championship with Soenen Racing's Ferrari 458 Challenge, scoring two wins.
Frederic Vervisch as Boutsen Ginion's driver in 2013
Racing with Audi R8 LMS since 2015
In 2015, Vervisch became Audi R8 LMS driver in GT competitions, racing with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the Blancpain Sprint Series and with Team ISR in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
In 2016, Vervisch expanded his commitments with Audi customer teams to ADAC GT Masters, driving the #28 Audi R8 LMS for Montaplast by Land-Motorsport but without any success.
In the Blancpain GT Series, he raced with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. In the Series Sprint Cup, he scored one victory in ten races, sharing a car with Laurens Vanthoor, and finished fifth in the final classification. In the Endurance Cup, he reached two podiums in five races, finishing eighth in the points. Vervisch also raced at 24 Hours of Nurburgring with Team WRT, finishing 8th in SP9-GT3 class.
Combining touring cars and GT races since 2017
In 2017, Vervisch raced on a part-time schedule in the Blancpain GT Series with Audi Sport Team WRT but his main job was to drive Audi RS3 LMS for Comtoyou Racing in touring car competitions. He participated in one round of TCR Benelux and almost full season (eight rounds) in the TCR International Series. He was on a podium once, at Monza, finishing tenth in TCR International classification.
In 2018, WTCC and TCR International Series merged into the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, and Vervisch entered the competition with Comtoyou Racing's Audi RS3 LMS. He scored one victory, in the season's finale at Macau Guia Circuit, finishing ninth in the points. In the same time, he was driving for Team WRT in GT races, scoring a victory in Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup race at Brands Hatch, together with Stuart Leonard in the #17 Audi R8 LMS. He also returned to ADAC GT Masters, driving the #3 Audi R8 LMS for Aust Motorsport.
Fred's #22 Audi RS3 LMS in the 2018 WTCR season
Victory at Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2019
In 2019, Vervisch stayed in the WTCR, driving the #22 Audi RS3 LMS for Comtoyou Racing. Parallel to his touring car racing commitments, he regularly competes with Audi in different GT competitions all over the world, especially in endurance races.
He won 24 Hours of Dubai with Car Collection Motorsport but his greatest success is a victory at 24 Hours of Nurburgring with Phoenix Racing.
Fred Vervisch (second right) after a victory at 24 Hours of Nürburgring