GT: Valentino Rossi to race with Team WRT Audi R8 LMS in 2022 GT World Challenge Europe

GT: Valentino Rossi to race with Team WRT Audi R8 LMS in 2022 GT World Challenge Europe


Mon 17th 2022 – Team WRT is pleased to announce that Valentino Rossi will join its driver line-up in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS for the 2022 season.

A 9-time motorbike World Champion and one of the world’s sports icons, the 42-year-old
Italian will start his professional career on four wheels with the Belgian squad, which is the
reigning champion team in the Fanatec GTWCE Powered by AWS (overall, Endurance and

Valentino Rossi will be competing in both the Endurance and the Sprint Cups, driving an
Audi R8 LMS sporting the emblematic #46. He will be paired in both series with Audi Sport
drivers to be named in due course.

The announcement follows the test conducted by Valentino Rossi with Team WRT at
Valencia last December.

Audi Sport customer racing

Vincent Vosse: “I am sure that a lot of fans will be as pleased as we are that Vale is starting
a new career on four wheels and that he is doing it in GT, with Team WRT and Audi. We all
know what a great motorbike champion and sports figure Vale is, but most of all, he is a true
racer and a very professional and competitive sportsman, eager to be as successful as
possible in the new challenge he has decided to embrace. This is exactly why we really
wanted to work with him. The test we made at Valencia was extremely positive for both
parties, in terms of technical feedback and working approach, and we took things from there.
We warmly welcome Vale in the WRT family and I am sure that we are off to a very exciting
experience for both.”

Valentino Rossi: “I am delighted to join Team WRT for a full Fanatec GTWCE powered by
AWS programme. Everybody knows that I have always been a great car racing fan and that
I have always been interested in a racing on four wheels once my MotoGP career would
come to an end. Now I am completely available to devote myself to a car racing programme
at high level and with the right professional approach. Team WRT is the perfect fit I was
looking for and I am anxious to start this new adventure in the GTWCE with them.”
Stéphane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group founder & CEO: "I am delighted to welcome
Valentino Rossi to the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS grid for 2022.
Having followed his illustrious career in motorcycle racing for more than two decades, it is
truly exciting to witness the start of this new chapter in GT machinery. To attract a competitor
of Valentino's stature is a tremendous vote of confidence for our championship and for GT
racing in general. He will bring new energy to our paddock and I look forward to watching him
on-track this season.

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