Markus Winkelhock, known in the world of motorsport for leading the 2007 European Grand Prix at the wheel of the Spyker, will make his return to the DTM at the wheel of the Audi of the Abt team, replacing Sophia Floersch on the weekend of 20 – 22 August .
The German driver will be involved in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that weekend with the LMP2 of the Richard Mille team.
“I will not be racing at the Nurburgring but I will be driving at Le Mans simply because it is one of the most important events and I had already talked about it with the team at the beginning of the year. Luckily Abt and Schaffler have allowed me to do it ”declared Floersch who will share an Oreca 07 with Tatian Calderon and Beitske Visser in the French endurance race.
For Winkelhock, as mentioned, it will be a return to the DTM. In 2004 he raced with the Mercedes of the Persson team and then moved to Audi. In his five seasons in the category, however, he has never won a podium by touching it on 3 occasions.
After wrapping up his DTM experience in 2010, Winkelhock has achieved numerous GT successes by getting his hands on the GT1 World Championship in 2011, the Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2017 and the Pro-AM crown in the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup in 2018.
The German was the first driver to test a Space Drive-equipped car in race conditions in a round of the GTC at the Nurburgring in 2019 and has since been involved in the development of the steer-by-wire system currently used by Floersch on the Audi. R8 LMS.
Arjun Maini was also expected to skip the Nurburgring DTM round to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but his plans fell through earlier this week due to travel restrictions involving his teammate Narain Karhikeyan and some members of the Racing Team India.